BYU-Idaho students interested in road biking meet at the Outdoor Resource Center (ORC) by the stadium to go on bike courses around Rexburg on Wednesdays at 6 p.m.
“You know those bikers you see riding on the side of the road wearing the Spandex? That’s us, — but we don’t have to wear Spandex,” said Whitney Vasquez, a junior studying recreation management and the student director of this and six other outdoor activities.
Vasquez said the group welcomes anyone who wants to ride and is interested in road biking.
“We will do a beginner loop or simply add a few blocks for those who are more advanced because Rexburg is set up in a grid system,” Vasquez said. “Sometimes we ride up past the temple on Poleline Road and we don’t even notice when we’ve ridden 20 miles because it’s gorgeous there. Those farm fields with the sunset, because we bike in the evening, are just beautiful.”
The tickets to participate in this outdoor activity are free, and if students don’t have their own bikes, the ORC gives a discount of about $6.
“This discount gives you a bike, a helmet and a great time,” Vasquez said.
There is a road biking class on Friday afternoons that Vasquez is part of. She tries to implement the techniques the class teaches her to the Wednesday road-biking group. For example, when there is a lot of wind, the biking group will get into a v-shape called drafting, like flying geese, so that the riders in the front will break the wind and help the riders in the middle get a draft that pulls them along.
Riders will rotate positions so that everyone gets an opportunity to ride in the middle.
They go about 10 to 13 miles for beginners and can work up to about 30 miles for the advanced riders.
Vasquez is the student director over seven different activities: canoeing, backpacking, kayaking, rafting, stargazing, mountain biking and road biking, all provided by BYU-I’s Outdoor Activities.