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Näytä tavallinen näkymä : East Helsinki (Mustavuori) Group Rides – Information in English



Trollberga
26.06.2017, 10.39
As there are both permanent residents and visitors in the Helsinki area looking for social rides who do not fluently read Finnish, I thought it might be a good idea to share some information about our informal but regular Mustavuori group rides in English. (If someone would like to add Swedish, French, German, Russian, Estonian, Italian, Spanish, etc., be my guest.)

These rides occur four times a week: on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 18 hrs, on Saturdays and Sundays at 10 o'clock, starting from the so-called Mustavuori parking lot in Vuosaari, East Helsinki. The exact location of the meeting place: N=6679247, E=396814 (ETRS-TM35FIN (https://asiointi.maanmittauslaitos.fi/karttapaikka/?share=customMarker&n=6679247&e=396814&title=Mustavuoren%20kohtaamispaikka&desc=Porukkalenkkien%20l%C3%A4ht%C3%B6paikka.&zoom=10&layers=%5B%7B%22id%22%3A2%2C%22opacity%22%3A100%7D %5D)). In the summer, these are road rides. During the winter season, from October onward and until March or April, we tend to go gravel grinding and off-road, too (cyclocross, endurance oriented mountain biking).

An ongoing forum discussion in Finnish can be found here (http://www.fillarifoorumi.fi/forum/showthread.php?56328-It%E4-Helsingin-Mustavuoren-porukkalenkit). Feel free to chip in, either here or there.

These social rides are typically ridden at a steady pace, average speed being somewhere between 30 to 35 kph, and distance varying between the two or three hour week-day evening ride and the four to six hours or more on Saturdays and Sundays.

Basic group ride know-how (http://www.active.com/cycling/articles/6-basic-skills-for-group-rides) is strictly required from every participant and safety is the no. 1 priority.

Welcome!

Trollberga
21.05.2018, 10.12
'Up', or in other words, let's refresh this topic, as there are inquiries about the Helsinki area group rides in English, now and then, in social media.

Trollberga
12.07.2018, 21.06
NB: On Bastille day, i.e. this Saturday July 14, 2018, the start will be exceptionally at 9 o'clock and the direction will be eastwards, Porvoo and beyond.

Trollberga
04.06.2019, 13.19
For another good option for regular group rides in the greater Helsinki area are the rides arranged or called together by HePo (Helsingin Polkupyöräilijät, "Helsinki Cyclists") almost every day of the week. Unfortunately, the information on their web-page is only in Finnish: https://hepo.fi/toiminta/lenkit/

A brief summary of the HePo rides in English:

MONDAY
Time: 18 hrs
Place: Prisma Viikki
Route length: 47 km (sometimes 60 km)
Pace: steady, beginner-friendly, avg 25-27 kph

TUESDAY
Time: 18 hrs
Place: Vantaankoski
Route: variable
Pace: variable, avg 30-36 kph, drop ride

WEDNESDAY
Time: 18h30
Place: Mittatie, Kuninkaanmäki
Route: 37 km (https://www.strava.com/segments/18343190) plus transitions
Pace: several average speed groups, from race-oriented to leisurely

THURSDAY
Same as Tuesday.

FRIDAY
No activities.

SATURDAY
Option 1: Maunulan maja 10h30 and Vantaankoski 11h15, beginner-friendly.
Option 2: Hakunila, 10h30, steady pace 27 kph, possibly faster groups as well.

SUNDAY
Time and place: Vantaankoski, 11hrs
Pace: Several groups ranging from 25 to 34 kph.
Route and its length: variable routes, 3 to 4 hours.