SF2G Ride Styles
SF2G riders like to ride at a wide range of speeds, so it's helpful when someone announces an upcoming ride to proclaim the intended style of the event. Below are some guidelines we use.
New riders: If you're at all unsure about which "style" to ride with, it's recommended you join an NRLB (no rider left behind) ride first to familiarize yourself with the route. Also keep in mind that there's a big difference between a 20mph avg. over a few miles, and the same over 40 miles and with lots of and stops/starts -- that's fast. If you're new, be conservative in estimating the style ride in which you'd best fit in. The average is a harsh mistress!
Speeds, rolling times, regroups: The speeds laid out below are the rolling average over the entire 40-some miles of the bayway route, which means there may well be sprints/attacks/pacelines that are much faster. However, there are often regroup points (including, at least, the San Mateo restroom stop), so you'll have a chance to catch up if you get dropped. Important note: Again, estimated ride times are "rolling" (moving) times. Due to traffic lights and regroups, most rides take 15-30 minutes longer than the rolling time.
Now that that's out of the way, here is the vernacular:
|Style||Vibe||Approx average (flat)||Description|
|I||no quarter||19+ mph||all-out, as hard as you can go, hammertime|
|II||purposeful||17-18 mph||brisk, smooth, paceliney, fast|
|III||cooperative||15-16 mph||steady, teamworky, good workout, not slow|
|IV||social||<15 mph||beginner/no-drop (NRLB) pace, such as FFFF|
NOTE: No matter the "style," safety comes first. No running red lights or putting yourself or others at undue risk of injury. It's just a commute after all.
Most rides are called at Style II or III, partially because the ride caller wants company and doesn't want to scare people off. But don't be afraid to call a Style I if you really want to go hard. After all, "Style I means never having to say you're sorry." People expect to get dropped, and that's ok -- they want to test themselves. But if you do call a Style II or III, please stick to the call! It's very frustrating to people when they get dropped from an unexpected speed escalation. So please respect the call, and call what you really plan to ride.
Common modifiers may include things like "endurance pace", "sprints-with-regroups (SWR)", etc. Please see the terms page for more information.