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If your question is, "can wind resistance be reduced for everyone on a small circuit," then the answer is "yes, this is a well-known effect, and if the circuit is small enough even one rider is enough." It is well-known that riders on indoor velodromes create their own "draft" by circling the track. This effect is large when the number of riders is large ...
If it really is an "organized" ride for thousands of riders of all skill levels, you don't really need to know/do anything special other than to be reasonably prepared for the time/distance of the ride, bring along water bottles, and bring money. And maybe sun lotion on a sunny day, or rain gear on a threatening day. But not all "organized" rides are that, ...
Anything involving more than 50 riders leaves a large impact on the area so you may want to really think about how you can be a great guest, self sufficient and most of all not in a rush. Add an hour or more to arrive early - you will be with wonderful people all interested in being outdoors together. Celebrate and take time to connect to others socially - ...
Besides talking to individuals in your local bike shops, you can look for 'recreational' or 'touring' clubs. A Google Search for Bicycle Touring Clubs turns up clubs like our club in Utah, Bonneville Cycling Club (formerly the Bonneville Bicycle Touring Club). Larger recreational or touring clubs will usually rate their group rides by a couple of measures ...
I am not sure how you would find the individual rides with the highest participation, but there are a few organizations that reach thousands of cyclists across the US by holding rides in several communities. In the US you tend to rarely see huge rides because the logistics and regulation hoops in many areas is to great to overcome. Many rides are capped ...
The London to Brighton Bike Ride organized by the British Heart Foundation is the largest UK one, probably the largest in Europe. That has 27,000 participants.
200km Ride to Conquer Cancer (Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal). It's a fundraising ride and is fully supported. A two day ride (from whichever city you start at) for over 200km. I've ridden the Calgary ride twice, and it's been a great challenge, but also relatively easy because of all of the supports provided
La Marmotte This summer I rode La Marmotte which is a good organised 174 km (108 mi) timed ride through the Alps with more than 5000 meters of climbing. The finish is on the top of the well known Alpe d'Huez. I was really tired at the end but the scenery was really beautiful.
300 km, Vancouver Island, Canada If you're ever near Vancouver Island (Canada) and are looking for a very challenging, scenic route, Ken Bonner of the BC Randonneurs organizes a 300km ride called "Alive are the Hills" as part of Eau de Hell Week. For less than a double century you get 4100m (13,700') of climbing on plenty of quiet country roads. It's a ...
Check out the website of the ADFC bicycle club in Leipzig http://www.adfc-leipzig.de. The "Termine" link has a list of their events including bike rides. Also the "Radtouren"link might be of interest to you. Of course everything is in the German language.
Ask around your local bike shops for any groups or group rides. Then ride and get to know some of the other riders if they have kids and want to group ride with kids/trailers. The biking community here is quite large and I don't know of anything like this, I suspect once you introduce yourself to a club or group, you may need to be the driving force and ...
The 2013 Ride For Roswell Park Cancer research hospital drew a reported 9000 riders. The hospital is located in Buffalo New York. Additionally it features a 200 rider peloton the evening before prior to opening ceremonies. The ride winds through the city from the hospital to the University of Buffalo Amherst campus covering 13.5 miles.
160 km (100 mile), Levi's Gran Fondo in Santa Rosa, California, US 100 km, Levi's Medio Fondo in Santa Rosa, California, US 51 km, Levi's Piccolo Fondo in Santa Rosa, California, US This is a set of fully-supported (SAG wagon, multiple rest stops) rides in early October starting in Santa Rosa, California and going out to the coast (except for the ...
European classics There are hundreds of outstanding rides in Europe for amateurs, but here's a few of the classics: Paris–Brest–Paris (PBP), the original audax: a 1,200 km ride from Paris to Brest on the Atlantic coast of Brittany, and back again, with a time limit of 90 hours. It has been run regularly since 1891 and in 2007 attracted more than 5,000 ...
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