Dallas/Local Training Rides
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Overall Ride Info / Maps
Note: All rides utilize versions of the Sunnyvale/Ray Hubbard loop route/s. These rides are not officially sanctioned Mirage rides although you will see many of our club riders participating in them. Please be advised to learn the route/s in advance or ride with someone who knows the route/s. We have included a map of the most common routes. Groups will vary on what route/s are taken, this map is given as a general guide and should not be used as a specific reference.
The information below is a list of rides that leave from the White Rock Lake area and are simply a part of the East Dallas cycling culture. If you have any updates/corrections/additions to this ride information please send them to the webmaster. This information is provided “as is” and we cannot guarantee the accuracy of any information on list.
Saturday & Sunday Morning Rides
These rides generally occur year round.
7:30/9:00AM Saturday & Sunday
Leaving from the corner of St. Francis and Forest Hills. A moderate to fast paced ride of approximately 50 miles that can be cut short or extended. The route leaves the White Rock Lake area, continuing east to Mesquite & Sunnyvale along the shores of Lake Ray Hubbard. The route contains some rolling and steep hills plus fast flat sections. Average speed can exceed 20 mph.
Leaving from the Richardson Bike Mart Garland Road location utilizing most of the same route as the 7:30AM and 9:00AM rides. This ride is approximately 40 miles and is a milder ride averaging 17-18 mph. It will regroup 2-3 times along the route and is a good ride for intermediate riders or riders wanting a good ride without a massive workout.
All of these rides are leaderless and generally occur year round weather permitting. In the summer, the 9:00AM ride changes to 7:30 to avoid the heat and in the fall and winter the group size will shift to the 9:00AM ride to take advantage of warmer later morning temperatures. This ride generally is attended by faster, more experienced riders, but novice riders also attend to advance and test their fitness levels.
Please note that group size and speed may vary depending on who shows up. These rides are leaderless, so please bring a map and/or ride with someone that you know if this is your first time. The group is pretty cordial and will break up in to smaller groups, but come prepared.
Wednesday Evening Rides
These rides typically occur during Daylight Savings time between April and October on Wednesday evenings. They leave from TP Hill at White Rock Lake.
6:05pm - Wednesday Ride.
Wednesday nights, leaving RBM South 6:05pm St. Francis & Forest Hills. Approximately 42 miles on the south loop, STEADY TEMPO RIDE!!! No attacks. Speeds can average 19-20+ mph.
Please don’t show up and try to show everyone your dazzling attack strategies or how you can pull through and ramp up the paceline 5 mph. If you want a nice steady midweek ride, show up and play nice. If you need some other kind of workout, please go elsewhere. As with all of the rides listed, THIS IS NOT A NO DROP RIDE. Please be familiar with the route.
All rides from RBM or the lake will pass through the intersection of Forest Hills & St. Francis approximately 5-10 minutes after the start time. This is a good place to jump on if you can’t make it to the start.