Starting this Tuesday, April 17th, the Arlington hill ride at Freshbikes (formerly Conte's) is back! Please join us for riding, BBQs, happy hours, and Strava competitions throughout the season. With hundreds of riders showing up each week, this has become one of the largest group rides in the country.
Ride Time: 6:30pm at Mosaic Park, Google Map. Just down the street from Freshbikes
A ride: The A ride is a series of 4-5 hill sprints with some regrouping at the end of each sprint point. This is a drop-ride with no sweep. Cue sheet available soon on the Freshbikes website Event Page.
B ride: The B ride is a single loop with plenty of climbing, but no sprint points. The ride does not regroup, but there is a sweep at the back of the ride. With hundreds of participants, there will be a group that's right for every pace. Cue sheet available soon on the Event Page.
Safety: During the ride, all riders must obey traffic signs and lights and try to minimize any negative feedback from the neighborhoods and vehicular traffic with respect to blocking traffic, annoying pedestrians., etc. Riders engaging in dangerous or careless behavior will be excluded from the ride. There will be a police escort most weeks. Helmet required. Flat tire kit strongly suggested. Front and rear light strongly recommended in the latter part of the season, or for anyone attending happy hour.
Monthly BBQ: The BBQs are also back on the 1st Tuesday of every month (May 1st, June 5th, July 3rd, August 7th, September 4th). After the ride, go to the bike shop parking lot for adult beverages and a free BBQ catered by Baja Fresh, courtesy of Freshbikes.
NEW Vapiano Mountain Challenge: Squadra Coppi's new title
sponsor has stepped up to provide prizes for a Strava competition on the third Tuesday of every month (May 15, June 19th, July 17th, August 21st ). Various prizes will be awarded on site for KOMs and QOMs. Free appetizers for participants. More details to follow.
Vapiano Happy Hour: On all the dates when there is not a BBQ, there will be a happy hour at Vapiano following the ride. 4401 Wilson Blvd. Drink and food specials for cyclists. We reserve the outdoor patio, where you can drink within sight of your bike.
Freshbikes Service: The shop mechanics will do their best to meet last minute service requests but it is very busy before each ride, so please come early and understand that there are often .
Weather: The event is rain or shine, but canceled in the event of lightning or heavy downpour.
As a newbie to this ride, a few questions:
how long does the ride last in terms of mileage/time? I see it's a loop so not sure if that would be a 3 mile loop set on repeats, or a 20 mile one loop type course??
Also, where is the best place to park if you're driving in? Other than the anywhere you can find answer?
The options have varied, tho lately it's more the 20-mile loop type course. They may have a steep, crit-like, short-loop option too.
Best place to park is Freshbikes's lot if you get there early. You can park in the streets south of the shop otherwise. Best to bike there.
Updated original post. I inadvertently left out some of the information. Sorry.