These rides are NOT QCW-organized or endorsed rides, the club is in no way responsible for the conduct or outcomes of these rides, or their participants. QCW provides this listing simply as an informational service for our members, and the general public.
These Philadelphia-based training rides are available to everyone and anyone.
A summer schedule is in effect from the first Sunday in April until the last Sunday in October, subject to daylight, and weather constraints.
Recovery Ride: This was a ride that met early Monday Mornings at the Shop, or Italian Fountain (which had been led by Ted Slack and Marianna Williams), the premise being a very easy, one-hour no-drop ride.
Sprints Ride: Meets at 6:45 AM at the points course for 7 laps of the 2.2 mile loop the culminates as titled in a sprint finish up to the Mount Pleasant Mansion. The ride takes ~1h, and while the fitness level is high to contest a sprint, this is an awesome ride to learn to hang onto a peloton and work on positioning near the end of a race.
The Drives: Meets at 6:30 PM at the east side of Falls Bridge for a rotating pace line effort for 4 laps of Kelley Dr to MLK and back. There used to be a B ride, but I believe there just remains an A ride. The fitness level required is fairly high, but it is a flat course and you’re welcome (encouraged) to sit on the back if you don’t feel comfortable pulling through. Ride is ~90 min.
Pizza Ride: Starts at 6:00 PM at the Italian Fountain (behind Art Museum along the Trail). Route varies slightly each week according to Team Rohan’s Instagram but generally is 25-30 miles with both an A (faster) and B (slower) option. The ride ends at In-Riva Pizzeria in East Falls where there’s good food and drink specials for those interested. For more info, see the Riders of Rohan website.
Fountain Ride: Meets at 6:00 PM at the Italian Fountain for a group ride through Chestnut Hill to Fort Washington, approximately 35-40 miles depending on sunlight. While this is not a blazing pace, the ride will not regroup.
Dirty Thirty: This is a pretty fast drop-ride that meets at the Trellis (aka Paine’s Park next to West River Drive along the Trail) at 6:45 AM. The ride is ~25 miles of hills and often stops for coffee at Volo in Manyunk at the end.
Hills Ride: This is Kevin Greene’s brainchild that has been continued by Joe and I that meets at 6 PM (moves to 6:30 in May) at the west side of Falls Bridge. Ride is ~20 miles of hills (7 efforts) where we regroup for everyone at the top of each hill. We have everyone from intro riders to competitive racers on the hills ride. At the end of the ride, there’s always imbibe on offer at either team sponsor Crime & Punishment, or Parks on Tap—it’s a blast!
Fountain Ride: Meets at 6:00 PM at the Italian Fountain for a group ride through Lower Merion, approximately 35-40 miles depending on sunlight. While this is not a blazing pace, the ride will not regroup.
Greentree: A drop ride around a one-mile loop in Cherry Hill, NJ that starts at 6:30 PM. For more info see the Greentree Facebook page. There’s 50+ riders each Thursday that do a mock-crit around the loop. Generally a fast and safe ride. For bonus miles, there’s a “death march” variant where you ride to/from the Ben Franklin bridge.
Great Valley 30: Another fast, flat, circuit that starts at 6 PM on Thurdays around Great Valley Corporate Park. Possible to ride to/from Philly, but that makes for a long day. Very analogous to Green Tree. MTB Fight Club: 6:30pm in Belmont
Vino Velo: Leaves at 9:00 AM from Lloyd Hall for a fast-paced group ride through to Ambler, approximately 35-40 miles depending on sunlight. This is a long-standing, fast training ride. They will not wait. Often a more casual group rolls out just behind the “A” group, and will gladly sweep you into the mix should you get dropped.
Martin Luther King Time Trial: 2018 Dates are 5/19, 6/2, 6/16, 6/30, 7/14, 7/28, 8/11, 8/25. This is the oldest, continuous cycling event in Philadelphia. The time trial on the Martin Luther King Drive is free, informal and non-competitive. All skill levels, including newcomers to cycling, are welcome. You race against your own time. Equipment is not a limitation, but wear a helmet. 8.35 miles on the closed-to-traffic Martin Luther King Drive. First rider off at 7 A.M. and every thirty seconds thereafter. Kids must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Don’t come if it is raining. For more information go to the MLK TT FaceBook group. Please arrive no later than 6:45am to sign wavier if possible.
Base Ride: Leaves at 8:45 AM from the DAWG that was formerly called the Base ride but not sure if someone is always formally leading it or is it just a show-up and ride style adventure?