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How to read WJW Club Ride Designations

Each WJW ride is categorized based on pace (average speed), distance and terrain. The pace is a general guideline and may vary based on conditions and terrain. Riders should contact the ride leader to see if their abilities fit the ride, especially if they have not ridden with the leader before. Ride leaders are expected to set the correct pace for the ride.

Speed categories:

A: 16+ average MPH.  These are fast challenging rides that focus on a hard workout for the rider.  Expect hilly terrain, infrequent rest stops (if at all), pelotons and pacelines where appropriate.  Rides may be “no drop” or “drop” rides.  Check with your ride leader.

B: 14-16 average MPH.  These are moderately fast rides over a variety of terrain, including hills.  More times than not, there will be a rest stop near the halfway point.  No riders are dropped.

C: 12-14 average MPH.  These are slower paced rides over a variety of terrain, seeking a flatter route, with some hills, given our territory.  Riders should have some riding experience.  Rest stops are expected.  No riders are dropped.

D: <12 average MPH.  Short in miles, slow in pace, social in nature.  Any mileage under 20 miles.  No riders are dropped.

OR A/B/C/D: Off road A, B, C and D rides are for those mountain bikes and hybrids that were made for just these types of rides; single track or rail trails, towpaths, rocks, roots, and jumps. The level or conditions of the trail determines the pace and difficulty of the ride. You should call the ride leader for the details and conditions for riding.

This indicator (+) following a letter designation indicates a ride at the upper limits of the category in terms pace, terrain or distance.     This indicator (-) following a letter designation indicates a ride at the lower limits of the category in terms of pace, terrain or distance.

Terrain Categories

T1: Mostly flat, occasional rolling hills

T2: Rolling terrain

T3: Rolling terrain with one substantial climb

T4: More than one substantial climb or one very difficult/steep climb

T5: Consistently very hilly with multiple difficult climbs.

How ride categories are written

B+45 T5:

B+ pace (the upper end of a B ride, about 16 MPH average speed), 45 (distance planned for the ride), T5 (consistently very hilly terrain with a lot of climbing expected.)

C-20 T2:

C- pace (the lower end of a C ride, about 12 MPH average speed), 20 (distance planed for the ride), T2 (rolling terrain.)

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Club Rides
  • "Round the Valley" Variant

    This is a slight variation of an area classic.  This ride starts at Pickel Park, Whitehouse, past Round Valley State Park, the Stanton General Store, to White Oak Park, Branchburg and back to Pickell Park.  There are some hills.  27.6 miles.  Pickell Park Round the Valley

  • "Oldwick Old School"

    Oldwick to Tewksbury, Califon to High Bridge.  Low traffic route, five big climbs. 3500 feet of ascent. 30 miles  http://ridewithgps.com/trips/1383219

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Autumn Riding

 

Cold.

The temperature is finally dropping, and that means cold hands; time to dig out gloves. You know yourself and what you need to protect; perhaps it is your ears or your toes; think about some earmuffs, skullcap or thicker socks. Think layers. You may start off at one temperature and finish at another!


Dark. The sun is coming up later and setting a lot earlier now visibility is not as good as it was a few weeks ago.Time to make sure that lights work, have fresh batteries, and are not obstructed by dirt. Check with your local bike shop to find out what you need; also consider adding additional reflective tape to surfaces on your bike.

Speaking of reflective, you also need reflective and fluorescent clothing: just wearing white or light colored clothes will not cut it, especially in autumn when the light is flatter. The fluorescence will pick up existing ambient light, and reflective strips will make you visible in car headlights. You can get bike-specific reflective/fluorescent clothing and enjoy wind-breaker and rain shielding properties, or grab a general hi-viz vest.

Weather. Autumn equals unpredictable. Keep an eye on the forecast for swings in temperature and the possibility of storms. They say there is no bad weather–only bad clothing. Best advice? A little preparation goes a long way!

Road Conditions. Falling leaves are beautiful and who isn’t drawn to a pile of leaves? But before you pedal through that pile, be aware that there could be a surprise under it–a pothole, a stick, an old tire, etc. Leaves also reduce your traction so be careful when cornering on a leaf-strewn road or path.

Be safe and be seen!

 

 


Member Comments

 

Diana Davis:

I LOVE riding in Hunterdon County! The plateau in Kingwood to the rolling hills in Readington. Sometimes a challenge, but always beautiful scenery!

Kurt Grabfelder:

I appreciate being a club member because it makes it much easier to get riders together for a group ride.  Riding with a group is safer and, I think, it brings out the best effort in you.  I like associating with like minded people who are interested in biking, fitness and nutrition.

The Western Jersey Wheelmen.

The Western Jersey Wheelmen is a year-round recreational bicycle club, sponsoring road and off road rides throughout the year and catering to all ability levels. Social events and special rides bring us together periodically throughout the year.


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