Arthritis Bike Classic Ride Leader Training


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The purpose of this training is to prepare cyclists to lead training rides for the Arthritis Foundation, Great West Regions two Arthritis Bike Classics, the one-day Marin Headlands Arthritis Bike Classic and the six day, Oregon Coast People's Coast Arthritis Bike Classic.

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  • Arthritis is costly, painful and debilitating. When you think of serious chronic diseases, arthritis might not be top of mind, but it should be. Arthritis is the number one cause of disability in the United States. It costs the U.S. economy $128 billion dollars a year and is a more frequent cause of activity limitation than heart disease, cancer or diabetes.
    Everyone should join the Arthritis Foundation in this fight because of:
    The serious threat that arthritis poses to individuals, to businesses and to the economy as a whole.
    The impact the Arthritis Foundation makes in the lives of people with arthritis and in your community.
    Our goal at the Arthritis Foundation is to remove the burden of arthritis entirely through a cure. That is our commitment to people with arthritis.
  • + 100 forms of arthritis
    Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Lupus, Fibromyalgia etc.
    1 out of every 5 adults is living with arthritis
  • The shortage of pediatric rheumatologists is of great concern to the parents of children with arthritis and to the Arthritis Foundation. We are leading the way and taking action. Increasing access to pediatric rheumatologists is one of our policy priorities. And we are asking Congress to appropriate funding for a Pediatric Subspecialty Loan Repayment Program in FY 2014 in order to help alleviate the current shortage of pediatric rheumatologists in the United States. We have created tools to enable our advocates to raise their voices on this critical issue.
    (More info can be found:
    Our advocates have also been successful in keeping biologic drugs accessible to people with arthritis who are on Medicare. And they are supporting the Patients' Access to Treatments Act, which will enable access to critical treatments that allow patients to lead a normal life and prevent disability.
  • For 65 years, the Arthritis Foundation has led the way with research that results in better lives for people with arthritis. As Floyd B. Odlum, the 1948 chair of the Arthritis Foundation said: “It is one light in a laboratory that will one day make the difference.” To this day, the Arthritis Foundation is working to make a difference in the treatment of arthritis, while remaining committed to finding a cure.
  • The Foundation’s research program is unique because our agenda is set from the patient’s perspective. As you can see, we have led the way over the last 65 years – and will continue to do so with promising new research that is in the pipeline now.
    Funding 2,200 researchers and giving over $400 million towards discovering innovative treatments
  • We fund cutting-edge research designed to change the world for people with arthritis. For example: [use one of the examples below]
    Example 1:
    Osteoarthritis affects 27 million of the more than 50 million Americans with arthritis – and there are few treatment and drug options available other than drugs to treat pain and surgery to replace joints. The Arthritis Foundation is taking the lead to change this fact. Results from our Anterior Cruciate Ligament – or ACL – Initiative have the potential to revolutionize the treatment of OA and to help find a cure. Imagine a day when you can go to a doctor who has the ability to detect the very early onset of OA and to prescribe something that will stop it in its tracks. That is our vision.
    Example 2:
    People who have auto-immune forms of arthritis – such as rheumatoid arthritis or juvenile arthritis – face hurdles not only in receiving a diagnosis, but also in getting the right treatment. Although treatment for RA and JA has advanced with the introduction of biologics, not every person with RA responds the same to the different biologics. Wouldn’t it be great if treatment could be personalized, or individualized, for each person with the disease? We think it would. And that is why we have funded the Arthritis Internet Registry, as well as a registry for JA, through the Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance, otherwise known as CARRA. By studying the genes of people who have these diseases and their response to the medications they take, we are one step closer to a world where personalized treatments for arthritis are possible.
    The Arthritis Foundation drives the world’s arthritis research agenda by developing and supporting specialized, targeted research initiatives that will push us closer to a cure – so that children like Matthew and anyone who must deal with the impact of arthritis can say, “I used to have arthritis, but thanks to the Arthritis Foundation, I am cured.”
  • The Arthritis Foundation is working toward a cure, but understands that people need help to live better right now. Through programs like Walk With Ease, our evidence-based program approved by the CDC, which is shown to reduce health care costs, absenteeism and reduce workers’ compensation claims. We are the reliable source when they need information and answers about how to live with this devastating disease. We are the first choice for people with arthritis.
