Group Training Rides

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What they are: Free Group Training Rides

  • Saturday Rides- All three Big Shark Locations
  • Sunday Ride- Urban Shark


The Rules of the Rides

All of our rides have a few basic rules that will help everyone have an enjoyable time. Please take the time to read these rules prior to joining us on the road.

  1. Road bikes are highly recommended.
  2. For our WEST County Ride: The ride will be no-drop on the OUT section of the OUT-and-Back course. The ride will be faster on the return.
  3. All of the rides from the Big Bend and Downtown Location are no-drop rides provided you are able to ride comfortably within the pace described for each ride.
  4. Please ride single file any time there are vehicles present.
  5. Ride in a courteous manner so we can continue to use these great roads while in harmony with our driving counterparts.
  6. Keep the speeds safe and sane and be sure to help those who have fallen back.
  7. Be sure to inform the other riders of hazards or any injuries or falls. Communicate pot holes or obstacles to the rider behind you.
  8. When the WEST ride reaches the store at St. Albans, everyone will regroup. The longer Big Bend shop ride will re-group at the gas station at the top of the Hog Hollow climb.  The URBAN shop ride will re-group at the trailhead and the entrance to The Confluence before returning.
  9. Please be mindful of those you are riding with and if they are struggling to keep up, help them find another group to ride with.  No one likes to be left on their own and everyone has more fun when riding with those of like abilities.
  10. Help any rider that is unaware of the rules or the route to better understand both.
  11. Our rides are designed to be no-attack. The goal is to start and finish together. No testosterone or jumping off the front. Being cautious on descents. If you "win" the shop ride then you're a dork. Big Shark promotes lots of races, and these rides are not races...
  12. We try to ride double file when possible, single file when there is traffic that needs to pass us. We want to be good citizens and co-exist with drivers. Please use good riding etiquette- or take the opportunity to learn the international language of riding in a group.
  13. Have FUN

From Urban Shark in the City: Saturday and Sunday Rides

  • The Saturday Morning Urban Shark ride is an OUT-and-Back course on the scenic Great Rivers Greenway North Riverfront Trail. Some minimal city riding gets you to the trail, which leads you to the old Chain of Rocks Bridge. The ride continues to the Visitors' Center for the Edward "Ted" and Pat Jones Confluence Point State Park.  We like to keep the ride as peaceful and pleasant as possible for all that wish to attend.  Following some simple rules, above, will ensure that fun and safety are the name of the game. Following the ride, stop in around the corner at Park Avenue Coffee for 20% off all the caffeine and gooey butter cake you'll need for a strong recovery. Wheels roll at 7:30am - tempo is moderate and road bikes are enouraged. Approx. 30 miles. Mostly flat.
  • The Sunday morning Urban Shark ride is a fun ride through some of the best hills South City, and SoCo. Road bikes are strongly encouraged for this 18mph average ride.  This approximately 40 mile cruise is a challenging ride and you may be surprised as to how hilly St. Louis can be.  Wheels roll at 8am

From Big Shark Big Bend- Saturday Rides

The Big Shark Shop Rides- We meet at the Big Bend location's parking lot to shake the cobwebs off and get the heart pumping. We are offering three rides- for three types of riders.

  • Ride Uno- The 7:30am Shop Ride.This ride is a 35 mile slighly rolling ride. Tempo is in the 16mph to 19mph range. Road bicycles are encouraged. Contact with questions.
  • Ride Dos- The 8:00am Mellow Ride We will do a slightly shorter loop at a slightly slower pace. 21 miles. Chilled out. Enjoyable. Fun. No Drop (Unless you ride slower than your own shadow.)

From Big Shark WEST:  Saturday Rides

  • The NEW Daniel Boone Bridge/Page Avenue Bridge- Two Bridges Ride. We recommend this to any rider of any ability. Use our parking lot as a trail head, grab a coffee at Kaldi's pre-ride and a sandwich at Jason's Deli post-ride. Head to the Monarch Levee Trail and ride across two of the bicycle bridges in this really cool 27 Mile Loop. One challenging hill. We recommend this route as an unguided ride on any day of the week or as an alternative to our Saturday morning ride. 
  • The Saturday Morning Big Shark West Ride is a wonderful romp through the hills of Wildwood.  It is an OUT-and-Back course, covering the same roads on the way back that we use on the way out.  We would like to keep the ride as peaceful and pleasant as possible for all that wish to attend.  Following some simple rules will ensure that fun and safety are the name of the game.  Wheels roll at 7:30am . Tempo is moderate- and road bikes are encouraged. 34 miles. Some hills.
  • The Saturday Morning Boone Bridge Ride is a 10-12 mph average ride so as even the average Joe's and Jane's can join in. It's 15 miles round trip with plenty of opportunity to turn around when wanted/needed, and no traffic to deal with, save for the jaunt across the highway to get to the other side. Should take about an hour to an hour 15 based the speed of our employee DJ. Wheels Roll at 8:00am. Tempo is mellow.

Urban Shark Saturday Morning 7:30am Shop Ride

Urban Shark Sunday Morning 8:00am Ride

Big Shark Big Bend Saturday Morning 7:30am Shop Ride

Big Shark Big Bend Saturday Morning 8:00am Shop Ride

Big Shark West Saturday Morning 7:30am Shop Ride

Big Shark West Two Bridges Ride

Big Shark West Saturday Boone Bridge 8:00 am Shop Ride