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GRS Courses: Materials & Reminders

The future of Bike MS: City to Shore Ride is in YOUR hands! With 7,000 cyclists on the road during City to Shore weekend, all with a variety of skill levels, it’s important to know how to ride safely and courteously in a massive group. The dangerous actions of a few can jeopardize the League of American Bicyclists logofuture of this ride for all. Bike MS provides the necessary tools to educate all City to Shore cyclists on proper riding etiquette but it’s up to YOU to become a Responsible Cyclist.

Bike MS has partnered with the League of American Bicyclists (LAB), a national organization dedicated to cycling, cycling advocacy and cycling education, to offer our cyclists free Group Riding Skills (GRS) Courses.

Agenda & times | Course materials and what to bring | Bike inspections | Registration/cancellation information

Register for a GRS Course

Registration for all courses closes at noon the Thursday prior to the course. You will receive a confirmation email after registering with specific information about your course date and location. Keep reading for more details about the course. 

September course dates

Sept. 7: Plymouth Meeting and Mount Laurel

Sept. 14: Bucks County, Plymouth Meeting and Center City Philadelphia

Sept. 21: Kulpsville, Northeast Philadelphia and Mount Laurel

Click here to view information for each course.

Did you know?

Ocean City was recently named a Bronze level Bike Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists.

Renew your pledge

If you already took a GRS Course in 2011 or 2012, renew your pledge to safe and courteous cycling at City to Shore.

 Pledge to be an RC

Attend a Group Riding Skills course in September and be entered to win the Keswick Cycle bike package!

(1) pair of Specialized Sport Road shoes (can be exchanged for size in same model)

(1) pair of Bike Smart Sprinter SL road pedals

(1) pair of Bike Smart Lyka gloves (can be exchanged for size in same model)

(1) Keswick Cycle t-shirt

(2) Keswick Cycle water bottles

Thank you to our sponsoring bike shops for their raffle donations!


Course instructors - meet the LCIs

meet your instructors

An 'LCI' is a League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructor. All instructors are fellow City to Shore cyclists and volunteers. A reminder email will be sent out closer to your course date with instructor contact information.

Fran Horn, LCI#629
John DeGood, LCI #1790
Tony Marchionne, LCI #1791
Ed Blumenthal, LCI #1793
Frank Plunkett, LCI #1794
Steve Gilbert, LCI #1796
Don Elsas, LCI #1798
Howie Edelman, LCI #2071
Paul Begley, LCI #2074
Benton Levengood, LCI #2072
Steve Stamatopoulos, LCI #2451
Diana Hulboy, LCI #2477
Michael Columbus, LCI #2478
Matthew Venanzi, LCI #2479
Lloyd D. Humphrey, LCI #2481
Steven Burch, LCI #2482
Jerry Hankins, LCI #2484
Mary Anne Winterhof, LCI #2485
Travis Shive, LCI #2486
Stephen Drayton, LCI #2583
Phillip Cardinal, LCI # 3985

Agenda & Times

(This schedule is tentative and subject to change)

  • 8 a.m.:  Check-In -- Please bring your completed CLINIC REGISTRATION FORM (pdf)
  • **8-10 a.m.: Bike Inspections
  • 8:15 a.m.: Introductions
  • 8:30 a.m.: Classroom Portion
    • Safe & Courteous Group Cycling
    • ABC Quick Check
    • Proper Helmet Fit
    • How to Call in a medical and non-medical emergency
  • 9:45 a.m.: Break & Bike Pick Up
  • 10 a.m.: Interactive Parking Lot Drills
  • 11:45 a.m.: Questions
  • 12 noon: Course Completed -- complete and return the feedback form to your instructor

Course Materials & What to Bring

Bike Inspections
Bike inspections are offered at all GRS courses this year. To receive free bike maintenance the weekend of City to Shore, you must have your bike 'Bike MS Inspected' at one of our sponsoring bike shops prior to the ride. The inspection is free, only takes a few minutes, and serves to identify any major mechanical issues.

Note: mechanical repairs will NOT be offered at the course - only inspections. Click here for more information on bike inspections.

Bike inspections

Registration/Cancellation Information
Register now for a GRS course. Bike MS is waiving the usual fee for this course and offering it for FREE to registered cyclists. Registration for all courses closes at noon the Thursday prior to the course.

Capacity for most courses is limited to 30 participants. Once courses reach maximum capacity, registration for that date and location will be closed (no exceptions). Please be courteous to your fellow City to Shore cyclists and attend your registered course. If you have signed up for a course but cancel or do not show up, you are taking this spot away from another cyclist. If you need to cancel or change your course date, please notify us at least three days before your course date.

You will receive a confirmation email after registering with specifics regarding your course date and location. In addition, a reminder email will be sent out closer to your course date with instructor contact information and any course location specifics.

Inclement Weather/Course Cancellation: In the event there's inclement weather, the lead instructor will email you the morning of the course by 7 a.m.


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