BIG (Beginner and Intermediate Group)
2017 BIG ride calendar coming soon. Rides start on June 3 with a BIG Kickoff. Check back soon for complete ride calendar!
All BIG Rides meet at River Run Plaza, 1071 Country Club Road near the Texas-New Mexico state line. Please park in the lot away from the shops.
If you are just getting into cycling, want to learn more about the sport, or would like to meet new friends to ride with then the BIG ride is for you. BIG rides are designed to be both educational and fun. Each week before the ride a different cycling related topic is presented. Topics range from riding in a group (pace line) to bicycle maintenance and repair. Riding skills are discussed and practiced while out on the ride that follows.
The group will meet once a week around 5:45pm at River Run Plaza. For the ride that follows the presenation the group will break into two or three smaller groups of riders with similar ability to ride an appropriate pace, route and distance. Depending on the group the typical ride will range from 10 to 20 miles. The route usually follows valley back roads, avoiding fast moving vehicles as much as possible. We often take new riders along the River Trail to focus on riding skills and not be distracted by road traffic. All ride groups are accompanied by a skilled leader – no one is ever left behind. Road bikes, mountain bikes and hybrid bikes are all welcome on the BIG rides. Additional BIG rides are held some weekends to add variation to distance and terrain. The weekend distance rides are typically planned for road specific bikes. Check the club calendar for ride guidelines, times, and locations.
Learning/Training Materials for BIG riders
- BIG Training Ride Leader Guidelines
- Bike Maintenance
- Bike Safety and Laws
- Century Ride Preparation
- Cross Training
- Cycling Ettiquete
- Flat Tire Repair
- Gear Up Your Bike
- Group Rides and Pace Lines
- Hold That Line
- Interval Training
- Ride Leader Guide
- Road Hazards
- Safety Tips
- Shift Like A Pro