  • The Arthritis Foundation has led the way since 1948 providing support to children with juvenile arthritis (JA) and their families. Through camps, conferences, education, advocacy and awareness programs, the Foundation pursues solutions to address the unmet needs of children with juvenile arthritis. We are actively
    Funding life-changing and groundbreaking research to enable kids to be kids and reach for their dreams.
    Advocating for kids and teens with arthritis to gain access to pediatric rheumatologists, as well as training kids and teens to be the voice for the 300,000 children with arthritis.  
    Making connections by bringing kids with JA and their families together annually through the national Juvenile Arthritis Conference, hosting JA camps across the country, providing backpacks for kids with JA heading off to school, and hosting family days where kids and their families come together to learn and have fun.
    And providing education by delivering programs to children and their families to help them better understand the impact of juvenile arthritis. We also provide websites, brochures, books and other resources with information about JA.
  • Arthritis Bike Classic Ride Leader Training

    1. 1. Training Ride Program
    2. 2. The purpose of the Arthritis Bike Classic training program is to work with each rider in a way that all aspects of cycling safety, riding skills, and endurance are shared in a fun way so that each rider has the ability to enjoy a multi-day riding event without causing harm to them self or others.
    3. 3. Keeping Everyone Safe  • Group riding and communications • Follow the laws, be predictable • Helmet, bright clothing, rear mirror                           ,  etc. • Waiver and emergency contact info                               for each rider  • Carry first aid supplies • Bicycle maintenance and repair
    4. 4. Turning Newbies Into Cyclists • The type of bike and correct size                                  and adjustments • Clothing, gloves, clipless pedals,                                 etc., especially for multi-day rides • Hydration & Nutrition • Additional health concerns - sun block,                    Blistex, etc. • Cyclometers, Garmen GPS, other monitoring tools
    5. 5. Riding The Bike • Refer to a schedule of increased duration, distance, and  climbing  • Country riding, city riding,                                              bike path riding • Mini-goals leading up to                                                   the People's Coast Classic • Communicating ride                                                    schedules
    6. 6. Cycling Reference Chart Group miles per week miles per month miles past 2 months comments 1a 10-20 40-80 75-150 Transitioning from mole to  mobile 1b 20-40 80-160 150-300 1 or 2 rides per week. AKA:  Overcoming inertia 2a 30-50 120-200 220-380 Recreational rider 2b 40-60 160-240 300-450 Really jazzed recreational rider 3a 50-75 200-300 350-550 Foundation miles + training  miles, has a goal 3b 60-90 240-360 450-650 Training miles + foundation  miles, has a bigger goal 4a 80-115 320-460 550-800 Sub-animal 4b 100-130 400-520 750-1,000 Animal… you are there!
    7. 7. Cycling Reference Chart • Training needs will increase as riders advance in grouping and working towards their goal(s). • Follow the 10-15% rule: No ride to be more than 10-15% more than any ride in the past 4 weeks. This is to avoid injury, sore buttinski, burnout, etc. Loosely translated: Prior to your first 100K (62 miles): in one day within the last 4 weeks, ride at least 55 miles. Prior to your first Century (100 miles): in one day within the last 4 weeks, ride at least 87 miles. If the longest day of the TPCC is 85 miles: in one day within the last 4 weeks, ride at least 75 miles. • I would advise riders to be at least at these (minimum) levels: – 1st 100K (62 miles): Group 2b. – 1st Century (100 miles): Group 3b. – TPCC: Work up through the groups and last 6 weeks in group 3b/4a. – Death Ride (125 miles, 15,000 feet climbing): Balance of 4a/4b. • Every bike ride is a good ride. Every bike ride with hills is a great ride! Loosely translated… Have a great ride! (include as much climbing as you can) • Your spinning classes or riding on a trainer count as 6 miles per 30 minutes. • If you are under 25 years old, there are no rules!!!
