Rides

Upcoming Rides |Monday Nov, 28th, 2022

Regularly scheduled rides for 2022 are donzo. Thanks so much, everyone for another awesome season of riding. Be on the lookout for updates on ad hoc rides during winter and for 2023 plans.

  • Olin Park Festival Lights Ride, one of those ad hoc winter rides.
  • Rollout from Orton Park at 6pm sharp. Helmet required, front and rear lights, flat kit, and good vibes also needed. We’ll ride the Lake Monona loop (about 12 miles) and swing through the holiday lights in Olin Park. Party pacing around 12-13mph
  • Dress for the weather. You are responsible for yourself as always.

Upcoming Events

No upcoming special events at this time

Guidelines

  • You are responsible for yourself.
  • Be prepared. Know the route and be prepared if your bike breaks. Carry what you would need to fix a flat on your bike.
  • Show up with air in your tires. It’s good practice to check your tire pressure at least once a week.
  • Wear a helmet. You only get one brain and hitting the pavement with your head is not good.
  • No mansplaining. No one enjoys unsolicited advice. If people want your advice they will ask for it. Unless it is an absolute safety concern, bite your tongue and keep your opinions to yourself.
  • Feel free to break from the group if you need to. Ride your ride and do what’s enjoyable for you.
  • Be vocal. Let other riders know what’s coming. Call out when riders or cars are approaching, if you are slowing, or stopping. Rider up, rider back, car back, car up, car left, car right, slowing, stopping, potholes, debris in the way, etc.

No douchebags please, this isn’t a race and dumb shit won’t be tolerated. Also, again, there is no mansplaining and that nonsense will be called out. We want to encourage people to ride, not scare them away with insecurities. No harassing other riders and if you make other people uncomfortable I reserve the right to tell you to get bent and leave. Please ride safely and be respectful of pedestrians and drivers.

Faster riders are free to move on and ride at their own pace, we don’t need to stick to a group. We do not ride recklessly, blow through stop signs, or red lights. We are not in a race and we are not KOM hunting. Save that shit for when you are riding on your own if that’s what you’re into.

Rolling up State St on April 18, 2021. Pic by Connor Polydoroff @c_poly

Routes

Here is a collection of some of the more common routes we ride.

You do not need to ride with anyone in order to make your Monday 40 a success. Getting outside on a Monday is all that it takes. Forty miles not required, heck not even a bike is required. Just get out and get moving. We encourage you to get out for some miles and find some peace in your day. There will be a loosely organized ride each Monday with the last Monday of the month being our FTWN-B (femme, trans, women, and non-binary) only ride.

Feel free to do your own thing as we all understand that life has other commitments and priorities and perhaps you’re not even located in Madison. Pick your activity, your route, get moving, find your peace, take pictures, post on Strava, post on the Gram, and tag @monday_40. We want to see and share your success.

Items to bring:

  • A functioning bike
  • Helmet
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Lights (tail and headlight)
  • Flat repair kit (spare tube, tire levers, CO2 or pump)
  • Good vibes
  • ID and money if you want food and drinks after the ride

*Ride at your own risk. Please be cautious and respectful of your fellow riders, pedestrians, and drivers. By attending the Monday 40 you take responsibility for yourself and can’t blame anyone for the outcome of your ride.

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