Something for Everyone.
Regardless of your ability, ambition or age, you’ll find a social, fun-loving pack that suits your style with the LapDogs Cycling Club. Our ride schedules include, Road, MTB, Cyclocross… and we’ll soon be introducing some track options with the opening of the new velodrome in Milton.
Our Road Rides make up the vast majority of our rides, but we also love MTB, Cyclocross and yes... this fall we'll be seen on the new Velodrome in Milton.
Road Rides are currently divided into three different levels...
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Social Road Rides are at a typical pace of up to 25-27 km/h and distances of 40-50 km or so (e.g. Roncesvalles to Port Credit and back). As the season progresses the length may be extended up to 80 km (e.g. Oakville and back). You should reasonably be able to hold a conversation while riding. These are no drop rides – the group is generally expected to stay together.
Comfortable in a Group
Intermediate Road Rides have a typical pace of 27-30 km/h, with usual distances from 40-100 km; rides of up to 120 km or so may also take place as the season progresses. These are also no-drop rides, though the group may separate occasionally and regroup after a short time. A consistent challenge with this level ride is that it's the widest part of the population curve – there is often a mix of advanced riders or racers looking to take it easy for a day, and also recreational riders looking for a decent ride. It's a constant balancing act that never really settles in one place. So, the ride sometimes ends up with a faster pace than is desirable (sometimes too fast and needs to be reined in), there is occasionally a bit of a mismatched group which may split off, etc. These rides are, by necessity, pretty fluid in terms of adjusting to the various expectations and abilities of the people who turn out on any given day. Group ride experience is highly recommended.
Feel the Need for Speed
Advanced Road Rides have a typical pace in the 30-40+ km/h range with little to no breaks along the way and distances usually over 100 km. Distances may sometimes be shorter, but you can expect the pace to be higher in that case. These are full-drop, hang-on-for-dear-life-type rides. If you get dropped, the group won't wait for you and you're on your own. Members of our Race Team very often participate in the Advanced Rides, They are constantly on the look out for new talent, so if you're thinking that you might have the Right Stuff to get into racing this ride is for you. Please note that speeds are high, sprints as a part of the game... and solid group ride experience is an absolute must.