About the Club

Introduction -- by Cory Wagner

The Rosemount Cycling Club is a group of riders who get together on Saturday mornings to share our love for road riding. We meet at Starbucks in Rosemount Minnesota for a ride that follows a different course every week to provide a variety of roads, elevation change, and scenery. We strive for a safe ride that everyone can enjoy and have fun doing week after week.

To receive email communications about the club, you may send an email to rosemountcycling+subscribe@googlegroups.com and request to join our Google Groups list. Anyone interested in the club's activities may join the list. We will send an email to the group every week (Wednesday or Thursday) telling everyone the route that will be used for the upcoming Saturday ride. The information will also be posted to this website for your reference. The route may be changed Saturday morning because of changing or uncertain weather conditions.

Regular riders are expected to contribute annual dues of $20, which we use to operate the club’s web site. Dues collected and not needed for club activities will be donated to a bicycling-related charity.

What You Can Expect on a Ride
  • During the Summer months, rides are usually around 55 miles, give or take 15 miles, at a 20 mph moving average. Occasionally, we do longer rides that are up to 85 miles long. During the shoulder seasons -- Spring and Fall -- rides are shorter and slower. We ride whenever the weather allows. We do not (try to) ride in the rain or when temps are below freezing.

  • Our group rides will use different speeds -- Moderate, 18-20 mph, Moderately hard, 20-22 mph, and Hard, 22-30 mph. With this format there is a speed that a lot of serious riders can use. If you can ride at a pace of 18-20 mph by yourself on a non-windy day for 20 miles, you can keep up with our pace for at least half of our ride.

  • We use numerous routes, mostly in Dakota County, that are 30 to 85 miles long. These routes can be found here so you can learn and use them as a group or a solo rider.

  • We mentor and teach the skills that the pros use, like riding in a group and drafting off the rider in front of you and feeling comfortable doing so.

  • We use several drafting formations to share the work and keep everyone together. Most commonly, we use single and double pace lines in order to ride faster especially in windy conditions.

  • Helmets are required on our rides and please stay at the back of the pack if you use aero bars.

  • Be aware of your tire condition, because we all have better things to do than wait for you to fix a flat. You should be proficient at fixing a flat and complete the task in 15 minutes or less.