Ride to Lolo and Beyond 3/4/2023

Post event report:

Carl was joined by 4 other riders for this first official MBC ride to Lolo. After gathering at Great Harvest Bread Company we departed west on Mount Ave. to the Bitterroot Trail. From there it was a trail ride to Lolo. This was a cool and sunny afternoon to be out on the trail for a moderately paced social ride. We did have a reminder that it is always a good practice to carry a spare inner tube that will fit your rims and tire. One rider apparently rode over a patch of broken glass and received the gift of 3 holes in his tire about half way to Lolo. 

We all arrived safely the the Farmers' State Bank in Lolo and had an uneventful ride back to Missoula for a round trip of 21 miles. Looking forward to more rides as the weather warms up.

Pre-ride information:

Saturday March 4, 2023 join a pleasant ride from Great Harvest Bread Co. to Lolo and possibly beyond before returning to Missoula. This will be an easy paced ride to get reacquainted with other club riders and begin getting in shape for a season of fun rides. We will ride primarily on the Bitterroot Trail south from Missoula as far as weather permits or when you find it prudent to turn around. If you desire to turn around early, please be sure to notify the ride leader or co-leader before you leave the group. If you are not familiar with the trail, the Bitterroot Trail Preservation Alliance has an interactive informational map on their website. You can view the "map here". 

Please RSVP if you’re considering joining the ride so that you will be provided the leader's contact information and can be informed of any late-breaking changes (e.g., weather-related cancellation).

Ride name:  Ride to Lolo and Beyond 3/4/2023
Date: 3/4/2023
Start time: 1:00 PM
Gathering place: Great Harvest Bread Co.
Distance in miles: 20 + ?
Pace:  Moderate
Planned stops: Lolo
Leader: name - leader contact information will be provided in the autoresponse email you will receive after you RSVP below.
We invite anyone to join us and discover the joy of riding with a companionable group of like minded bicyclists. Our insurance requires that all participants sign a waiver. Members may participate in MBC rides as often as they like after signing a waiver that covers the entire year. First-time participants may try out MBC as a guest on a ride with us and will be warmly welcomed, then must join to go on any future rides. If you would like to continue riding with us during the 2023 biking season please become a member.

Rider requirements and responsibilities:
A helmet is required for all participants.
All participants will be asked to sign an acknowledgement of risk (once per calendar year).
Riders under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or person with an authorized parental waiver dated for the specific ride.
All participants must check-in with the ride leader prior to beginning the ride.
While we are riding as a group, each individual rider is responsible for complying with all traffic regulations as an independent vehicle operator.
Show courtesy and respect the Rights of Others by:
projecting a good public image and encourage responsible riding;
exhibiting considerate behavior towards other riders, pedestrians, motorists and the public showing respect, courtesy, responsibility and due regard for the rights of others.
avoiding confrontations and report incidents to the police as appropriate.
avoiding language that is obscene, insulting or threatening, even when provoked.
For safety, the use of earbuds or headphones while on a group ride is discouraged.
For safety, the use of "Aero bars" while on a group ride is discouraged.
Due to continuing COVID-19 considerations please bring a face mask for times when we may not be able to maintain safe distances. We will also be maintaining appropriate distances between riders during the ride.
IMPORTANT NOTICE - E-Bike restrictions on Missoula Bicycle Club rides:
We will welcome e-bike users to participate in MBC events as long as the e-bike is what is  a Class 1 e-bike. Class 1 e-bikes will engage the electric motor only when the bike is being pedaled by the rider and will disengage the electric motor when the speed exceeds 20 miles per hour. If your e-bike does not meet these qualifications, do not bring it to an MBC ride. You can review or complete policy definition "Definition of Vehicles Permitted in MBC Sponsored Events" using the preceding link.

When submitting your RSVP, please note that the number box below is for "How many other people, other than yourself, are you bringing?" is asking for additional people other than your self. A zero already includes yourself as 1.

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