RMSSC Cycling

From May through October, RMSSC members can keep their skiing muscles in shape with group bike rides in Edmonton and the surrounding areas. Cycling with our Club is also an excellent way to socialize and meet new friends! 

Weekly Cycling Program

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.

Members register online early in the season with a group of up to 15 riders, including a group leader. Each group chooses its own start locations, meet times, routes and ride leaders. Members often form strong bonds within their group, and have the opportunity to mix with other Club cyclists by coordinating start locations and taking part in Special Rides and Cycle Tours. Regarding COVID-19, the Club will continue to monitor AHS recommendations and tailor cycling to best serve RMSSC members.  

Special Rides

Club volunteers organize a few day trips each year to places like Elk Island National Park, Red Deer and Fort Saskatchewan. These rides include a social gathering. Events are announced in our Ski Tracks newsletter and RMSSC This Week e-bulletins.

Cycle Tours

Multi-day trips to destinations such as Canmore & Calgary are typically offered a couple of times a year.

What you need to ride

A membership with RMSSC and a well-maintained bike appropriate to the terrain. Most cyclists prefer a hybrid or mountain-style bike as 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. Helmets are mandatory! 

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

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