The Ride Headquarters Burning Snowflake Series
Ride Details - Ride #2: The Burning Snowflake Ride
What & Why: Even though there might not be snow, we should be riding outside at this time of year!
Get into the swing of enjoying winter riding together with others who like to be outside all year.
Date & Time: January 14, Saturday at noon
Brunch begins at 10:45am and ends at 11:45. Doors open at 8:00 am. Be early to enjoy the food calmly. After the ride returns, lunch is served!
Please RSVP for the ride so we can plan accordingly. We look forward to you joining us for this great ride and day!
Type of Ride and Ideal Bike: The ideal bike has changed quite a bit in the last few hours due to the very warm weather and tremendous snow melt. In order to protect the trails, we're riding mostly road, and some clay, dirt, and gravel paths.
The best bike setup is:
A cross or gravel bike with 30c+ tires
Studded tires - it is likely there will be ice on the roads
Fenders (to keep the person behind you dry)
If you choose the long option, bring front and rear lights
Routes: Two distance offerings – the route design is weather specific.
We will send route files to all who RSVP the night before the ride. We’re designing the Burning Snowflake Route to take about 2-3 hours, depending on pace and weather. The Double Burning Snowflake Route will probably take about 4-6 hours depending on pace and weather.
The below estimates assumed we'd be on trails. For road, expect the mileage to be a bit higher, in order to achieve these ride times.
Snow & Ice Routes: If there’s new snow or more than about 3” of old snow:
o Double Burning Snowflake: 30 miles – about 4-6 hours
o Burning Snowflake: 12 miles – about 2-3 hours
Cold & Clear Routes: If there is no snow or very sparse snow:
o Double Burning Snowflake: 40 mile – about 4-6 hours
o Burning Snowflake: 17 miles – about 2-3 hours
Ride Navigation Options:
o Guided Groups: Three pace options. Group rollouts begin at noon and will head out every 10-15 minutes.
o Fast Pace – Working hard the entire ride; not stopping very often – maybe a photo-op or two.
o Moderate – A steady pace that will keep riders warm; your heart rate will be high at times. Not looking to win, but not dilly dallying, either.
o Fun – This is a no-drop ride. Dress warm and be ready for a some stops to enjoy nature and get some good photos.
o Self-Guided Ride: For the solo or duo adventure that enjoys solitude and exploring what we hope are some new trails for you. A GPS unit for the route is required. Ride at your own pace and rollout whenever you want, anytime after 12:01.
o Teams: Ride with your friends at the pace you like. At least one of your teammates has to have a GPS unit for the route. This is required; we recommend three or more GPS units for any group. Rollout whenever you want, anytime after 12:05.
Get your butt out and ride with us in the cold. We’ll make it worth your time!
o Special Offer: Ride HQ special offer for participants of this ride only: Preparing for icy rides. Buy a pair of studded tires and we’ll provide tubes and installation for free – a $40 value. This goes for fat bike studded tires, too; tubes and installation is valued at $60. Purchase has to be made by January 12 if you want them installed for the Burning Snowflake Ride. We’re happy to schedule installation anytime other than the morning of the ride; plan ahead!
o Burning Snowflake Credit Voucher: You’ll get one or two credits for the Burning Snowflake Ride – depending on which route you do. You’ll get a lot more credits depending on the weather conditions. See above for details about the value of credits and how to rack them up fast.
o Food: Full brunch with hot foods and hot drinks - caffeinated and non.
o Learn and connect: New trails and new riding friends: We hope you’ll ride some new trails on one of the routes we’re offering. We work hard to bring new rocks and roots to our cycling family. We promise you’ll meet unfamiliar riders, too.
o Get a jump on the season. Be the envy of your cycling friends when you’ve already got some good miles in and the first day of the year isn’t even over!