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Steamboat Living: Quick Hits — Group Rides for Mere Mortals

Leggo My Ego: The Mere Mortals are just regular humans who like to ride (after meeting for doughnuts).
Matt Stensland

Don’t want to hammer with the hard guys? Finally, there’s a group of road riders more interested in keeping it fun than comparing testosterone levels.

In an effort to promote a more fun, casual and less-intimidating group riding experience, Chad James recently founded the Mere Mortals Bicycle Club for people not overly concerned about pelotons.

To get an idea of the cycling club’s attitude, this is how James describes it on the club’s Facebook page: “I want to ride with folks, but a 30-minute hill climb up Rabbit Ears or a four-hour, 30-mph sufferfest is still out of my league. I know some of you are complete hammers, but I hope you’ll be interested in riding with some regular humans now and then.”



The Mere Mortals meet casually every week on Saturday mornings at the Milk Run Donut Cafe, 941 Lincoln Ave.

“That was the whole idea,” James says. “Let’s not meet at a bike shop. Let’s meet somewhere where regular people have regular vices.”



The group starts riding by a doughnut-friendly 10:35 a.m. and likely earlier once the mornings get warmer. About 10 people show up to ride each week. Riding is kept at a conversational pace, and the group typically rides 20 to 25 miles out-and-back. Including intermediate men and women riders as well as occasional experts who offer tips, the Mere Mortals try to start and finish rides as a group. “We kind of have a no-drop policy,” James says.


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