Planning Your Ride is the first step in the process of creating and leading a club ride.

This involves:

  1. Select a date.  Look at our club calendar and find a day when your ride would not conflict with another ride in the same classification already on the schedule.  Most Saturdays and Sundays are open at this time.  If you schedule the ride far enough in advance, it will be included in the Flying Wheel newsletter.  To get in the newsletter, your ride will need to be scheduled by the 15th of the prior month.
  2. Decide on a pace and distance.  The pace and distance will probably be the pace you are most comfortable with - after all - you are the leader!   
  3. Develop or pick a route.  We are starting to establish a library of Cue Sheets and over time we hope this will become a valuable resource for our leaders and members.  You can pick a route from the library, develop your own route or use a route you've done before.   If you have a Cue Sheet you would like to add to the Cue Sheet Library you can do that on the  library of Cue Sheets page.  If you prefer, you can also e-Mail the Cue Sheet to webmaster@wabonline.org and it will be added to the library for you.
  4. Get acquainted with our Ride Leader Guidelines.  Most of these are common sense, but if you haven't yet led a ride, you should familiarize yourself with these guidelines.
  5. Review the Accident Report Forms and related instructions.
  6. Print off one or two copies of the Ride Sign-in Sheet.  Make sure you bring this along to the ride for members to sign-in.  This is important for insurance purposes.

 

Click on the images below to download the Sign-in Sheet and Accident Forms

Sign-in Sheet

  

Accident Forms

 

 

Photo courtesy of Mary Turnbull

 

If you are currently a WAB member, or  had previously been a member of WAB, and your membership expired after Nov, 2014 when the new WAB website was implemented, you should Login and then click on Renew Membership under the Join or Renew top menu item.  Even if your membership has expired you should still be able to log in.

If you were a previous WAB member and your membership expired prior to Nov, 2014, then click on "Join as a New Member" under the Join or Renew menu item.

If you have questions or problems, please send an email to webmaster@wabonline.org

Some people keep track of their cycling mileage and rides with a paper record, some might use a spreadsheet and some use an on-line journaling system such as Bike Journal.   Ridelogs is similar to Bike Journal, but is included with your WAB Membership to provide our members with a convenient method for tracking their rides.  It goes beyond a simple journal of date and mileage.  In fact, if you use a gps computer you can even upload your "activity" files or "gpx" files from your gps and automatically create the ride logs (which also will include a map and other information gathered from the gps file).  Alternatively if you are a Strava user, you can simply set your preferences to download your rides from Strava to Ridelogs.

Members are encouraged to use this Ridelogs system, but if you prefer to keep track of your rides in another manner that is fine.  At the end of the year when we gather the total mileage from all members, you can still forward your totals via eMail.

Ridelogs has many features (which will be explained below) but please don't be overwhelmed!  If all you want to do is record the date and mileage, that can be done with just a few clicks.  See below for a information on how to use Ridelogs and a description of all features:

The Williamsburg Area Bicyclists is a recreational bicycling club based in Williamsburg, Va. We offer a variety of ride options, for the beginner through the experienced cyclist. Check our Ride Calendar to find a ride that fits your needs! If you are a member, log in with your username and password to access our Member Only features, such as a Message Board, Cue Sheet library and access to other club information. If you are not yet a member we encourage you to join us on a ride as our guest and experience for yourself how rewarding group riding can be. When you are ready to join, click on the "Join or Renew" link above.

 

Important: This is a legal document. Please read and understand before signing. If you have any questions, consult an attorney.
In consideration of being permitted to participate in any way in Williamsburg Area Bicyclists, Inc. ("club") sponsored activities ("activities") I, the undersigned, freely acknowledge and realize the dangers of participating in the activities and fully assume all risks including, but not limited to, collision with pedestrians, vehicles, other riders, and/or fixed or moving objects, the negligence of other riders, sponsors, promoters or drivers, and dangers arising from falls, road surface, equipment failure, inadequate safety equipment, weather conditions, as well as the possibility of physical and/or mental trauma (or injury). I understand that any route or activity chosen as part of our outdoor adventure may not be the safest, but has been chosen for its interest or challenge. I understand that the route requires bicycling on public roadways and in bad weather and that cyclists have been hospitalized and/or killed because of traffic mishaps that are either their responsibility or others' responsibility. I further agree that I will bear all expenses incurred in any such accidents. I realize the activities require physical conditioning and I represent that I am in sound medical condition. I have no physical or medical impediment which would endanger myselfor others. I understand and agree that a situation may arise during an activity which may be beyond the control of the sponsors, promoters, or organizers and agree to ride so as not to endanger either myself or others. I will wear an ANSI or SNELL certified helmet when riding a bike during the club rides. I will obey all applicable traffic laws and regulations. I understand if I leave the route, I am no longer on the ride.I waive, release, discharge for myself, my heirs, executors, administrators, legal representatives (including successors), any and all rights and/or claims which I have, may have or may hereafter accrue to me against the sponsors and promoters of the club, or other sponsors or affiliated organizations and their respective agents, officers, and employees for any and all damages, injuries or claims which may be sustained by me directly or indirectly arising out of my participation in the activities. The above agreements and representations are my express understandings of the risks and I assume these voluntarily and freely without coercion or duress. This agreement may not be modified orally and may not be waived in any respect. I accept responsibility for the condition and adequacy of my bicycle.

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Family Member - Get Your Own Username!

If you are an adult family member of an existing WAB Family Membership, you are entitled to get your own username/password to log in to use the Message Board or other Members Only Features.  All you need is the username and member number of the current primary family member and then fill out this form.  Further instructions are found on the form.  It may take a day or two to process.  Questions?  email webmaster@wabonline.org