Official Statement KBC Group Rides, March 2021
Kalamazoo Bicycle Club’s official group rides traditionally begin with the start of daylight savings time in March and wrap up with the end of daylight savings time each year. But with the COVID-19 pandemic still present in our community, KBC’s Executive Committee decided to not hold sanctioned rides at this time.
Our group rides draw a large number of bicyclists together, and ride leaders are concerned about riding with people they do not know, whose social distancing behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic is unknown, and who potentially have not been taking reasonable precautions. As a result, we can not ask our ride leaders to risk their health and safety leading rides for the general public at this time
On the other hand, we wish to encourage individuals to explore Kalamazoo together in small groups. Small to medium-sized group rides are allowed under the Michigan State COVID-19 regulations currently in effect. Section 8-D of the March 2, 2021, Gatherings and Facemask Order from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services states that the facemask directive “does not apply to individuals who are exercising outdoors and able to consistently maintain 6 feet of distance from others.”
This decision is personal to each of us, and we are looking forward to a time when we feel we can confidently stay safe before, during and after our group rides. Whether you ride solo or in small groups, enjoy the journey on your bike and know that we will restart our group rides in the future.
A note to our bicycle club members—if you choose to ride in small groups and you have a KBC sanctioned ride leader on the ride, you will be still be covered under KBC’s insurance.
KBC Executive Committee
The Kalamazoo Bicycle Club’s 2020 Ride Season begins on Monday, March 9th, when daylight saving time begins, and continues through October 30th, the Friday 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.
Ride Insurance and Sanctioned Ride Leaders
Excess medical insurance (up to $10,000 in medical expenses, arising from an accident while riding a bicycle, that are not covered by some other insurance), through KBC’s insurer, covers members and first-time guests participating in any bike ride or individual time trial that is conducted and supervised by a KBC Ride Leader, who is sanctioned by the KBC, and that has at least one rider accompanying the Ride Leader.
For more information about KBC ride insurance and for a description of Ride Leader responsibilities, please click on the following links:
Please direct all inquiries about KBC insurance to the KBC Insurance Coordinator email@example.com
If you have an accident while on a 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 can be up to eight ride groups, which should provide ride paces and terrains to suit abilities of all riders. Ride groups will segregate into two aggregations – “East-enders” and “West-enders” – that get organized toward the east end and the west end of the parking lot.
Speeds listed for all groups are average speeds, attained by the end of the ride. Expect to ride somewhat slower while ascending hills and faster while descending. Speeds attained while riding on flat terrain are frequently similar to the posted average speeds.
East-ender Rides (Note: these rides will depart to the northeast on Texas Township Drive and then turn south on 10th Street)
- 12-13 mph Schoolcraft Ride (15-20 miles; RideWithGPS maps of two alternate routes at this link OR this link). This ride is recommended for riders who are learning how to ride in groups. The ride is over relatively flat terrain. This is a no-drop ride.
- 14-15 mph Schoolcraft Ride (20 miles; RideWithGPS map of route at this link). This ride is recommended for riders who have some experience with riding in groups and who want to ride at a slightly faster pace over relatively flat terrain. This is a no-drop ride.
- 15-16 mph VanKal U Ride (20 miles; RideWithGPS map of route at this link). This ride is recommended for riders who have experience with riding in groups and who want to ride on hillier terrain. This is a no-drop ride.
West-ender Rides (Note: these rides will depart to the southwest on Texas Township Drive and then turn south on 8th Street
- 16-17 mph Schoolcraft Ride (25-30 miles; RideWithGPS map of route at this link). This ride is recommended for riders who are accustomed to riding in groups and who want to ride over flatter terrain. This is typically a no-drop ride.
- 17-18 mph Lawton V Ride (28 miles; RideWithGPS map of route at this link). This ride is recommended for experienced riders who want to ride on hillier terrain. Likely no-drop.
- 19-21 mph Lawton W Ride (30 miles; RideWithGPS map of route at this link). This ride is clearly for more experienced riders who want to ride 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 through the end of October. 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 routes of 20 to 30 miles on quiet trails and country roads and roll past four lovely lakes. These are no-drop rides with various paces, along longer and shorter routes, based on attendance. See the KBC Face Book page for updates and to verify times. Here are two RideWithGPS maps of routes we follow: 20 mile route and 25 mile route (Portage-Pavilion).
Tuesday Night Time Trial – on a measured and marked 10-mile course – will be held (usually) on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the summer, but watch for announcements and check the KBC calendar.
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 Team Clark Logic 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 are typically faster rides through somewhat hillier terrain.
There are usually three ride groups, listed below, which should provide ride paces to suit abilities of many riders who have experience with riding in groups.
- 16-18 mph Oak Tree Ride (28 miles; RideWithGPS map of route at this link). This ride ride skirts to the north and east of Timber Ridge. This is usually a no-drop ride.
- 19-21 mph Kendall Ride (30 miles; RideWithGPS map of this route at this link). This ride is 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.
- 22+ mph Bloomingdale “Hammerfest” Ride (44 miles; RideWithGPS map of this route at this link) This ride, which begins at 6 pm throughout the summer, is clearly for the most experienced riders. 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. There are two ride groups, and both are no-drop. One group rides around 25 miles (give or take a few) on mixed terrain roads in Kalamazoo and Van Buren counties and averages 15-16 mph. The second ride group is designed for more leisurely-paced riders and decides the distance and route depending on who shows up. We strive for a 12-14 mph pace, but this ride can accommodate a slower pace. Both groups roll out at 9:30 AM in May, Sept & Oct and at 9:00 AM in June, July and August.