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B-SIG Resources

2017 B-SIG Schedule

Classification Ride: Saturday, March 11

Rides 2-10: Saturdays, March 18 - May 13

Questions? Contact: bsig@nycc.org

B-SIG Coordinator

  • Fred Leffel

B-SIG Group Captains

  • 18MPH - Jorge Negrin
  • 17MPH - TBD
  • 16MPH - Valli McRoberts Weiss

 

Spring Training: The 2017 B-SIG

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Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 9:00am
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Details & RSVP for the February "All About The SIG & STS" Club Meeting are here

Cue Sheets and GPS files for the B-SIG rides will be distributed via email during the week preceding each ride.

Do you want to ...

  • Learn how to ride safely in a group?

  • Learn good bike-handling skills?

  • Improve your strength, speed and stamina?

  • Learn how to work as a team to make any ride easier and more enjoyable?

  • Get to know some great NYCC routes?

  • Meet lots of friendly, enthusiastic cyclists of similar abilities, some of whom will become your best riding buddies?

  • Learn the best places to go for a cold beverage after a ride?

If the answer to a lot of these questions is YES, you'll love the B-SIG!  Come on, join in the fun!

Here’s what some of last year’s B SIG participants said:

“I think the SIG is fantastic – dunno how else to put it.”

“Loved the SIG!”

“I loved every minute of it. I had an amazing time and improved a lot. I could tell the difference by week 3. All that I learned will be with me for years to come.”

“The SIG brought me great happiness and new friends.”

“Fantastic program and it was well worth the time commitment.”

“Best thing I’ve done for myself if a while.”

“Phenomenal.”

The B SIG is a 10 week progressive training program in group riding. Our goal is to create safe, competent and confident riders.  But by participating in the B SIG, you’ll also improve your conditioning, enjoy the camaraderie of a great group of leaders and fellow SIGgies, get exposure to a world of cycling knowledge, and have the opportunity to a participate in a variety of “extra curricular” activities, such as classes in bike maintenance, nutrition, stretching, flexibility, first aid, and SIG “socials.”  

The B SIG is a structured program with a set curriculum.   Here's an overview of how it works:

 

The B-SIG is divided into 3 different pace levels: B 16, B 17 and B18.

The numbers  – 16, 17, 18 – refer to sustained cruising speed over flat terrain, not average speed over the entire ride.   

 

Don't worry; we'll place you in the proper group.

When you sign up for the B-SIG you do not choose a specific pace level; you simply sign up for the B SIG. The first week will consist of an indoor orientation session followed by a 6 lap ride around Prospect Park (approximately 18 miles). We’ll time you for this ride and assign you to an appropriate pace level based on your time. Each speed level -- 16, 17 and 18 --  consists of 3 or 4 groups of around 12 SIGgies, plus one group leader and 2 -3 co-leaders. When you're notified of your placement, you'll be told both the pace level and the individual group within that pace level you've been assigned to.

These initial groupings work out quite well for about 90% of our participants, but we’ll fine tune the groupings over the next couple of rides. By ride #3, all of the groups will be pretty well "dialed in."  

Once you’re in the proper group, you’ll ride with that same group for the entire program. That way, with everyone riding at approximately the same level, you'll all progress faster. And everyone will be happier!

Each group will actually start riding the first few weeks at a pace a few mph below the “advertised” pace for its level. This is to give everyone time to get comfortable riding with each other. And it’s also because we know that a lot of folks are just waking up from winter hibernation and may not have gotten in a lot of riding prior to the start of the SIG.

 

What to expect each week.

When you're accepted into the program, you'll receive a copy of the B SIG Riders' Guide. Each week's ride emphasizes a particular skill, and each of these skills is outlined in the Riders' Guide. In fact, each week's ride will be preceded by a 10-15 minute class in that week's skill. You'll be asked to read that week's section in the Riders' Guide prior to the ride date so the information presented in the class is not completely new. After the brief class, we break up into our individual riding groups and take off. The rides are coordinated with the day's lesson, so you'll be practicing what you've learned in class. Also, the skills and lessons are cumulative -- each one building on the one before. Each ride will be broken up with a mid morning pit stop, a lunch stop and possibly one more mid-afternoon pit stop. Finally, there will usually be a brief review of the day’s ride with the leaders before breaking up to go home.  

