Weekly Rides

Regularly Scheduled Rides

Regularly scheduled weekly rides begin at a regular start time and location and usually follow the same route each week.

Ride cancellations are announced via Chainrings or on the LBC Facebook page.

Non-members are welcome to participate in LBC weekly rides but are not covered by club insurance.

Before riding with us, please review our Ride Rules / Code of Conduct information.

Beginners Ride — Mondays at 6:30 p.m. leaving from the Spring Hill Suites parking lot.  On hiatus for 2018 – see you next summer!

The Beginners Ride is offered during the summer months (first Monday after Memorial Day through last Monday in August) for individuals new to cycling. This is approximately a 10-mile, 10-12 mph ride intended to promote safe riding in Lawrence area streets. The purpose of this ride is to help participants develop confident road cycling habits through brief (15-20 min.) instruction and a supportive weekly group ride. This Lawrence Bike Club ride is supported by local League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructors. Cyclists need to bring a bike, helmet and a water bottle. For more details, see the Beginners Ride Facebook page.

Ride Leader: Wendy Shoemaker

Smell the Roses Ride — Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. leaving from Constant Park

This social paced ride heads north and west of Lawrence toward Lakeview Lake, offering a fairly flat route for those who stay on the paved out-and-back portion of the ride.  The ride stays with the slowest rider, usually averaging 12-14 mph for 15 miles.  Bring your wider-tired bike if you’re inclined because when the pavement ends between Lawrence and Lecompton, some riders may take the gravel for the second half of the ride. Ends with a visit to a local restaurant for dinner and conversation.

Ride Leaders: Keith Dick

Taco Ride — Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. leaving from South ParkAs of 10/31/2018, on hiatus for 2018 – see you next spring!

This is a fast paced ride averaging 18-20+ mph for the ‘A’ group (slower riders are dropped) and 16-17 mph for the ‘B’ group (no-drop, regroups periodically).  Total ride distance:  33 miles for the ‘A’ group and 26 for the ‘B’ group.  Riders are expected to have experience and be comfortable riding in a pace line.  The Taco route loops to the south and east of Lawrence with cut-offs for shorter distance.  Riders can stick around for dinner at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop after the ride if inclined.

Ride Leaders: Rob Wilshusen; Allen Williams; Jim MacMurray

Muffin Ride — Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. starting from Clinton Lake, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  On hiatus for 2018 – follow Chainrings for possible Saturday morning member-organized rides.

The Muffin ride is the largest weekly club ride and will usually break into groups based on rider ability. The fastest group may average 18-20 mph on the way out and 20-23 mph on the return trip. Generally groups form for those riding about 15-17 mph and about 13-14 mph, and riders can move between groups depending on their abilities and how they are feeling that day.  Approximately 25 miles along County Road 458 to Lone Star Lake, then returning via County Roads 1029 and 458.

Ride Leaders: Allen Williams, Don Varnau

Rides With Varying Start Locations and Times

Retro Velo

Note:  Days and times for Retro Velo rides are announced via Chainrings.

This mid-morning weekday ride accommodates retirees as well as others able to ride during the day.

The ride occurs at least one morning per week and occasionally twice when weather and volunteer leadership allows. Rides are on weekdays, with the day, time, and departure location adjusted to take advantage of the best weather available. Rides generally start mid-morning, and riders gather for lunch and fellowship following the ride.

Ride distance is generally 30-40 miles at a 15+ mph pace on the flats with stops at 5-7 mile intervals to regroup.

For more information, contact ride leader Jim Baze at jimbaze@yahoo.com.

Ad hoc member-organized rides

Ad hoc member-organized rides are announced via Chainrings.  Members can learn more about these rides by joining LBC and being added to our Chainrings listserve.  Please note that participants are not covered by LBC insurance.