Siskiyou Velo club to host five Greenway rides

The Siskiyou Velo club will once again host a series of five organized bike rides designed to get people back on a bicycle in a pleasant and supportive way.

The Saturday rides all start at 10 a.m., take place on the Bear Creek Greenway and are focused on regular riders on regular bikes and wearing regular clothes.

This isn't for the lycra crowd.

"In these rides, we're targeting people who have ridden before, maybe as kids and maybe a little as adults, but they never got into a group," says Ken Kelley, who is organizing the rides.

The outings start at 5 miles and get progressively longer later in the series. The group will ride together at speeds of 5 to 10 mph, with a stop for coffee and socializing, Kelley says.

The goal is to teach people riding techniques, skills and etiquette, with the hope they will enjoy themselves and rediscover their bicycles.

The rides begin Saturday, April 11, and typically about a dozen riders show up to the early rides, Kelley says. By the end of the series, about half drop out, he says.

"But those who stick around might get into a lot better shape and graduate up to our next level, the VeloMello," says Kelley, referring to one of the club's weekly organized rides.

Riders must wear a helmet, carry a spare tube, and as a nonmember sign an insurance waiver to release the club from liability.

To register, email Kelley at kckelley@charter.net or call 541-857-6819.

Here is a rundown of the rides:

Saturday, April 11: Start at the Greenway entrance near the intersection of South Talent Avenue and Highway 99 and ride 5 miles to downtown Talent and back.

Saturday, April 18: Start at Blue Heron Park in Phoenix and ride 5 miles to Talent via the Greenway and Sunset Road.

Saturday, April 25: Start at the Cellular Park Ball Fields (on the east side of Bear Creek, closest to I-5) and ride 5 miles to downtown Medford.

Saturday, May 4: Start at Soccer Field No. 14 on Lowry Lane and ride 7.2 miles to Great Harvest Bread Co. in Medford.

Saturday, May 9: Start at Hawthorne Park and ride to Central Point. Ride length is 11 or 12 miles depending on route selected.

Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470 or mfreeman@mailtribune.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/MTwriterFreeman.

 

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