The Kalamazoo Bicycle Club’s 2017 Ride Season begins on Monday, March 13, when daylight saving time begins, and continues through November 1, just before daylight saving time ends. Attendance at early and late season rides is likely to be more sparse than in mid-summer, and ride leaders may or may not be available for all rides.
You must wear a helmet to participate in a Club Ride.
Adhere to other guidelines on the Ride Safety page, particularly those highlighted here:
- Ride as far to the right on a roadway as practicable
- Ride no more than two abreast
- Be visible – wear brightly colored clothing
- Be visible – install and use lights and reflectors on your bicycle
Come prepared to fix your own mechanical issues and flat tires. Other riders may not be able to stop and help out if you break down on the road.
Carry a phone to use in emergencies. And, carrying/wearing personal identification, similar to RoadID’s, is recommended.
Sanctioned Rides and Ride Insurance
KBC’s bike accident insurance, which automatically covers all KBC members, will pay up to $10,000 in medical expenses that are not covered by some other insurance due to an accident IF, and this is a big IF, you are on a “sanctioned club ride” when the accident occurs.
Sanctioned KBC rides must either be a part of the regularly scheduled club ride calendar publicized through the club’s communication systems, or led by an authorized KBC Ride Leader.
If you have an accident while on a sanctioned KBC ride and need to report the incident, please complete and submit this Incident Report Form.
Ride start times, by month, for Monday and Wednesday evenings:
Monday Evening Ride departs from the Texas Drive Park. There are typically four ride groups, listed below, which should provide ride paces to suit abilities of all riders. The first two rides listed are “no drop” rides.
- 15-20 mile group at 12-15 mph (Schoolcraft Ride); recommended for riders who are learning how to ride in groups.
- 25-30 mile group at 16-17 mph average (Lawton V Ride; RideWithGPS map of route is at this link). This ride is recommended for experienced riders who want to ride on hillier terrain.
- 25-30 mile group at 17-18 mph (Schoolcraft Ride); recommended for riders who are used to riding in groups and who want to ride over flatter terrain.
- 25-30 mile group at 20-22 mph average (Lawton W Ride; RideWithGPS map of route is at this link). This ride is recommended for more experienced riders who want to ride faster and on hillier terrain.
- 25-30 mile group at 22+ mph average (); clearly for more experienced riders who want to ride (even) faster and on hillier terrain.
Tuesday Evening KBC Pedal Women’s Ride (PWR) meets each Tuesday evening at Pedal South Bicycle Shop, 185 Romence Road, Portage, MI 49024 as soon as weather permits in the Spring until the first day of Fall. Our aim is to support and mentor women new to road cycling and to offer an easy, social spin for more experienced riders. We ride twenty miles of quiet trails and country roads and roll past four lovely lakes. This is a no-drop ride with various paces based on attendance. Longer and shorter routes are also added based on attendance.
See the KBC Face Book page for updates and to verify times.
Here are two versions of the route map: gmap of PWR and PWR route map
Tuesday Evening Time Trial – on a measured and marked 10 mile course – is held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month, from May 19 through August 18, at the Pavilion Township Hall.
Begin signing up at 6:30 PM and lining up at 6:45. Riders start at 30 second increments beginning at 7:00 PM sharp.
The Tuesday Night Time Trial series is a great way to learn about riding and your own personal abilities. The best part of the time trial series is that everyone can participate – young and old, fast and slow – and you don’t compete with anyone but yourself. No pressure, except what you put on yourself. Come and find out just how fun a 10 mile ride can be and meet some old and new friends. Exciting and valuable weekly prizes (lol).
The Tuesday Night Time Trial series is run by the KBC racing team as a free service to all KBC members. You must be a KBC member to participate.
No drafting. And, as at all other KBC rides, wearing a helmet is required!!
Park at the Pavilion Township Hall, then ride south to the start line. Be sure to arrive on time to sign up and start at designated time.
Wednesday Evening Ride departs from the Kal-Haven Trail Parking lot on 10th Street. No trail pass is required to park at or use the trail. When compared with the rides on Monday, these rides are through somewhat hillier terrain.
There are typically four ride groups, listed below, which should provide ride paces to suit abilities of most riders. The first two rides listed are “no drop” rides.
- Shorter ride at 13-15 mph group; this group chooses the route at the ride start. Recommended for riders learning to ride in groups.
- 25-30 mile group at 17-19 mph (Oak Tree Ride); recommended for riders who are used to riding in groups. This ride skirts to the east of Timber Ridge.
- 30-35 mile group at 20-22 mph (Kendall Ride); recommended for more experienced riders who enjoy faster paced hills. The larger group that begins this ride frequently breaks up into smaller groups by the end of the ride.
- 46 mile group at 24+ mph (Hammerfest ); clearly for the most experienced riders. This ride starts at the Kal-Haven Trailhead Parking lot at 6 PM throughout the summer. The pace of the ride is typically greater than 24 mph and the route goes to Bloomingdale and back (about 46 miles). This group is typically large (more than 15 riders) and consists of racers and other experienced riders. The group usually fragments into smaller groups and the riders often do not finish together. This ride is difficult and is not suitable for inexperienced riders.
Shop Ride (Pedal Bicycle): group ride departs at 6:15 PM. See the Pedal Bicycle website (http://pedalbicycle.com/) for details.
Friday Morning Women’s Ride runs May thru October and starts at Texas Drive Park. These rides – for 22-27 miles on mixed terrain roads in Kalamazoo and Van Buren counties and averaging 15-16 mph – roll out at 9:30 AM in May, Sept & Oct and at 9:00 AM in June, July and August. This is a “no drop” ride. Starting on Friday May 25th there will also be a 12-14 mph paced ride, same time, distance and route will vary depending on who shows up. This too is a no drop ride.