About CTS


Cost:$130 - $150    Rider Limit: 450

Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, 10 a.m. - Registration opens 
Saturday, April 1, 2017, 11:59 p.m. - Online registration closes

What is the Cascade Training Series (CTS)?

CTS is a training series that will help you build endurance over the course of the series by riding increasingly challenging rides. For some riders, the increase in distance will be the biggest challenge; for others it will be the elevation gain. It depends on your physical ability, riding skill and equipment.

CTS consists of:

  • a pre-series orientation,
  • hands-on classes,
  • informational seminars,
  • a weekly training plan
  • weekly CTS rides (except for the Flying Wheels weekend). 

The classes and seminars will help you get the most out of your CTS experience and are especially relevant if you are new to group cycling or to CTS. The training plan will integrate other optional activities (such as swimming/running) to build your strength and flexibility.

Riders are divided into self-selected pace groups. There are four pace groups, based on pace on the flats without wind:

  • Yellow at 12-14 mph (steady pace)
  • Green at 14-16 mph (moderate pace)
  • Blue at 16-18 mph (brisk pace)
  • Purple at 18-20 mph (vigorous pace)

***Please note there will be no Red pace offered in 2017.

The slowest pace will be 12-14 mph on the flats. This is generally considered a “steady” pace, and you must be able to ride and sustain this pace (for 25 miles) to participate. The fastest will ride at 18-20 mph. If you want to ride faster than 18-20 mph, you should consider more advanced Cascade rides on the Free Group Rides calendar.

Each pace group will be divided into sub-groups of approximately 20 riders. Each sub-group will have a Ride Leader, a Ride Sweep, and (typically) a Floating Leader as well. Maps and cue sheets are available for download, and since these are stay-together rides with frequent regroups, you can be confident about not getting lost. If you are a strong hill climber we will encourage you to go in Yellow 1 rather than Yellow 4. Yellow 1 will ride a little faster than Yellow 4 as they will climb faster on the hills.

All Ride Leaders (RLs) are experienced cyclists who are there to help you train. Be sure to ask them any and all questions you have about preparing for your big summer event. They are available at rest stops and after the ride to answer your questions about riding skills, equipment, training or anything else cycling-related that is on your mind.

Riders will be able to move up to faster groups if their fitness and skills improve a little faster than the others in their group. The distance progression culminates in a century ride shortly before STP. After the last CTS ride, we celebrate the times we’ve spent together and how far we’ve all come with an outdoor party. 

We ride once a week, so we strongly recommend augmenting CTS by following the CTS Training Program on your own. This comprehensive training plan will have you ready to ride and have fun on your selected major ride. The Cascade Free Group Rides calendar has additional riding opportunities during the week. Another great way to get more miles in is to commute to work on your bike. Look for plenty of resources during Bike Everywhere Month in May.

People younger than 18 can register for CTS, but must be accompanied by their parent, legal guardian or a designated non-custodial guardian in the same pace group.

CTS begins in late February/early March with orientation and pre-ride seminar/classes. The ride series begins April 8.

***For 2017 all paces will ride on Saturday.  Start locations and specific ride information will be available to participants after registration. The routes will be draft until 2 weeks prior to riding when they will be confirmed after reviews for construction/events etc.