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Group Rides

Meeting on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of every month, 

Rats Cycles and the National Museum of the US Army 

are hosting the greatest way to spend Saturday morning!

Group Rides on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of every Month at 0900 

(9:00AM for us civilians)


The National Museum of the US Army 

and 

Rats Cycles 

invites you to join a Saturday morning group ride.


Next Ride: Saturday, Sept 18 at 0900 


This is a no cost, no registration required ride.  Just show up and have fun!


With 4 distinct levels of speed and intent, this is sure to become your favorite Saturday morning activity on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of every month.


The Museum and Rats Cycles are partnering to make this group ride become a consistent event. Over time we hope to grow this into the largest gathering of active and former military service members who ride bikes.


(Civilians equally welcome, at least I hope so since Rats' owners are civilians).


Riders will be split into 4 groups based on their desired goal for the ride:


Business: You want to ride at a sustained 17mph+ or faster and will probably be tracking your stats. (Suggested bike type: Road Bikes)


Business Casual: You want to ride at a brisk pace, but aren't looking to set any land speed or time records. (Road and flat-bar Road bikes)


Casual: It's going to be a beautiful Saturday morning and some good fresh air and a little exercise is a great way to wake up. (Anything that would be sold in a bike shop)


Party Time: You love to take in nature and sunshine on a bike without spilling your coffee. (Also anything that would be sold in a bike shop)

Parking

Please meet at the Museum and park to the far left end of the parking lot in the BUS parking area. You'll see some tents and bikes, which should clue you in. 

To keep it simple: you don't see bikes, you're in the wrong area of the parking lot.


Route

Route: The Business and Business Casual groups will ride the full 23 mile loop, the Casual group will ride the 17 mile loop, and the Party Time group will do a 10 mile loop. Since the route out and back is the same, any riders that get separated or lost can wait along the route for other riders to pick them up. No one gets left behind.

Some sections of the route is on open roads and along the busy US 1/Richmond Hwy. For safety reasons, we strongly discourage young children and children in bicycle trailers from attending the ride.

If you want to download the route ahead of time, then:


Download the 23 mile route here:  LONG ROUTE


Download the 17 mile route here:  SHORTER ROUTE

Group Leaders

Group Leaders: We have 1 leader for each group. We will split up into 4 groups prior to the ride and the leaders will introduce themselves.

Going forward, both Rats Cycles and the Museum want to continue providing this group ride on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month. To keep this going we need volunteers to be group leaders. 

As a leader your role is to guide the group along the route and make sure you return with as many riders as you left with. We recommend riding the route once before volunteering.

If you are interested in serving this role in the future, please speak to Christian from Rats Cycles or Shelby from the Museum prior to the ride. We'll come up with a volunteer sign up form for future rides.

Launching Order

Groups will be released in reverse order of pace, with the Party Time leaving first. Our goal is to have all groups return at approximately the same time in order to encourage mingling and bonding. Therefore, the groups will release as follows:


0850: Overview of the rides and introductions of the group leaders

0900: Party Time departs for 10 miler

0910: Casual goes forth for 17 miler

0915: Business Casual skedaddles for 23 miler

0930: Business blasts off for 23 miler

Etiquette

Etiquette: Whether this is your first group ride or your 1,000th, it's always good to keep etiquette in mind. This link will take you to an etiquette guide. Don't be discouraged if you do not understand everything in the article. I'll summarize here:


  • Ride with a buddy and stick together
  • If you're training for the Tour and are out to prove it, consider a different group ride
  • If you have to blow your nose, don't do it on your buddy. That's just gross.

COVID Protocols

COVID Protocols: Safety is our top concern. The links below will take you to the US Cycling recommendations for participating in group rides in the era of COVID.


Cycling Rider COVID Checklist


Group Ride COVID Recommendations

Beverages

Beverages: The USO has generously donated a truck bed's worth of drinks. Water, Propel, Gatorade, etc. will be on hand in coolers provided by the Museum.


If you require electrolytes and fuel as you ride, that's all on you.


Donuts are sure to make an appearance, as they are always a staple at any Rats Cycles event!

Inviting Others to Join You and Us

Invitations: Please, please, please direct your friends, friends of friends, and people you know looking for something to do Saturday morning to this webpage.


Post on your social media too.  It would be greatly appreciated!

Tour the Museum after the Ride

The Museum invites all riders to visit the Museum after the ride. It is VERY impressive! The Museum will have walk-up tickets available, or you can reserve free tickets at the Museum's website HERE.