ALTER EGO CYCLING CLUB
We offer an adult and a Kids of Mud program. Click through the descriptions below to learn more about each program.
REGISTER TO RIDE WITH US.
The Alter Ego Cycling Club is a Manitoba Cycling Association affiliated club. Clicking the link below will take you to the AECC Club registration site on the Manitoba Cycling Association website. Here you will Register online, and purchase AECC membership and a license via the Manitoba Cycling Association (minimum of a General Membership is required). If you already have an MCA membership, you will only need your club membership.
Your license will be processed and mailed to you. You may be required to upload a photo that will be printed on the back of the license.
RIDES & EVENTS
- Organized weekly group rides
- Club Races for Road, MTB & Cyclocross
- Skills Clinics for road & MTB
- Adventure Rides & Road Trips
- Social Ride Series
- Charity Rides
- Volunteer Opportunities
WEEKLY RIDE DESCRIPTIONS
EVENTS & SPECIAL RIDES
ROAD SKILLS CLINICS
Skills clinics are designed to expose you to the bike handling experiences that many new and seasoned bike enthusiasts fear most. Learn how to handle yourself when shoulders touch, tires rub and corners come at high speeds.
- Where: Crescent Park
- When: 2X per season - Dates TBD
- All Levels
- Free for AECC members
AHEAD BY A CENTURY RIDE 100KM OR 100 MILES
TOUR DE HILLS
ROAD TRIP!!!! For those who like to challenge their legs and their will, we like to take a couple roads trips during the season to local areas that provide some terrain. It's more fun than it sounds.
- When: TBD
- Route: La Rivere MB, Darlingford MB
- Pace: Your own
- Hill repeats
RIDE WITH US ON STRAVA
Our weekly rides are listed for our members on Strava. Use it to view the routes we take and the pace we keep on our club rides. You don't need to be a AECC club member to join our Strava Club. It's just a fun way to stay connected.
Strava is a website and mobile app used to track athletic activity via satellite navigation and then upload and share such activities. Styled as a "Social Network for Athletes", it can be used for a number of sporting activities however the most popular activities tracked using the software are cycling and running.
GROUP RIDING ESSENTIALS
JOIN THE RIGHT GROUP
There are rides for all kinds of cyclists—everything from leisurely social jaunts to race-pace throwdowns. Ask your cycling friends, talk to your local bike shop, or do a quick Google search to find a group that fits your interests, fitness, and abilities. Before you clip in, you should have a sense of the terrain, the vibe, and how far and fast you’ll be riding.
SHOW UP PREPARED
Don’t be that rider. Carry everything you need: a spare tube, tire levers, a multitool, a pump or CO2, water, snacks, money, and your phone. Before you jump into a group, make sure you can ride in a straight line, even with one hand on the bar while reaching for a water bottle, eating, or indicating a turn, or road debris.
BE A GOOD WHEEL
Groups ride in a paceline— either single-file or two abreast—to efficiently share the work and keep everyone safe. Ideally, you ride 12-18 inches behind the rider in front of you. Inching ahead of someone riding next to you is called half-wheeling—a cardinal sin that’s annoying and potentially dangerous.
Everyone is safest when your movements are predictable—so brake gradually, accelerate steadily, avoid erratic or unexpected swerving, and communicate any turns or debris well in advance.
Speak up or use hand signals to point out gravel, holes, and other road obstacles. Use your left hand to signal a left turn and your right hand to signal a right turn—it doesn’t hurt to call them out too. Give a quick shout if you have a mechanical issue, or if the group is slowing or stopping because someone has a flat.
COEXIST WITH CARS
Follow the rules of the road, avoid unpredictable movements, and ride as far to the right as is comfortable. Come to a full stop at traffic lights and stop signs. On busier roads or streets with a narrow shoulder, most groups will ride single file. Never ride three abreast in any situation— it’s not safe or courteous.