We are aware of four, fairly consistent group rides going on now in the Crystal Coast area. Current information on these rides, including cancellations or time changes, are typically posted on the Crystal Coast Velo FB site the night before or day of the ride.
The Tuesday Night Ride (TNR) is a 26 mile ride with 22 miles as a high intensity, group Time Trial ride. The ride leaves Crystal Coast Bicycles at 5:30pm at an easy pace, then ramps up speed beginning at MM3 to MM15 in Emerald Isle. There is a short breather at the Public Beach access to let people catch back on, then back to Atlantic Beach MM4 at a similar pace. The ride finishes at a recovery pace back to CCB. This ride will build speed at threshold. This is not a "no-drop" ride. The pace of this ride is determined by the individual. The main group typically averages 20+mph. The "out and back" course is set up to allow riders who fall of the main group to turn around and catch back on as the main group returns. Aerobars are acceptable on this ride, but riders can only be in them when pulling on the front or if they hang back 8ft or more off the back of the group (for safety purposes). Riders are encouraged to come out and hang on as long as they can. Make it a goal to hang on to the main group a little longer each ride and watch yourself get faster! Contact Brian Stoll at 252-515-0798 (or email) with any questions about this ride.
*** The TNR series is done for the year. It will continue again in the Spring. ***
The Thursday Night Ride (ThNR) is a 20 mile tempo ride that follows the same general course as the TNR, but at a slightly more relaxed pace (though not easy). The ride leaves Crystal Coast Bicycles at 6:00pm and heads towards Emerald Isle for about 10 miles, then turns around. The pace is determined by the people that show up for the ride, typically 17-19mph. This ride is advertised as a "no-drop" ride. The group may split on this ride, but no-one rides alone unless they choose to. Contact John O'Connor at 252-622-1480 with any questions about this ride.
*** The ThNR series is done for the year. It will continue again in the Spring. ***
The Crystal Coast Bicycles (CCB) Shop Ride leaves at 9:00am on Saturday mornings. The ride leaves Crystal Coast Bicycles at 9:00am and rides to Fort Macon as a big group, then back to the Atlantic Beach circle at an easy pace. From there, the ride route(s), distance(s), and pace(s) are determined by the group(s) on the day of the ride. This ride is advertised as a "no-drop" ride. The group typically splits on this ride based on pace or desired distance, but no-one rides alone unless they choose to. Contact CCB at 252-247-1110 with any questions about this ride.
The Stella Loop Sunday Ride leaves the Lowes Foods parking lot in Cape Carteret at 8am. The ride distance and pace varies depending on who shows up, but it typically goes about 40-45 miles averaging 17-19 mph. The route skirts around Hwy 58 and out to Stella. From there it varies, but it eventually makes its way down 172 around Hubert, up through the Queens Creek area, and into Swansboro. Hwy 24 takes the group back to the ride start. There are a few optional sprint points along the route for those who like those Challenges. After the ride, the group usually enjoys some protein smoothies at the local coffee shop. The ride is not advertised as a "no drop" ride, but if you can maintain the listed average pace, you won't be left behind. Come on out and enjoy this friendly ride. Contact Brian Stoll at 252-515-0798 (or email) with any questions about this ride.
If you have a group ride, or would like to organize and lead a new group ride, and have it posted on this site, send an email with the ride information to firstname.lastname@example.org. The following information must be provided to have a group ride posted on this site: primary POC with phone number, ride name, ride schedule and departure time, course and distance, and expected pace.
1. Crystal Coast Velo does NOT sponsor, nor is directly affiliated with, any of the posted group rides.
2. Crystal Coast Velo is NOT responsible in any way for:
3. Crystal Coast Velo provides information on local group rides only to inform the public and help promote cycling in the Crystal Coast area.