The Thursday “Threshold” Group Road Ride focuses on longer efforts at your threshold intensity level. This type of training ride prepares the cyclist for a steady effort when riding in a peloton or up a long climb. You may expect longer pulls of 3 to 8 minutes at your lactate threshold before finding recovery in the group. In the simplest terms, lactate threshold is the highest intensity a cyclist can maintain for 60 minutes. Any increase in intensity beyond this threshold level requires a reduction in effort because the body starts to produce lactic acid more quickly than it can remove it. Whether you are a competitive or a recreational cyclist your objective will always be to train to improve your threshold level.

This very popular group ride typically breaks into as many as 5 groups based on solo pace ability for 60km. When choosing your group, keep in mind that you will be pulling your group members for a minimum of 3-minutes at the described pace which is going to be at your threshold level or slightly above. The distance of this ride will range between 50km and 80km based on available light with routes often including Elora and Fergus.

The suggested pace for each group is based on solo riding pace for a distance of 60km – for example: if you ride approximately 30km/h on your own for 60km then group 4 is likely your best fit.

Group 1 – Race Team: 36km/h +
Group 2 – Race Team and Advanced Riders: 34km/h +
Group 3 – Advanced and Strong Intermediate Riders: 32km/h +
Group 4 – Intermediate Riders: 30km/h +
Group 5 – Intermediate Riders: 28km/h +

Note: Unfortunately, if you are unable to hold the posted pace for your chosen group you may be dropped even if you are in the final group.

Note: At this time we do not have rider leaders for Novice Riders, which would be average speeds of 24km/h to 27km/h.  If you are interested in learning to be a ride leader for a group in this average speed range then please contact the club at info@waterloocyclingclub.ca.

When:
Starting April 7th, 2016 – 6:30pm (6:00 pm after Labour Day)

Where:
RIM Park North East Corner of Parking Lot off Millennium Blvd. (Behind Building)