The rides get a little longer and a little harder each week. But don't worry -- you'll be getting stronger and more skilled as you go along.

 

How far do we go?

Our first actual group ride will be week 2, and will be approximately 43 miles with about 2,300 feet of climbing. Each week the rides get a little longer and a little harder. By week 9, most of the groups will be doing a true century  -- 100 miles. (If that sounds like a lot, don’t worry. If you stick with the program, you’ll do it!). Week 10 is our gorgeous graduation ride, which takes in beautiful Harriman State Park and Bear Mountain.

 

How long do the rides take?

If you haven’t had much experience with group rides, you should understand that group rides take longer than rides of similar distance that you do by yourself or with a small group of friends. And SIG rides will take even longer – perhaps a lot longer. Rest stops and lunch stops take longer. Additionally, we may stop for coaching from time to time along the way. And with a larger group, there’s naturally going to be more opportunity for flats, mechanicals and health issues to slow things down. In the early weeks, you might get back to Manhattan as early as 3. But in the later weeks, as the rides get longer, you may not be back till 5 or even later. A good rule of thumb is to stay flexible and not make early evening plans on SIG days.

 

Attendance

Signing up for the B-SIG means you have made a commitment to spend 10 consecutive Saturdays cycling with us this spring. You will not be permitted to miss more than 2 of the group rides. In addition, you cannot miss more than 1 of the first 2 group rides.  (If a Saturday ride is cancelled due to weather, however, and you can’t make the Sunday ride, your Sunday absence won’t be counted against you.)

If you do have to miss a ride, we urge you to try to make that ride up before the next one, if at all possible. In addition, missing 2 rides in a row may present a challenge to you in being able to keep up with the group when you do return.  

 

Safety, safety, safety

Group riding carries with it the need for enhanced safety rules and skills, and these may be above and beyond what you're used to when you ride alone or with just one or two companions. The New York Cycle Club and the B-SIG are very committed to making our group rides as safe as possible. The B-SIG will emphasize safe cycling habits throughout the program, and safe riding techniques and instruction are an integral part of the curriculum. As a B SIG participant, it will be your obligation to learn these rules and adhere to them on our rides.  We take this very seriously. Any rider who, in the opinion of the leaders, is not cooperating with our safety guidelines, or is otherwise creating unsafe conditions for the group, will be asked to leave the program.

 

Dates

The B-SIG begins on Saturday, March 11th. Our first meeting will consist of an indoor orientation session that will last about 90 minutes, followed by the timed laps described above. The actual group rides will take place over the next 9 Saturdays, culminating in the graduation ride on May 13. If a Saturday ride needs to be postponed due to weather, the ride will be made up on Sunday.

 

Your Commitment

When you sign up for the B SIG you're making a major commitment. In addition to the commitment to be with us for the full 10 weeks, you are also committing to cooperate with and be respectful of your fellow SIGgies and leaders, and be good ambassadors of the NYCC and of cycling in general. You’ll hear a lot more about this commitment at orientation and in the B SIG materials. One of the most important parts of this commitment, however, is that you're also making a commitment to give back to the club. Towards the end of the B-SIG, the leaders will make suggestions on organizing and leading club rides. While the SIG is free, we expect that each participant will give back to the club, preferably by leading a ride or by volunteering for a club activity after the SIG.

For more details about the B-SIG, email bsig@nycc.org.

 

It's Serious.. But Fun!

The B SIG is a serious program. Each year, dozens of NYCC volunteers spend thousands of hours planning, organizing and leading the program. In return, we expect a serious commitment on your part as well, in terms of preparation, participation, training, effort and, after the program concludes, willingness to "give back." But if you make that commitment, we assure you that you'll be rewarded many times over with a fantastic and fun experience.

 

Will the B-SIG be challenging?

It sure will!

 

Will the B-SIG teach me really good cycling skills?

Absolutely!

 

Will the B-SIG be fun, friendly and rewarding?

You can count on it!

 

Hope to see you out there!

Spring Training: The 2017 B-SIG
03.11.2017
9:00am
cycling trips