Group bike rides return to Edwards this week |

Group bike rides return to Edwards this week

Thursday Night Worlds participants get after it on a ride last summer. The weekly group road rides are underway for the summer.
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EDWARDS — Most cycling-centric towns have established group rides that are embedded in the community’s cycling culture. They are usually a great training ride and have a social element that make them fun for riders. Dogma Athletica and Crazy Mountain Brewing Co. host a ride like this for the Vail Valley community called Thursday Night Worlds. It begins again this week.

The Thursday Night Worlds road ride will meet in front of the steps at Dogma Athletica in The Riverwalk at Edwards and will roll out at 5:30 p.m. sharp. The course and start time will be the same each Thursday throughout the summer to create continuity and help build momentum for the ride. The regular route will be a 30-mile out-and-back course that heads west on U.S. Highway 6 for 6.5 miles then turns north on Colorado Highway 131 at Wolcott. The first leg will top out at the peak of Wolcott Pass, about 8.5 miles up Highway 131. The ride will regroup there before returning via the same route. Post-ride, participants are encouraged to congregate at Crazy Mountain Brewing Co. for a fun evening with food and drink specials for riders.


Thursday Night Worlds bills itself as a fast-moving training ride. Offering an out-and-back course allows riders who get dropped to link back up later in the ride. A strong, regular group ride like this provides a great training stimulus for cyclists. From a physiological standpoint, riders will get different muscle fiber activation than on their solo training rides due to the increased overall speed and the small dynamic of changes in pace that occur within the group. It will be a solid aerobic workout with some anaerobic benefit too, as riders will hit anaerobic efforts at key sections on the course. A group ride also helps to build cyclists’ riding skills and etiquette as participants learn how to properly position themselves in the group and how to form effective and safe pace lines.

Riders are encouraged to show up at the meet-up point in front of Dogma Athletica’s steps at the clock tower several minutes early as the ride will depart promptly at 5:30 p.m. Riders are encouraged to wear a helmet, ride a tuned and well-functioning bike, obey all traffic rules and follow good group riding etiquette. The atmosphere is designed to be welcoming to help facilitate a fun training ride.

Ride participants are offered a 15 percent discount on all fueling and hydration products at Dogma Athletica. Riders will also receive a Dogma Athletica rubber wristband to indicate they are eligible for special food and drink deals at Crazy Mountain Brewing Co. after the ride.

If you are an avid cyclist or road-rider, come to Thursday Night Worlds to help create a wonderful regular ride and social event for the Vail Valley’s cycling community.

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