Why do some group rides roll down the road in neat, tight lines with minimal anger from cars while too many group rides run in a fashion that is ragged, rude and chaotic? The answer is in the leadership of those rides. There are some methods honed by the best European clubs to conduct a group ride in a manner that is safe, courteous and legal. And those rides also provide a fun cycling experience hard to match when riding alone. Instructors will de-code those methods of group ride leadership. This course begins in a parking lot and then rolls along country roads.
Registration: $15 for MassBike members, $25 for non-members
Class Length: 2 hours
Requirements: Properly functioning road bicycle, cycling shoes and pedals, and helmet
Instructor: MassBike Executive Director Richard Fries
Richard Fries has been cycling since the 1970s. Having raced at the professional level, he also has worked as a cycling journalist,event promoter, and coach. Fries is best known as a race announcer, having provided live commentary for dozens of national championships, World Cups, and world championship events. Fries is also a strong bicycle advocate. Since 2015 he has served as the executive director of MassBike. He lives in Lexington along - you guessed it - a bike path with his wife and three children.