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A-Group 23+mph (might drop slow riders)
A-Group 23+mph (might drop slow riders)
Fast, very tight double pace line.  Usually 4 to 8 riders are in this group on Saturdays.  B-Group riders are welcome to transition to A-Group.  Announce your intensions and the group will try to hold you in.  If you can't keep up for the whole ride then drop off and the B-Group will pick you up along the route.  The Saturday A-Group and B-Group routes are the same.  If you are talking then you have more energy, we will pick up the pace.  Don't pull too long at the front; save some gas in the tank to hook on the back when you are done pulling.
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B-Group 19-22mph (no drops)
B-Group 19-22mph (no drops)
Fast and tight double pace line.  This is our largest group of riders on Saturday.  We roll out of the park a minute behind the A-Group on the same route.  We roll into the coffee shop several minutes later than the A-Group.
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C-Group 15-18mph (no drops)
C-Group 15-18mph (no drops)
Somewhat fast and a little looser but still in a constant double pace line.  This group varies from 6 to 18 riders.  We start out at 16mph for about 4 miles then pick up the pace to 18mph.  Our route is a little shorter than the A-Group and B-Group so that we can meet up at the coffee shop together.
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D-Group 10-15mph (developmental & destinations)
D-Group 10-15mph (developmental & destinations)
Once called "Surf Riders" this group is for the newer road rider.  This group specializes in training riders in rules of the road, skills, safety, equipment, and nutrition.  We embraces the "D"; Developmental, Destinations, Debris pickup, Diet, and Damn this is fun.
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E-Group (on-line rides using Zwift)
E-Group (evening on-line rides using Zwift)
Want to ride but the weather is bad or it is too dark?  This is our newest group for people with Zwift accounts and trainer bikes.  Contact Matt Crocker at  Ride.B@LightningVelo.org   to join the on-line meetup rides.  
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TOLB Training
TOLB Training
Trainees sign up for 30, 60, or 100 mile FREE training.
Members sign up to be instructors/helpers.

The 2020 TOLB was cancelled.  If it resumes in 2021 we will resume training.

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7:30am SATURDAY Ride
7:30am SATURDAY Ride
Ride Start - 7:30am at Eldorado Park Library Parkinglot
2900 N Studabaker Rd., Long Beach, CA 90815

There are four different routes that are rotated each week.
The A & B Groups ride the same route a few minutes apart.
The C Group route is slightly shorter but similar.
All rides end at Bogarts Coffee House at Seal Beach Pier.
Once a month the A & B Groups ride together.
Check out the RIDES page for details.

D Group and New Riders need to speak up when we gather at the park.
The D Group ride will be tailored to those who show up that day.
Once we get a regular set of riders we can preplan the routes.
Until then we may post the D Group ride just a few days ahead.
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8:00am SUNDAY Ride
8:00am SUNDAY Ride
Ride Start - 8:00am at Eldorado Park Library Parkinglot
2900 N Studabaker Rd., Long Beach, CA 90815

There are seven different A & B Group routes that are rotated each week.
There are six different C Group routes that are rotated each week.
All rides end at The Crema Cafe on Main St in Seal Beach.
Some rides have a midway stop as well.
Check out the RIDES page for details.

D Group and New Riders need to speak up when we gather at the park.
The D Group ride will be tailored to those who show up that day.
Once we get a regular set of riders we can preplan the routes.
Until then we may post the D Group ride just a few days ahead.

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8:00am MONDAY Recovery Ride
8:00am MONDAY Recovery Ride
Ride Start - Eldorado Library Parkinglot 2900 N Studabaker Rd., Long Beach
36 mile route for all riders.
Pit stop at PTF (Potty Too Far) at PCH and Orange St., Newport Beach.
Ride ends at The Crema Cafe, Main Street, Seal Beach
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8:00am TUESDAY PTF Ride
8:00am TUESDAY PTF Ride
Ride Start - Coyote Creek Bridge on San Gabriel River Trail, Long Beach
33 mile route for all riders.
Pit stop at PTF (Potty Too Far) at PCH and Orange St., Newport Beach.
Ride ends at The Crema Cafe, Main Street, Seal Beach
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8:00am WEDNESDAY PTF & GMR Rides
8:00am WEDNESDAY PTF & GMR Rides
PTF Ride Start - Coyote Creek Bridge on San Gabriel River Trail, Long Beach
33 mile route for all riders.
Pit stop at PTF (Potty Too Far) at PCH and Orange St., Newport Beach.
Ride ends at The Crema Cafe, Main Street, Seal Beach

GMR (Glendora Mountain Road) ride starts at Encanto Park, Duarte
Roll out is 8:30am.
Some people drive to the park.
Others ride their bikes from Long Beach at 6:00am.
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8:00am THURSDAY PTF Ride
8:00am THURSDAY PTF Ride
Ride Start - Coyote Creek Bridge on San Gabriel River Trail, Long Beach
33 mile route for all riders.
Pit stop at PTF (Potty Too Far) at PCH and Orange St., Newport Beach.
Ride ends at The Crema Cafe, Main Street, Seal Beach
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8:00am FRIDAY Pirate Ride
8:00am FRIDAY Pirate Ride
Ride Start - Eldorado Library Parkinglot 2900 N Studabaker Rd., Long Beach
THIS IS A FAST RIDE AT AN A&B GROUP PACE.
Pit stop at PTF (Potty Too Far) at PCH and Orange St., Newport Beach.
Ride ends at The Crema Cafe, Main Street, Seal Beach



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Double Paceline - LV
All of our rides are structured group rides.  We always ride in a double pace line.  Some people find this rigid and confining and prefer a more free form group riding experience found in other clubs.  But, for LV members, what draws us to this group is the Safety, Speed, and Comraderie we find in the Pace Line.  Once you take a position, you stay next to your partner with front wheels even.  You accelerate and decelerate together, hold constant with the group speed and almost never coast.

The formation helps us be safe internally so we don't cross wheels.  A 100% downer.  And it gives us a maximum draft.  The outward appearance of our Pace Line is what keeps us safe with traffic.  Drivers don't know what a straggly group of riders will do.  But with an LV Pace Line we are easier for drivers to see and anticipate our movements.  Imagine 18 riders in 2 rows of 9.  Drivers see us as a cohesive unit and, usually, respect our space.