Training Rides

Mark your calendars! June 23, July 21, August 18

Leading up to the September races and October Gravel Gran Fondo, Spin the District, with the help of several area bicycle clubs will be hosting a series of training/social rides. Each ride will be the third Saturday of every month and will include a short beginner loop as well as an advanced training ride. The rides are intended to bring friends, family, and fellow cyclists together to promote health and fitness while at the same time raising awareness to the ATL Airport District.

Beginner rides: The beginner ride is intended for people who know how to ride and owns a bike that has RECENTLY been checked out by a bike shop and is in good working condition.  These rides will be a casual no drop ride – meaning we will always ride as a group, or we will place an experienced rider with you should you start to fall back from the main group.  These rides will be casual and will cover the basics of riding in a group  (known as a peloton) and on the road. The goal of the beginner ride is first and foremost to have fun, as well as to get you back out riding. We will have plenty of experienced riders to educate and help as we go along. note: There are very few places in Atlanta that is flat. We have attempted to limit the number of hills as best as possible, but there will be some climbing. Pace will be casual

Intermediate rides: The intermediate ride is intended for people who have experience riding but may not feel comfortable riding in a group or on the road, or maybe a little out of shape from not riding as much as you would like. The intermediate ride will also be a no drop ride. These rides will start off easy, covering the basics of riding in a group (known as a peloton) and will advance in speed, distance, and technique as the ride and month’s progress. The goal of the Intermediate ride is to get you to feel comfortable riding in most situations and to prepare you for the October Gran Fondo. The pace of the Intermediate rides will average around 15-16 mph with some stretches that we will increase, depending on the group dynamic.

Advanced ride: The advanced rides are intended for cyclists who are comfortable and have experience riding in a peloton and can ride 50 or more miles. Each ride will include some gravel that can be ridden on a road bike, but it is strongly suggested to not bring your best wheels or bring a bike better suited for gravel. If you only own a road bike, tire widths of 25mm or greater with a tire pressure lower than 90psi is recommended. These rides will be led by several bicycle clubs with experience in leading safe, responsible group rides. The pace will average 17-20 mph on paved roads and will vary in distance and difficulty. The main goal of the advanced ride is to have fun while gaining fitness and practice riding on gravel. These rides will follow a strict two abreast pace line while on the pavement, observing all traffic signals, and will regroup after each gravel segment. These rides will not have a sag and will not have a “no drop” ride policy, minus the gravel sections, and riders will be responsible to know the route and bring all necessary equipment and food to finish by themselves if they lose touch with the group.

Each route includes notes about the route along with recommendations.

Go to the training rides page for full details.

June 23: East Point 
Start location: Kupcakerie
After ride get together: OZ Pizza
Tentative start time: 9:00am
Beginner group length: 14 miles all on side roads through EP and CP.
Advanced group length: 52 miles with three moderate to easy gravel sections

July 21: College Park
Start location: Kafenio
After ride get together: TDB
Tentative start time: 9:00am
Beginner group: 12 miles – Map
Intermediate group length: 21.5 miles – Map
Advanced group length: 62 miles – Map

August 18: Hapeville
Start location: Drip Coffee
After ride get together: Beer Girl
Tentative start time: 9:00am
Beginner group length: 25-30 miles
Advanced group length: 60-70 miles
Routes TBD (full routes will be posted on ridewithgps.com)