    8. 8. Creating A Community • Why our training rides are open • The power of a shared goal • Telling stories • A little encouragement goes a long way
    9. 9. Training Ride Maps Map and/or Turn by Turn Cue Sheets are recommended •Tools for building maps/turn by turn cue sheets – Map My Ride: – Running Map: – Downloaded data from cyclometers (Garmin, Ride with GPS, Strava etc.) – Google Maps Bicycle Routes •Examples: – Trainer Jer Kruse’s Website
    10. 10. Waivers & Emergency Forms
    11. 11. What To Do If There Is A Serious Accident? • If you have cell phone reception, IMMEDIATELY CALL 911 • Do not move the injured rider, especially if you suspect a head or spinal injury • Take care of yourself. Do not step into the path of vehicle traffic • Keep the injured person calm • Notify the emergency contact on the rider’s emergency contact form • Contract Arthritis Foundation staff and complete an Accident Or Injury Report as soon as possible In case of an emergency, call 911 to request •Paramedics •Ambulance •Fire Department •Police Provide the following information: •Nature of emergency, •Location of the emergency (address, building, room number) •Your name and phone number from which you are calling.
    12. 12. What To Do If There Is A Serious Accident? COMMUNICATIONS PLAN In the event a crisis occurs or a sensitive issue arises during a training ride, the individuals listed below serves as primary spokesperson and primary emergency contact to address the media and others on the foundation’s behalf. Other staff and volunteers should speak with media only if first designated by the foundation’s leadership. Spokesperson Contact Name: Scott Weaver Title: Chief Executive Officer Office Phone: (206) 547.2707 x107 Cell Phone: (206) 755-5925 Email: Emergency Contact Name: Beth Miller Title: Regional Manager, Cycling Events Office Phone: (415) 356-5483 Cell Phone: (732) 742-4506 Email:
    13. 13. Using Meetup.Com • Select your local Meet- Up Group: • Northern California • Great Seattle • Greater Portland • Select the join button. • Follow the instructions for joining • Beth or Allison will make you add you to the Meetup Group’s management, allowing you to post rides Registering/Becoming A Meetup Group Manager
    14. 14. Using Meetup.Com Posting A Training Ride • You’ll be notified by email when you’ve been added to the Meetup Group’s management team. • To add a new Meetup, select the “+SCHEDULE A NEW MEETUP” tab. Meetup will walk you through the scheduling process. • Key Details: • Add the date, location (Meetup will link to a map), starting time, a description of the activity (ie miles, climbing, pace, etc.), and how to find the group. • Please include a cell phone number for lost or late members. • Once you’ve created your Meetup, please select the Announce button so that members will be notified via email.
    15. 15. Using Meetup.Com Taking/Posting Photos & Rating The Ride/Group • Show all the members how much fun you had by rating the Meetup, adding a short description, and uploading photos with captions. • Encourage your members to rate the individual Meetup and the overall group. Potential members will consider your reviews and view your photos before deciding to join.
    16. 16. Arthritis Bike Classics Two amazing rides, one purpose! • Astoria to Brookings, Oregon • September 7 – 12, 2014 • 2, 4, & 6-Day Options w/ Transportation to/from Portland • Website: • Fully Supported Cycling Tour • Breakfast/Dinner, rest stops, route markings, SAG, camping with/hotel option, etc. • Fundraising & training guidance • Start/Finish in Kentfield, CA • Saturday, July 12, 2014 • Multiple Scenic Routes: 100 mi, 100 km, 35 mi • Website: • Full Day Expo • Fully Supported Cycling Event • Rest stops, route markings, SAG, • Fundraising & training guidance
    17. 17. Promotional Materials The Amgen People’s Coast Arthritis Bike Classic Astoria to Brookings, OR September 7 – 12, 2014 2, 4, & 6-Day Options w/ Transportation Fully Supported Cycling Tour • Weekly Training Rides Contact: (888) 391-9389 Ext. 13 or AbbVie Marin Headlands Arthritis Bike Classic Saturday, July 12, 2014 Start/Finish in Kentfield, CA Multiple Scenic Routes • Weekly Training Rides • Full Day Expo Contact: (888) 391-9389 Ext. 13 or
    18. 18. Arthritis Foundation Our Mission is Changing Lives
    19. 19. Arthritis Foundation Here To Help You! Master Trainer Jer Kruse (510) 388-8048 Arthritis Foundation Staff Beth Miller (415) 356-5483 Allison Bailey (503) 245-5695 ext. 107