The FLCC Sunday ride is one of the club’s primary weekly events. While these rides are open to anyone, it tends to attract experienced riders. If you are newer to cycling, the Thursday rides on the West Hill or the Saturday club rides may be a better alternative. Expressing interest in the ride by emailing the club list may bring out others of varying ability as well, and if there is a larger crowd, the ride may split into self-selected groups based on expected pace. These are almost always “leaderless” rides and we encourage individuals who are planning to participate on a given Sunday ride to use the club’s listserv to make their intentions known to other club members prior to the ride.
We meet at 10:00 am in the early part of the season. As the weather warms, we generally meet at 9:00 at East Hill Plaza, though there are several exceptions to the start time and place, so be sure to check the online calendar to find the specific ride. The calendar will always link to a map or cue sheet that describes the route, gives the distances, etc.
If you aren’t familiar with the area where the route will take you, please be sure to carry a copy of the cue sheet and/or a map as well as the usual touring necessities — pump, patch kit, plenty of water, and a helmet. The rides generally stop every 30 or so miles to refuel and let everyone catch up, but coming prepared for more is always a safe plan.
The schedule of rides for the season is posted early in the year on the FLCC ride calendar. (Almost) all of the rides now have maps and cue-sheets posted on the Web. If you would like to have a map/cue-sheet for the ride, please print them out and bring them along. Few, if any, rides will have direction arrows painted on the pavement.
The overall seasonal plan is that rides start out short in the spring to warm up, and work up as a sort of training regime to the climax of the longer routes around the Finger Lakes — rides around Cayuga and Seneca Lakes. Throughout the season, though, we try to keep shorter alternatives to the lengthening rides, so if you don’t want to get into the long-distance game, you don’t have to. On the other hand, many rides start outside of Ithaca, and a small group of riders is likely to start in Ithaca no matter where the ride officially starts, making for some routes to extend beyond 150 miles (around Keuka, or up to Lake Ontario, for examples).
For information about any of the rides, directions, or other questions, email Bill Shang, firstname.lastname@example.org.