• Cheryl Wright

Weekly bike rides you won't want to miss


Have you ever thought about participating in a group bike ride but have been unsure about where to start? Or perhaps you're looking for a different or more advanced ride but you don't know which one would be the best fit? If so, this post is for you.

BEGINNER RIDES

These rides are all suitable for beginners and those who are looking for a more leisurely ride. These group rides are a great way to ride in a fun and safe atmosphere.

Columbus Women's Ride

The Columbus Women's Ride was created for women to ride together, but it is not exclusive; men and children are also welcome.

The route varies each week, but the ride always departs on Tuesday nights at 6pm from the statue of Eos at 5th & Lindsey streets, and is an easy, social ride that lasts about an hour. They also organize a Bike to the Brewery ride several times in the summer, where they ride to 450 North or Zwanzigz. These brewery rides can be more challenging, but with the reward of beer tastings!

If you're interested in joining a group ride but are unsure where to start, Columbus Women's Ride is a great choice.

Columbus Indiana Wednesday Night Road Bikers

The Wednesday Night Downtown Road Bikers is arguably one of the most welcoming group rides in Columbus. Started by Lance & Bianca Snider, this group ride has something for everyone.

They ride every Wednesday at 6:15pm from Spring until Fall. The routes vary each week, but there's always the TEN - a ~10 mile route aimed at beginner / social riders - and one or more longer routes of 20-30 miles for those who want the extra challenge. The routes are well marked and they make sure that no one gets left behind. Following the ride, there is a pitch-in dinner or the group meets at a restaurant. Join their Facebook group to get all of the details for each week's ride.

While the name says "road bikers", you'll see all types of bikes in this fun group ride. This is a great way to meet people in the cycling community, get some more mileage on your bike, and learn some great bike routes around Columbus.

Breakfast Club Ride

The Breakfast Ride is a delightful Sunday morning ride. This ride meets at the Papa's Grill parking lot on SR 46 west Columbus at 9 am, weather permitting. It's a leisurely ride with good friends to the Hanger Restaurant on the People Trail, a fun brunch, then a ride back to Papa's Grill on the east People Trail. The total ride is around 20 miles. There is no page for this group, although they sometimes discuss rides in the Wednesday Night Ride group page.

Full Moon Friday Ride (monthly)

The monthly Full Moon Friday Ride, is organized by Kurt Weisner and takes place on the Friday closest to the Full Moon. This is a social, casual ride that begins at 4th & Washington at sunset. Details can be found on the Facebook page.

INTERMEDIATE / ADVANCED RIDES

Columbus Cycling & Fitness Monday Evening Road Ride

This ride departs from Columbus Cycling & Fitness at 16th and Chestnut at 6:10pm. They ride on a couple of regular routes of around 20 miles each week at a 16 mph average.

Columbus Indiana Wednesday Night Road Bikers

This ride, described in detail in the beginner rides section above, breaks into multiple groups - with the lead groups usually riding 25 or more miles at a 20+ mph pace. Just make sure you join the Facebook group for all the details about each week's ride. Rides depart at 6:15pm on Wednesdays - but if you want to be in the lead group, make sure you're ready to roll by 6:10pm!

Columbus Bicycle Station - Saturday morning ride

Leaves the Bicycle Station at 12th & Washington at various times, depending on the time of year. This ride is 2-3 hours at a moderate 15-17 mph pace. Text Jim Branner (812-350-0740) for the start time.

I hope this has given you a few ideas for group bicycle rides to try out. Many of these rides continue until October, so there's plenty of time to join in on a ride or two.

Happy bike riding!


See Columbus Cycling & Fitness - Bicycle Rides Facebook page or The Bicycle Station's website for more information on local rides.

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