Start your cycling season right with the Philadelphia Major Taylor Spring Training Series. 

The goal is to get in shape for the season. Each week the rides will increase in distance and add more climbs.  During the ride, ride leaders will provide training advice.

Every weekend there will be a stretch ride that will go further and harder than the week before.  The first rides will be at a C+ pace then move to a B pace. No one dropped.  We will regroup as needed especially at the top of climbs.

During the week you are expected to participate in shorter rides or strength training that will improve your climbing.  We will discuss suitable mid week training during the ride.

In March, Spring training will include Hill Repeat Wednesdays.

Rest your legs at least 1 day prior to the ride to ensure your legs are rested.

We have been hard at work getting ready for the season.  If you are a member you can login to the site and see the new "Members Only" tab.

https://www.phillymtcc.org/wp-login.php

Under the "Members Only" tab you'll find a link to the new Team Store and the code to enter the store (don't share the code with non-members).

 

Note: There are some cool new items (base layer, gloves, shoe covers, etc.) that we are still finalizing the artwork on.

Membership renewals are due April 1. Use the link below to get a jump on the new year.

https://www.phillymtcc.org/renew/

The screenshots below illustrate the initial steps to print cue sheets and/or download the Club's routes to your Garmin or Phone.

As a member you can visit the Join the Philly MTCC Ride with GPS Club site and download the routes to your phone for free.  The instructions for joining were emailed to members.

For more detail for your device click the links below:

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Ride Guidelines

These are 14 guidelines to follow when participating on a Philly MTCC ride.

  1. Arrive 15 to 20 minutes early and Be Prepared To Leave On Time! The starting times are actual departure times.
  2. Make sure your bike is in proper working order Before you arrive.
  3. Carry a spare tube, patch kit, pump, water bottle, and some form of I.D. (emergency information)
  4. Ride in a safe manner and obey all traffic laws.
  5. The wearing of a helmet (ANSI and/or Snell approved) is Required on all club rides.
  6. Do not "Bike off" more than you can do. Go on rides within your ability, interest and experience.
  7. Each rider assumes his or her own risk on all rides.
  8. Those who ride ahead of the group are on their own ride.
  9. Always notify the ride leader when leaving the group.
  10. Ride should adhere to the advertised speed of the ride.
  11. Ride leaders are not expected to be bike mechanics.
  12. During Winter months or questionable weather conditions, please call the ride leader.
  13. If it is raining at the start time, then the ride is canceled unless otherwise noted by the ride leader.
  14. Have fun riding your bike.

If you have a Garmin Edge 520, 705, 800, 810 or 1000 & Touring and you don't have maps; then you are wasting most of the value of your bike computer. I highly recommend that you purchase a micro SD card and spend 15 minutes to upload maps.  It will open a whole new world.  Save your phone battery for pictures, online bike fix instructions and the Uber for the third flat; there are cycling functions just better suited for your Garmin.

Step 1: Buy Micro SD card
These are almost everywhere Walmart, Pharmacies, Best Buy. I event saw one at a IMG_6312_thumbgas station (don't recommend buying there). A 32 GB SD card (which it plenty of space) will cost between $12 and $25 now (technology gets cheaper over time).

32 MB Micro SD Card on Amazon

 

Step 2: Load maps onto your Micro SD Card

OK, this is where I cheat.  The link below provides excellent instructions by Garmin model (provided by DC Rainmaker).  There are basically 3 steps: Downloading maps, installing maps and enabling maps.  You will need:

  1. a PC or Mac
  2. the cable that came with your Garmin
  3. Micro SD Card (see step 1)
  4. Garmin (yes I know one was obvious)

Make sure you follow the instructions for your model of Garmin.  And yes I did say 15 minutes but give yourself a half hour.  If you are not at all technically capable but know how to turn on your PC, take an hour.

Instructions to load maps on Garmin

Good Luck!