How fast does the group usually ride?
Depends on conditions, bike we're riding, and how many espressos we've had.
We typically have 2-3 ride leaders per ride. One rides up front with the faster group and one further back in the pack to sweep.
Winter fatbike rides avg. 12mph. Spring into summer avg. 14-16mph.
What do I need to do to ride with the group?
First, fill out the Group ride waiver. Check the Files section of the website.
Typically we post the bike, route, and route file and meet up time in a Facebook post. Be sure to download the .gpx file and load it to your GPS before the ride.
What kind of bike and tires do I need?
Again it depends. We ride Fat Bikes in Feb. and into March depending on the weather. Check the latest Facebook post for the Hugo Gravel Group for the most recent updates.
Generally in March we switch to gravel road bikes. It is very flat where we ride so you do not need a wide range of gears.
29er's have fared well in the spring but cannot generally keep up as things dry out.
Is this a drop or no-drop ride?
You need to be prepared to support yourself. Typically riders pair up on the road and ride similar pace. That said, please know the route, plan for things like a flat tire, dropped chain, and proper food and nutrition. if you bonk or need an escape route, you may be on your own. We can help you with a fast route back to the start but generally need to support the rest of the ride too.
There are no ego's in the group so you won't be dropped for the sake of someone's pride but we do have average speeds that we generally ride also.
Where do you meet up?
The Dunn Bros. coffee in the Festival Foods store in Hugo. Park in the back part of the parking lot. There is a bathroom in the Festival store and plenty of replenishments. Click for Map
What should I bring on the rides?
Helmet, Hydration - bottles and/or pack, Tubes, Pump or Co2 cartridges, Food or gels, i.d, credit card, phone, GPS, cue card, chain tool, spoke wrench