Tourist rides are organized from late March until the end of November when conditions permit. These are some of the most challenging rides that TBN offers. For those that crave distance our century rides, which are rides at or over 160 km, will be offered occasionally on Sundays starting in early May. Most rides have good climbs and go through a variety of terrain, both urban and country.
Unlike the other ride categories, Tourist rides do not formally regroup when members get separated. We will be offering all maps electronically in advance, in both PDF and GPX formats. The PDFs are customized for printing cue sheets, both in small and large fonts. For those with GPS smart phone apps, or GPS bike computers, you will be able to download the route ahead of time. Of course, we recommend that you use the Ride With GPS app, as that will give you turn-by-turn directions (some restrictions apply). Printed maps and cue sheets are no longer provided. You must either download the GPS files or print the map/cue sheets on your own.
Our starting points are in locations east, west and south to add to the route variety. It's shaping up to be an awesome year.
Update on Sunday Advanced Tourist rides
The separate Advanced Tourist Century rides are discontinued. Some of the longer rides featured in that program are now occasionally part of the Sunday Tourist program.
Here's a description of the ride classifications and ride routes offered by the this program.
Tourist: Rides are for experienced cyclists, utilizing both urban and rural routes at faster paces of 23-28 km/h and longer distances of 60-215 km. On longer rides, grouping and regrouping is informal and riders are expected to download and preview the ride maps/cue sheets before a ride. Riders are expected to stay in a group and regroup at traffic lights before they hit the open road. Once on the open road, everyone is essentially on their own, at their own pace, and self-sufficient. All rides have a designated lunch spot and optional rest spots, located on the ride map/cue sheet. Sportif riders do the same rides as Tourists, but at the faster 29-35 km/h pace.
Short Tourist: designates rides in the 60-70 km range, at speeds between 23–28 km/h and usually will be guided by a ride leader with formal regrouping. Most rides start in the city and head for the countryside.
Tourist: Distances of 60-120 km, at speeds averaging 23–35 km/h. Most rides start in the city and head for the countryside.
Advanced Tourist: Distances of 120-215 km at speeds averaging 25–35 km/h.
Most rides start in the city and head for the countryside.
For more information, please contact the Tourist Coordinator, Joey, at email@example.com