Group Training Rides

The Menu

Free Group Training Rides

  • Saturday Rides- Big Shark Big Bend and Big Shark West
  • Sunday Ride- Urban Shark and at Big Shark West

 

The Rules of the Rides

All of our rides have a few basic rules that will help everyone have an enjoyable time. Please take the time to read these rules prior to joining us on the road.

  1. Road bikes or speedy hybrids are recommended for the road rides. Gravel or Cyclocross bikes are recommended for the Big Shark West self-guided gravel route.
  2. We will try hard to have ride leaders for each ride if the temperature is above 35 degrees. If there are no leaders please upload the provided map links or join the group!
  3. All of the rides from the are no-drop rides provided you are able to ride comfortably within the pace described for each ride.
  4. Please ride single file any time there are vehicles present.
  5. Ride in a courteous manner so we can continue to use these great roads while in harmony with our driving counterparts.
  6. Keep the speeds safe and sane and be sure to help those who have fallen back.
  7. Be sure to inform the other riders of hazards or any injuries or falls. Communicate pot holes or obstacles to the rider behind you.
  8.  The longer Big Bend shop ride will re-group at the gas station at the top of the Hog Hollow climb. The Big Shark West Ride will regroup at the Head Store in St. Albans.
  9. Please be mindful of those you are riding with and if they are struggling to keep up, help them find another group to ride with.  No one likes to be left on their own and everyone has more fun when riding with those of like abilities.
  10. Help any rider that is unaware of the rules or the route to better understand both.
  11. Our rides are designed to be no-attack. The goal is to start and finish together. No testosterone or jumping off the front. Being cautious on descents. If you "win" the shop ride then you're a dork. Big Shark promotes lots of races, and these rides are not races...
  12. We try to ride double file when possible, single file when there is traffic that needs to pass us. We want to be good citizens and co-exist with drivers. Please use good riding etiquette- or take the opportunity to learn the international language of riding in a group.
  13. No earbuds or head phones.
  14. Have FUN

From Urban Shark in the City: Sunday Ride

  • The Sunday Morning Urban Shark Coffee ride is a fun and casual ride from Urban Shark downtown to The Living Room coffee shop in Maplewood showcasing some of our favorite routes for commuting into and out of downtown. We like to keep the ride as peaceful and pleasant as possible for all that wish to attend.  Following the ride, stop in around the corner at Park Avenue Coffee for 20% off all the gooey butter cake you'll need for a strong recovery. Wheels roll at 9:30am. No drop. Riders of any pace or style of bike are encouraged to join. Approx. 20 miles. Mostly flat.

From Big Shark Big Bend- Saturday Rides

We meet at the Big Bend location's parking lot to shake the cobwebs off and get the heart pumping. 

  • The Long RouteThe 7:30am Shop Ride.This ride is a 35 mile slightly rolling ride. Tempo is in the 16mph to 19mph rangeRoad bicycles are encouraged. Contact mike@bigshark.com with questions.
  • The Short RouteAlso at 7:30am, The Mellow Ride We will do a slightly shorter loop at a slightly slower pace. 21 miles. Chilled out. Enjoyable. Fun. No Drop (Unless you ride slower than your own shadow.) Short ride deviation is at Ashby Road/Midland.

From Big Shark WEST:  Saturday and Sunday Rides 

  • Saturday Morning Big Shark West Group Road Ride-  Wheels roll at 7:30am. This is a West County staple- starting and finishing at Big Shark West- we'll roll out the North Outer 40 road and the Monarch Levee Trail to Wild Horse Creek Road and a few of the challenging climbs out to St. Albans and back. Road bikes, average pace between 14-17 mph.
  • Self Guided Suggested Route- Road and GRavel- The Daniel Boone Bridge/Page Avenue Bridge- Two Bridges Ride. We recommend this to any rider of any ability. Use our parking lot as a trail head, grab a coffee at Kaldi's before the ride, and a sandwich at Jason's Deli post-ride. Head to the Monarch Levee Trail and ride across two of the bicycle bridges in this really cool 27 Mile Loop. One challenging hill. We recommend this route as an unguided ride on any day of the week or as an alternative to our Saturday morning ride. There will be a sections of the KATY Trail on this ride.

Urban Shark Sunday 9:30am Coffee Ride

Big Shark Big Bend Saturday Morning 7:30am Shop Ride

Big Shark Big Bend Saturday Morning 7:30am Short Course Shop Ride

Big Shark West Saturday Morning 7:30 am Shop Road Ride

Big Shark West Gravel Ride Option