HHBC has a variety of rides and events throughout the year that are geared toward all ranges of cyclists. Below is list of most of the rides, scroll down for a brief explanation of the rides to help you know what to expect when you attend one of these group rides. So if you are a new cyclist or an “old” veteran of the road, here is some information that should help choose what rides fit your agenda. To see an explanation of the various ride categories click here: Ride Guidelines
· “Dawn Patrol” (scroll down)
· “Nooners” (scroll down)
· “Fitness” rides (scroll down)
· “Family Fun” rides (scroll down)
· “Special Destination Saturday & Sunday rides (scroll down)
· “Time Trials” (scroll down)
· “HHH” Hancock Horizontal Hundred Bicycle Tour (scroll down)
This group is relatively new to the club. They meet at the YMCA West Entrance at 6:00 am, leaving immediately for a ride out into the wind on windy days so the wind is at your back on the return trip. On calm days they normally ride 25 to 32 miles in a circle out through the Clay Pits and then head Southwest towards Vanlue then back around the reservoir returning somewhere between 7:30 and 8:30 depending on the riders schedules for the day. Their tradition is to go to the Main Street Deli for breakfast after the ride.
“D” ride pace
This ride starts at Del and Marilyn Nichols home at 1210 South St. at 7:00am on Monday and Wednesday. Del and Marilyn will be the ride leaders and determine the route for the day. This will be classified as an open ride and you will need to contact the Nichols (419-422-7440) for verification that the ride is a go. With the open ride designation this will count as a club ride as long as you show up and ride.
“Nooners” ride group
This is a fast paced ride that meets at the Liberty Benton Middle School on Tuesday and at Riverbend (Oxbow) parking lot on Thursday, start times vary (with 6:30 PM being the norm) so please refer to the monthly rides calendar for current start times. This is our fastest paced ride, designed for our more skilled Club members. These rides tend to be in a “pace line” format and often break up into smaller lines as the pace changes during the ride. Be prepared to maintain a 20+ mph average if riding in the A group, or 16+ mph average if riding in the B group for a total of 20 to 35 miles. The routes have pavement markings and there are maps supplied. If you need to ride at a different pace be sure to bring someone along to accompany you
These rides are designed for the whole family at a leisurely pace and a short distance. There is usually an “ice cream” stop during the ride. These rides meet on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 6:30 pm until after the "HHH", they then all start at 6:00 pm for the rest of the season, due to shortened daylight hours.
The Monday ride meets in the parking lot of the “Right Thing” (old Microsoft Bldg.) on Technology Drive just south of TR99, the ride travels North to North Baltimore and back for a total of 14 miles on very low traffic smooth roads.
The Wednesday ride meets at the rear of the bike shop on West Sandusky St. and travels between 8 and 9 miles total, out around the Clay Pits and back, at a very slow leisurely pace.
“Special Destination” Saturday and Sunday group rides
These rides are normally planned to ride to a certain “destination” town or point of interest. The total distances increase as the season progresses, building up to the annual Hancock Horizontal Hundred ride (see below). We have four “food” rides during the season where the club pays for lunch (for current club members) there is one to New Riegle for Ribs, one to Dola for the fish fry at Bullwinkles, the third and forth ones change from year to year. The planned destination-trip distance ,etc. will be posted on the monthly calendar which is available on this website under “calendars”. We also post all rides in the Family section of the Courier Newspaper in the Family ”Calendar” section.
“Early Risers" Saturday group ride:
“B" and "C" ride pace
Start at 7am from the "Right Thing" lot (formerly Microsoft bldg.), ride 20 to 30 miles into the wind and back. returning by 9:30 am or so. Ray Baughman is the ride leader. This ride is planned to get you back in time to do all the Saturday and weekend chores that your spouse wants you to do
13.0 miles with no stops. Encompasses all 4 directions of the compasses on well marked, good roads that include Hancock County hills (slight inclines). Come and test your metal against yourself and your club members.
The Horizontal hundred is an annual event put on by HHBC. Every year on the weekend after Labor Day around 1,000 bicyclists gather in Findlay to ride the FLAT courses from 32 to 100 miles in length. This event has drawn people form all over the country that have come to enjoy a late summer event in scenic Northwestern Ohio. This event also hosts many regional cycling retailers displaying their wares for sale at the registration area. We have made massage therapy available at the end of the ride, provided by the “Wellness Center” of Findlay.
The “HHH” is the clubs main source of funding, for this reason we ask all members to participate in this event in some way. There are plenty of things to do, from providing SAG support to sweeping gravel off the corners the day prior to the ride. For the members that can’t ride the day of the ride, we have the “Workers Hundred” on Labor Day prior to the “HHH”. The club provides lunch and maps. This is also our chance to make sure the route is ready to go for the big event!