SF2G Ride Styles
SF2G riders like to go different speeds depending on their mood/hangover, so it's helpful when someone announces an upcoming ride to proclaim the intended pace. Below are some guidelines we use.
New riders: If you're unsure about which "style" to ride with, try an NRLB ride (no rider left behind -- first friday of every month) first. Also keep in mind there's a big difference between a 20 mph avg. over 10 miles, and the same over 40 miles with lots of traffic lights -- that's fast. Be conservative in estimating your fitness -- better to be cruising with ease than begging jesus for mercy.
Now that that's out of the way, here is the vernacular
- Style 1: No quarter. Approx. 19+ avg/~24 feel; some people dropped, possibly 1 or more regroups, close to maximum effort.
- Style 2: Cooperative and businesslike. Approx. 17-18 avg/~20 feel; businesslike & smooth, few drops, 1 or more regroups.
- Style 3: Friendly and conversational. Approx. 15-16 avg/~18 feel; social but not slow, regroups as needed.
- Style 4: Relaxed/No Rider Left Behind (NRLB). Approx. 13-14 avg/~16 feel; easygoing, genteel, plenty of regroups.
Add these modifiers to your ride call to add clarity
- NRLB: this is a no rider left behind ride
- Business Pace: no-nonsense, very consistent moderate-to-fast pace, pacelines, no sprints, wear your business socks
- Shenanigans/tomfoolery: attacks, sprints, arbitrary contests of all kinds encouraged
- SWR: sprints with regroups, usually at designated points that you'll soon figure out
see terms for more.
For reference, the fastest Bayway (to Google, @42 miles) time yet recorded is 1:54, done at an average pace of 22.3 mph. Check out the SF2G Hall of Fame page.