Northwest Cycling Club No Drop Saturday Ride

Road, Social, No Drop
Rides suitable for cyclists who are new to the sport (or who have not been on a bike for some years), family-friendly rides or any riders that feel a need for some mentoring. Note: please note that minors under the age of 16 cannot participate in rides unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. Families with children should, in any event, confirm with the ride leader ahead of time that the ride will be suitable for their needs.

Targeted towards riders who have a few years in the saddle, who have developed some riding confidence and fitness and feel ready to move to the next level. Could attract more experienced riders who are looking for a relaxed or less aggressive ride.

Limited to experienced riders with superior bike handling skills and who are comfortable with a fast pace (probably including single and/or double pace-line riding) and/or hilly terrain, and the possibility of heavily trafficked roads. Advanced rides are less likely to be "no-drop" unless identified as such.
Novice, Intermediate
Expected Turnout
15 - 50 riders
20 - 40
Average Speed
12 - 15
Flat to rolling
Saturday, 2 Mar, 2024Weekly on Saturday
7:30 AM
The No-Drop Grou

The Saturday Morning Rides are organized into pace groups. One of the pace groups is a No-Drop Ride. This ride is perfect for new riders and those who are looking for an easy, more social group. This group leaves after all other groups have started, and everyone in the group looks out for each other. You don't have to worry you'll get left behind - someone will stay with you, whether you have a flat, or just aren't as fast as your speed-demon friends!

Its ride leaders are Wayne Freeman, and Samuel Wu.

The No-Drop Ride is for both the new cyclist and the not-so-new-cyclist that's still new to NWCC. Riders should be able to meet the minimum rider requirements for the Saturday Zube Ride:

Be able to ride at least 20 miles
Be able to maintain a minimum of 12 mph
Obey all traffic laws
Helmets required
No headphones

Regardless of your ability, the No-Drop Riders will make sure that you're welcomed, looked after, and also entertained. You see, this group includes quite a few long-time club members who prefer the lively social atmosphere of the New Riders Group. If you're looking for peace and quiet, this might NOT be the group for you!

Our Saturday morning rides - still going strong!

 No other city in the nation can boast a cycling club like NWCC. And no other city has anything approaching NWCC’s famous “Saturday Morning Rides”.

 For over 25 years, 52 Saturdays a year, rain or shine, cyclists numbering from 75 to well over 200 converge on the parking lot at Zube Park in far northwest Harris County. Many are club members; and many are non-club members who are always welcomed guests.

 Club members volunteer to be the Saturday “Ride Starter”. By megaphone the Ride Starter welcomes everyone, gives a few Club announcements, then calls out the pace groups. Pace groups include “New Riders”, 14-16 mph, 16-18 mph, 18-20 mph, and 20+ mph.


Pace groups will cover distances from 20 to over 80 miles, riding on well-paved, quiet country roads in Harris and Waller Counties. Hours later, as the riders return, the Ride Starter sets out coolers of Gatorade and water, bananas, cookies, and peanut butter sandwiches.


Saturday morning rides start from Zube Park. Occasionally the Park will have a scheduling conflict and we'll start from the nearby Hockley Community Center.  (Be sure to check the calendar.)  Start times are at either 7:30 am or 8:00 am, depending upon the time of year. See Start Times below.


Cyclists riding out of Zube should be able to meet the following requirements:
Be able to ride at least 20 miles
Be able to maintain a minimum of 12 mph
Obey all traffic laws
Helmets required
No headphones

Just getting started in cycling? New to Northwest Cycling Club? New to the Houston area and not sure of the routes? We have a group for you! Ride with ourNo-Drop Ride - everyone is welcome!


Directions to Zube Park :Take HWY 290 to Roberts Rd. exit. Turn North (right) on Roberts Rd. The park is about a 1/4 mile North of HWY. 290 on Robert's Road on the right. MAP


Directions to the Hockley Community Center: Take 290 (past the Richards exit) to the Kermier Road exit. Exit on Kermier, and turn left on Kermier (i.e., go under the 290 freeway) to Old 290. Go across old 290, and across the RR tracks to Old Washington. Turn right on Old Washington and continue on that road until you cross RR tracks again. The Community Center will be on left hand side of the road right after the RR track crossing. MAP


Start Times:

January - March 8:00am

April thru September 7:30am

October - December 8:00am.
Northwest Cycling Club Saturday Routes
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