4th Annual Atlanta WBL (Winter Bike League) starts Nov 19th…


Season 4 of the Atlanta Winter Bike League is FAST approaching.  Mark your calendars for Saturday, Nov 19th for the season’s first of 10 rides.

This Series is designed to create a vehicle (pun intended) where cyclists can ride all winter in a very controlled environment.  NO surprises.  NO hammerhead surges, sprints, so there’s NO surprises.  If this will be your first time with us, please familiarize yourself with the Ride Rules, as these are what has made us incredibly successful AND cyclists know exactly what to expect…on every ride in every group.

DATE:  Saturday, Nov 19th, 2016
START TIME:  9:30AM   (Ride Mtg 9:15am)
PLACE:  300 Peters St, Atlanta, GA 30317 (U-Haul location)  (Map Link)
RIDE TIME:  1hrs 20min


This Series is based on ride time, not distance.  The overall average is controlled by our Ride Leaders.  For Ride #1, the averages will be:

A group:  15mph
B group:  13mph
C group:  10mph

Like the ride time, each future ride will be increased by the ride time as well as ride average.  The final ride will be 4 hrs 40 min and the averages will be 19+, 17 and 13-14 respectively.  Stick with the Series and you’ll be blown away at your performance level come April 2017.

INDOOR BATHROOMS:  U-Haul graciously allows us access to their bathrooms, so please leave cleaner than you found them; we don’t want to wear out our welcome.  Indoor (warm) bathrooms are a huge plus!!!

LAST MINUTE RIDE INFO:  ALL updated ride info (e.g. weather delays/date change, etc) will be posted in 2 ways:
1.  ‘FOLLOW’ this Blog site, and/or

2.  ‘LIKE’ Atlanta WBL’s Facebook page.


This Series is not based on mileage for each ride, but on Ride Time.

Saturday, Nov 19th / 1 hr 20 min
Saturday, Dec 3rd / 1 hr 40 min
Saturday, Dec 17th / 2 hrs
Saturday, Dec 31st / 2 hrs 20 min
Saturday, Jan 14th / 2 hrs 40 min
Saturday, Jan 28th / 3 hrs
Saturday, Feb 11th / 3 hrs 20 min
Saturday, Feb 25th / 3 hrs 40 min
Saturday, Mar 11th / 4 hrs
Saturday, Mar 25th / 4 hrs 20 min

IMPORTANT:  Which group do you ride in?  All Groups are based on what your typical overall average speed is on any given ride in Atlanta:

~  Group A:  19 mph avg and higher
~  Group B1:  17-18 mph avg
~  Group B2:  15-16 mph avg
~  Group C:  12.5-14 mph avg 

<<<NOTE:>>>  These are “NOT” the actual speeds we will be riding.  These are to determine which group you need to ride in

Please read the following guidelines very carefully.  This Winter Series is a very structured, organized ride and is specifically designed to ride as a group.  Habitual offenders and those unwilling to accept respectful correction are welcome to participate in other group rides.  All cyclists (even you faster guys/gals) are welcome; you just need to adhere to the following Rules:

1.  NO Sprinting:  If you feel the need to sprint, please find another ride.  We all know that it only takes one person to blow off the front, for the entire peloton to be split apart.
2.  Steady Pace:  Our Ride Leaders are responsible for setting the pace.  When Ride Leaders rotate off the front, the same pace (at which they were riding) is expected to be maintained with the ‘new’ leaders at the front.  Deliberate, sudden or abrupt jumps in speed will not be tolerated.
3.  Double Pace line:  The peloton is limited (at all times) to ride only 2-abreast, or more commonly called a double pace line.  GA law limits cyclists (without an event permit) to ride 2-abreast.  Only during rotations, will this be an exception.
4.  Traffic Lights:  Running traffic lights will not be tolerated.  If part of your group is caught with the light turning red as you are approaching, you need to stop.  You will have a chance to re-join your group.
5.  Stop Signs:  Running stops signs will not be tolerated.  We will stop as a group and roll through as a group.
6.  Rotating:  No one is allowed to pull longer than 10 minutes at a time.  This allows for everyone the opportunity to learn to pull at the front, rotate positions and gain confidence.
7.  Mechanical Needs:  If you have any type of mechanical, first signal that you are slowing down and make your way out of the road.  All cyclists are responsible for any repairs (e.g. punctures, etc.) needed, however, other cyclists may offer their help.  The peloton WILL stop and wait.  Once the mechanical has been resolved, the entire group will start together.
8.  Lack of Skill or Comfort:  Professional coaching will be provided as a courtesy by ‘Coach Robert’ to anyone who may have a low confidence or skill level of riding in an organized, double pace line and/or being able to ride in a consistent, straight line, drafting, etc.  Unlimited professional coaching tips!!!
9.  Tri Bikes:  ALL cyclists are welcome, including those with tri bikes.  Riding in the aero bars is only permitted when you are pulling at the front; all other times you must ride with your hands on the brakes.
10.  Ear Phones:  No earbuds, ear phones, etc. are allowed during our rides.  If you can’t ride without them, you are most welcome to visit other group rides.


7 responses to “4th Annual Atlanta WBL (Winter Bike League) starts Nov 19th…

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  2. HI Coach Robert,
    What is the participation fee, and is the meeting location always at that first one listed, the UHaul place? Very interested. Thank you!

    • Hey Jan,
      You are correct; always same start location at the U-Haul. Excited you are participating; NOTHING like anything you’ve ever experienced before!!! Make sure you spread the word to all your cycling friends!!!!!


  3. Hi Coach Robert,
    does the ALL cyclists welcome include MTBs? I don’t have a road bike (yet) but would love a chance to learn group rides.

    • Katrin,
      YES, if you can ride your mtn bike along w/others in the double pace line, I’m totally OK with that. If that is the case, you’ll need to be mindful of your handlebars being wider than the typical road bike bars, so make sure you have the appropriate space when riding next to your partner. 2ndly, if you have disc brakes, just know they are MUCH more sensitive than typical caliper brakes on road bikes; we want to avoid at all costs anything being done abruptly…like abruptly slowing down, etc.


  4. Great! Thank you! I will join your ride on the 3rd of December, either with my mtb or my potential roadbike.

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