If you are not yet in condition to ride 25 miles or more at a 10-12 mph or faster pace or aren't comfortable riding in a group, try some of the leisurely- or steady-paced rides listed in Cascade's Free Group Rides calendar before starting the Cascade Training Series.
The Getting Ready to Ride (GR2R) series, found on the Free Group Rides calendar, is designed specifically to get new riders ready for summer cycling season. The series will help you transition from a weekend rider out for a spin on the local bike path to a cyclist who can, by the end of the series, ride 30 miles on the roads with ease. GR2R will be offered at 2 different paces; leisurely (10-12mph on flat) and steady (12-14mph on flat). The routes are between 20 and 25 miles with gradual increase in total accumulative elevation gain. The rides are both on trails and regular, biker-friendly roads. The rides start in February and run for 7 weeks. GR2R has start locations in Seattle, Eastside and south end of Lake Washington. For details in the ride go to the Cascade Free Group Rides calendar, look for rides beginning on February 8.
There are many rides listed on the Free Group Rides calendar and we encourage you to ride your bike weekly in preparation for CTS. As a registered CTS participant, you will have an opportunity to test your preparedness for CTS by going on one of two pre-CTS red-pace ride, which will take place during the month before the first CTS rides.
Additionally, private lessons and personal coaching for any level is available at Cycle University to get you up to speed or progress to the next pace group.