The Ride Headquarters Burning Snowflake Series

Ride Details - Ride #4: The FireFrost Ride

This ride is part of the Burning Snowflake Series. Learn more about the full series and incentives to join in for these rides!

What & Why:  Get into the swing of enjoying winter riding together with others who like to be outside all year. If you're a road rider, it's a great opportunity to get back out on the pavement. If you're an off-road rider, the trails are likely to be ideal for fat, mountain, and mixed terrain bikes.

Date & Time:  February 25 at 11am

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Breakfast begins at 9:45am and ends at 10:45.  Doors open at 8:00 am. Be early to enjoy the food calmly. After the ride returns, lunch is served!

Type of Ride and Ideal Bike:  Depending on the ride you're doing, the ideal bike will be different. Weather conditions also affect this.

Road Ride

The best bike setup is:

  • 25c-32c slick tires
  • Fender if it's wet
  • Clipless pedals
  • Drop handlebars

Off-Road Ride

    The best bike setup is: 

    • A fat bike, mountain bike, or a cross or gravel bike with 30c+ tires
    • Possibly studded tires - if it is likely there will be ice on the roads or trails
    • Fenders (to keep the person behind you dry)
    • If you choose the long option, bring front and rear lights

    Routes:  Two distance offerings for each of the ride types. The route design for each is weather specific.  

    We’re designing the shorter option to take about 2-3 hours, depending on pace and weather.  The longer 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:  Two pace options for each type of ride.  Group rollouts begin at 11am and will head out every 10 minutes.

    o Quick-Moderate – 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 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 11:01.

    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 11:05.

    Ride Incentives

    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:  you'll receive a voucher at the ride.

    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 breakfast and lunch with hot foods and hot drinks - caffeinated and non.

    o Learn and connect: New trails, new roads, and new riding friends:  We hope you’ll ride some new trails and discover new roads 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!