Wed Training Rides

The GMBC Wednesday evening rides start and finish in South Burlington, Wheeler Dirt Lot and travel through Shelburne and Charlotte. Groups (12 or fewer) form based on estimated average speed. The emphasis is on sharing the road and riding responsibly while getting a good workout on the bike. All groups ride the same route each week; the fastest group starts first. Specifics for each ride (e.g. start time, weather, parking) are announced through the GMBC email list.

rider on kid's bike

Are these rides for me? These rides are recommended for people with some experience riding in a group. Serious effort (within each individual’s ability) is expected, but these rides are for anyone who likes a good workout and is able to maintain at least a 15 mph average, i.e. non-racers welcome! Faster groups are likely to have some individuals driving the pace and they may not regroup. Riders off the pace may drop back and ride with the following group. The last group will usually regroup at a few key points and usually tries to avoid leaving anyone behind. If you want a faster, strictly racer/hammerhead ride, consider the Tuesday Evening Training Ride.

All participants must sign a GMBC waiver once per season.

Membership is not required for participation, however it has benefits.

  • Group A:  average speed 20-22+ mph
  • Group B:  average speed 17-20+ mph
  • Group C:  average speed 15-17 mph

Start times vary during the year (because of the sunset)!! Riding with front and rear lights is recommended all season. Check GMBC email list for current start time.

  • Early season (through April): on the road at 5:30 PM or earlier
  • Prime season (May through August): on the road at 6:00 PM
  • Late season (September until 24 October): on the road at 5:30 PM or earlier
  • Bad weather (current or imminent): most likely cancels ride

Start and park at the Wheeler Dirt Lot on Swift St. in South Burlington. Riders usually park in the dirt lot unless another event moves us closer to Cairn’s Arena.

The regular route is 28.1 miles with 1,150 ft. ascent. The route may be shortened or changed in the early and late seasons. A shorter late season route is 22.9 miles with 1,105 ft. ascent. Check with the ride leader to confirm the route for the evening.

Disclaimer: Ride at your own risk.  GMBC provides guidance on safe group riding and sharing the road, but assumes no liability.  It is your responsibility to know and adhere to Vermont laws.

GMBC is volunteer-based and sometimes volunteers cannot make the ride.  This may lead to groups not being formed and the lack of regrouping points on the ride.  We encourage you to talk before the ride, form groups, talk about safety and have a great ride!

More questions? Send John an email.