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    Default Tuesday Freshbikes (fka Conte's) Arlington Hill Ride is back

    From Squadra Coppi:

    Starting this Tuesday, April 17th, the Arlington hill ride at Freshbikes (formerly Conte's) is back! Please join us for riding, BBQs, happy hours, and Strava competitions throughout the season. With hundreds of riders showing up each week, this has become one of the largest group rides in the country.


    Ride Time: 6:30pm at Mosaic Park, Google Map. Just down the street from Freshbikes
    A ride: The A ride is a series of 4-5 hill sprints with some regrouping at the end of each sprint point. This is a drop-ride with no sweep. Cue sheet available soon on the Freshbikes website Event Page.
    B ride: The B ride is a single loop with plenty of climbing, but no sprint points. The ride does not regroup, but there is a sweep at the back of the ride. With hundreds of participants, there will be a group that's right for every pace. Cue sheet available soon on the Event Page.
    Safety: During the ride, all riders must obey traffic signs and lights and try to minimize any negative feedback from the neighborhoods and vehicular traffic with respect to blocking traffic, annoying pedestrians., etc. Riders engaging in dangerous or careless behavior will be excluded from the ride. There will be a police escort most weeks. Helmet required. Flat tire kit strongly suggested. Front and rear light strongly recommended in the latter part of the season, or for anyone attending happy hour.
    Monthly BBQ: The BBQs are also back on the 1st Tuesday of every month (May 1st, June 5th, July 3rd, August 7th, September 4th). After the ride, go to the bike shop parking lot for adult beverages and a free BBQ catered by Baja Fresh, courtesy of Freshbikes.
    NEW Vapiano Mountain Challenge: Squadra Coppi's new title sponsor has stepped up to provide prizes for a Strava competition on the third Tuesday of every month (May 15, June 19th, July 17th, August 21st ). Various prizes will be awarded on site for KOMs and QOMs. Free appetizers for participants. More details to follow.
    Vapiano Happy Hour: On all the dates when there is not a BBQ, there will be a happy hour at Vapiano following the ride. 4401 Wilson Blvd. Drink and food specials for cyclists. We reserve the outdoor patio, where you can drink within sight of your bike.
    Freshbikes Service: The shop mechanics will do their best to meet last minute service requests but it is very busy before each ride, so please come early and understand that there are often .
    Weather: The event is rain or shine, but canceled in the event of lightning or heavy downpour.




    On behalf of Squadra Coppi, thank you to Freshbikes, Vapiano and Arlington county police for putting so much effort into a great series of training rides.

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    I'll be out there every week, ruining all that goodwill you all work so hard to build up with the public.

    Seriously, please behave. I'd like this ride to continue to happen for another year.

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    Freshbikes is where I got my bikes, but I've always been too chicken to do these rides. I'm the typical old and fat guy who bought way more bike than he needs. I hate to be a living cliche... I want to give it a try though. Maybe I'll round up a beater bike for the ride

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    I did it once towards the end of last year - there was a guy who did it on a Cannondale 29er. I had my lights but was amazed how many people didn't!

    Anyway I plan to try it a bit more this year and get some free food, although I found the ride route a bit boring (I guess just because I ride through N Arlington hills so much anyway) and I don't really like Baja Fresh

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    any idea what the avg pace is for the a and b rides?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpokeGrenadeSR View Post
    any idea what the avg pace is for the a and b rides?
    This is the B ride -http://connect.garmin.com/activity/97142646 - but there are people both much faster and much slower than that. The ride sorts itself into groups once you leave the starting point. I promise you'll find a place in the group no matter your speed. That goes for you up there too, Jim.^^^

    The A ride... I wouldn't know, I'm not fast enough. Ask Tim Kelley.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vvill View Post
    I did it once towards the end of last year - there was a guy who did it on a Cannondale 29er. I had my lights but was amazed how many people didn't!

    Anyway I plan to try it a bit more this year and get some free food, although I found the ride route a bit boring (I guess just because I ride through N Arlington hills so much anyway) and I don't really like Baja Fresh
    That dude on the 29er is a beast.

    I don't like Baja Fresh normally but they have grills set up right there, the food is fresh... maybe it's the atmosphere changing my mind but the BBQ and a post-ride beer can't be beat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveK View Post
    The A ride... I wouldn't know, I'm not fast enough. Ask Tim Kelley.
    Tim who???

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveK View Post
    Ask Tim Kelley.
    The A-ride will average upper 20s on the flats and doesn't slow down much on the hills. If you're a solid 3/4 or a fast 5 you can probably maintain contact with the group. In the past they did wait to regroup after the loop and pick up any stragglers, but things might be different this year.

    You can make the B-ride as hard as you want to if you're the one pushing the pace off the front.

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    Looking forward to seeing all of you tonight!

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