Groups will be broken into three categories:
THE A GROUP: Will be the men and women that can average 18 mph and above. (usual rides distances 40+ miles
THE B GROUP: Will be riders that can ride 15 to 18 mph. (usual ride distances 20 to 40 miles)
THE C GROUP: Will be riders that can ride up to 15 mph (usual ride distances under 20 miles)
Both A and B groups will in most instances ride the same pre determined route and will allow for people to try out the A group and then fall back into the B group if need be.
A and B group rides will be of varying distances of 25 to 50 miles or more depending on the weather and daylight. It is not uncommon for some riders to split off during these rides and continue further.
C Group rides will be in most instances 20 miles or less, all attempts will be made to make these "NO DROP RIDES." (see glossary)
Throughout some 25 or so years of riding and racing in and around Oswego County I’ve had the opportunity to ride with many great people who have had a varying level of experience from brand new riders to those that have been riding and racing for years. During that time I found that the rides were fun but were relatively small in numbers. There would be a few people from Oswego riding together, a few from Fulton riding together or a few from other parts of our county riding together, but all those separate groups didn’t ride with each other. Pretty much unless you were racing you really didn’t get a chance see or meet the people from those other areas.
After discussing this lack of “networking” and “big group rides” that are a perfect way to share the LOVE and JOY of cycling with others, it was decided that we should put together a “semi-official” group. It was at that time around the summer of 2009 with Scott Somers connection in and around Oswego in particular the Tuesday night YMCA rides from Romney Field house and with the people I knew from parts all over the place we began getting together for larger group rides on weeknights and weekend mornings.
As more people began to hear via word of mouth about our “gatherings” and the number of people that wanted “IN” grew, it was decided that a bigger “semi-official” group should be put together so in March of 2010 the name RIDE OSWEGO COUNTY or ROC was selected and ROC GOOGLE GROUP was opened up so communicating via a email list about our “gatherings” would be easier. Since that time we have added ROC GOOGLE MAPS and ROC GOOGLE CALENDARS and a ROC FACEBOOK group for additional information sharing. ROC branded cycling clothing and we’ve even had a few parties along the way!!
In January of 2014 due to the continued growth of our group it was decided that we would best be served by becoming an “Official Club,” well official in terms of USA cycling guidelines. Through USA cycling full members of ROC are now provided with insurance coverage when involved in ROC activities as well as covered under various rules when racing and wearing ROC gear.
- Bryan Blake
Here are our standard rides
Monday Miles Minetto Community Center 8 am
Tuesday Romney Romp MAP
Tuesday's Romney Field House Oswego 5:30 pm
Wednesday SAM rides - SMOOTH AND MELLOW MAP
Wednesday's Nestle's Parking lot Fulton Fulton 5:30 pm
Weekend: Bagel Shop Ride A group ride:
Saturday and Sunday's Bridge Street Bagel Stop West 1st Oswego Saturday and Sunday 8:00 am
Weekend: Middle School Ride B and C groups:
Oswego Middle School Oswego Saturday and Sunday 8:00 am
Established in 2010, RIDE OSWEGO COUNTY was developed to Bring cycling to all levels of riders, and encouraging healthy lifestyles through education, friendship and fun
Cycling as with any sport involves inherent risk which could result in physical injury or death. Participation in this group and any activities associated with this group are "strictly voluntary." All Riders/Group participants assume full personal responsibility/ liability.
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