Well it's not looking too promising for our ride tomorrow evening. I'll be keeping a close eye on it and will update you throughout the day.
My policy is fairly simple. Lightning is an automatic cancellation. Anything over 70 or 80% chance of rain is a cancellation.
The reason is because we are out on the bald prairie with no possibility of shelter apart from the one bridge over Hwy 1.
We also ride in the evening, cloud cover means it can get dark earlier than expected.
Final reason is that a fun learning experience can get miserable fast if you're wet and cold.
I will post updates via Facebook and your email with a final Go/No Go at 5pm, earlier if it's obvious.
Having said all that. If weather permits, we will meet at the parking lot outside Party City in Harbour Landing. It's just south of the Co-op Gas station there. Please do me a favor and spread the cars out a bit, use the Lowes parking lot, even spread out towards Cabelas. I don't want the local merchants to feel that we are completely taking all the spaces in front of the stores.
So, we'll meet at 6 pm, have a quick safety briefing and then have you on your way promptly at 6:30. Group Two will be heading out to the south service road to practice some more basic road skills. The rest of us will be heading out on Hwy 1 to Pinkie rd and up to the Global Transportation Hub.
For some of you, riding on the Highway will be a new experience. Unfortunately, we don't have a lot of options here in Regina. Any kind of road riding will involve the highways, it's a fact of life.
The good news is that we are only on Hwy 1 for about 4 km's. The shoulder is wide and was repaved last year.
Our Safety vehicle is at the back of the Groups and let's all the traffic know about you. Because it's two lane we find that the majority of drivers move over to the outside lane and give us lots of room. Hwy 1 is actually one of our safer options, really.
Once we get on to Pinkie rd, we again have a wide, newly paved shoulder. Pinkie is used by the Semi trucks going up to the Global Transportation Hub, the GTH. At the time of day we ride, there is not a huge amount of traffic so it's pretty quiet. One thing I will say though is that I feel safer passed by a truck driven by a professional than any amount of small cars driven by distracted texting drivers. Seriously, I'll trust a trick driver over a car driver any day.
We structure the rides based on time, with the objective being to have you back to the parking lot by 8pm. Some of the senior Groups will go further because they are faster, junior Groups may not go as far because they are still learning, stopping for a break, safety or technique discussion, whatever. Our goal is to have you finish the ride in better condition than when you started, you may be a little faster, a little smarter, a little more comfortable riding in a Group. The distance you travel is irrelevant, the experience is everything.
As this will be our first formal Group ride I will ask all of you to be extra attentive to each other, maybe ride a little looser Groups, get back in to the groove and ride safe.
See you tomorrow, hopefully.
I tend to be the noisy one, Theresa and the Ride Leaders are the real story.