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Cycling

From May through October, members of the Rocky Mountain Seniors Ski Club are offered the opportunity to keep their skiing muscles in shape with bike rides in Edmonton and the surrounding areas. Cycling with our club is also an excellent way to socialize and meet new friends! 

RMSSC cycling is for all levels of cycling ability and experience! We offer green, blue and black groups & routes. All routes include a stop somewhere for coffee or other refreshments. Here's how the groups differ from one another:

  • The Green Group is usually composed of members who have not cycled for a while, those who want to polish their skills, and those who just prefer a more leisurely ride.  New cyclists should begin riding with the Club during the first few weeks of May, when more seasoned riders will be available to provide support, leadership and encouragement. Routes are easy, generally paved and flat. 
  • Blue Group cyclists often travel at nearly the same speed as those in the Black Group. However, these cyclists like to stop every now and then to smell the roses, admire the scenery, take a drink of water, visit, etc. They willingly ride hills when a hill is between where they are and where they want to go, but they do not search out hills to climb! Terrain is generally paved or packed gravel. By late May, the Blue Group often cycles 25-30  km each ride. Occasionally, on a flat ride, the group may go somewhat further.
  • The Black Group usually rides at a faster pace and seldom stops to smell the roses. Often they go the furthest. They look for hills and work as many hills as possible into their ride. Terrain may include single-track trails and gravel. By the end of May, the Black Group often does 30-35 km each ride.

Most years, all cyclists meet at a designated location and choose their cycling group and route on the day. Special rides to places like Elk Island, Fort Saskatchewan and Red Deer are also offered, as well as a couple of overnight cycling tours (e.g., Canmore, Calgary).

During the pandemic, the club modified the program to limit contacts. RMSSC cyclists now register online early in the season with a fixed group of 10 or fewer riders, including a group leader. Each group chooses its own start locations, meet times, routes and ride leaders. Feedback has been great! Members love the flexibility & opportunity to form stronger bonds with others in their group. The club will continue to monitor AHS recommendations and tailor future cycling to best serve RMSSC members.  

Helmets are mandatory! A good, well maintained bike, adds to the enjoyment. Most cyclists prefer a hybrid or mountain-style bike. Routes include a number of trails in the North Saskatchewan River valley and the Sturgeon River valley. We also ride in other areas of Edmonton, Sherwood Park, and St. Albert. 

For more information on the summer cycling activities, contact activities@seniorsski.com.


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