These training rides are open to everyone and anyone. QCW provides this listing simply as an informational service to the general public. Rides listed are not QCW organized nor endorsed.
This was a ride that met early Monday Mornings, or Italian Fountain, the premise being a very easy, one-hour no-drop ride.
Meets 6:45 AM at the points course for 7 laps of the 2.2 mile loop the culminates as titled in a sprint finish up to the Mount Pleasant mansion. The ride lasts about 1 hour, and while the fitness level is high to contest a sprint, this is an awesome ride to learn to hang onto a peloton and work on positioning near the end of a race.
Starts 6:30 PM on the east side of Falls Bridge for a rotating pace line effort for four laps of Kelly Drive to MLK and back. The fitness level required is fairly high, but it is a flat course and you’re encouraged to sit on the back if you don’t feel comfortable pulling through. Ride lasts about 90 minutes.
Meets at 6:00 PM at the Italian Fountain for a group ride through Chestnut Hill to Fort Washington, approximately 35-40 miles depending on sunlight. While not a blazing pace the ride does not regroup.
This is a pretty fast drop-ride that meets at the Trellis (aka Paine’s Park next to West River Drive along the Trail) at 6:45 AM. The ride is about 25 miles of hills and often stops for coffee at Volo in Manayunk at the end.
This ride starts at Cadence in Manayunk at 6 PM (moves to 6:30 in May). Ride is about 20 miles of hills (7 efforts) where riders regroup at the top of each hill. Everyone from intro riders to competitive racers attend the hills attend throughout the season. At the end, riders often enjoy recovery beverages at either our team sponsor Crime & Punishment, or Parks on Tap—it’s a blast!
Meets at 6:00 PM at the Italian Fountain for a group ride through Lower Merion, approximately 35-40 miles depending on sunlight. While this is not a blazing pace, the ride will not regroup.
A drop ride around a one-mile loop in Cherry Hill, NJ that starts at 6:30 PM. For more info see the Greentree Facebook page. There’s 50+ riders each Thursday that do a mock-crit around the loop. Generally a fast and safe ride. For bonus miles, there’s a “death march” variant where you ride to/from the Ben Franklin bridge.
Great Valley 30
Another fast, flat, circuit that starts at 6 PM on Thursdays around Great Valley Corporate Park. Possible to ride to/from Philly, but that makes for a long day. Very analogous to Greentree.
MTB Fight Club
Starts 6:30 PM at Belmont Plateau across from the car barn.
Leaves at 9:00 AM from Lloyd Hall for a fast-paced group ride through to Ambler, approximately 35-40 miles depending on sunlight. This is a long-standing, fast training ride. They will not wait. Often a more casual group rolls out just behind the “A” group, and will gladly sweep you into the mix should you get dropped.
Martin Luther King Time Trial
This is the oldest, continuous cycling event in Philadelphia. The time trial on the Martin Luther King Drive is free, informal and non-competitive. All skill levels, including newcomers to cycling, are welcome. You race against your own time. Equipment is not a limitation, but you must wear a helmet. 8.35 miles on the closed-to-traffic Martin Luther King Drive. First rider off at 7 A.M. and every thirty seconds thereafter. Kids must be accompanied by a responsible adult. The ride is cancelled if it is raining. For more information go to the MLK TT FaceBook group. Please arrive no later than 6:45am to sign a wavier your first time.
Leaves at 8:45 AM from the DAWG (25th and Pennsylvania Ave, aka Reliance Triangle) that was formerly called the Base ride but not sure if someone is always formally leading it or is it just a show-up and ride style adventure.
A summer schedule is in effect from the first Sunday in April until the last Sunday in October, subject to daylight, and weather constraints.
DISCLAIMER: These rides are NOT QCW organized or endorsed rides, the club is in no way responsible for the conduct or outcome of these rides, or the participants. QCW provides this listing simply as an informational service for our members, and the general public.