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5/14/11 12:48 P

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I think it's pretty unusual for our club to have non-members joining in on our rides. And if they do they usually join up right away! :-)

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5/14/11 10:06 A

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For our annual fundraiser century ride, we do have everyone sign a waiver. But for regular club rides only those who aren't members. Did I mention, we only have 12 members? I would imagine a large club would have problems with each ride leader knowing who is and who isn't a member.

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5/14/11 6:36 A

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Yep, waivers are signed for each ride we take. That's an idea to do just one for the year.

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5/14/11 12:38 A

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Thanks Don, we do have some hard workers.

Do you have your club members sign a waiver before each ride or just the non-members that ride? Our club members sign one every year that states "club rides" would that cover for all rides?

beverly

One Day at a Time:
1) 10,000 steps daily
2) fruit & vegie at every meal and log
3) aerobic or strength train every day
4) 7 hours sleep daily
5) check in with SP daily

August 2014 goals:
1) Get my nutrition back under control and record daily
2) Finish the forest service quilt and wall hanging
3) Ride my bike 25 miles a week
4) Clean and de-clutter one room each week


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DDOORN's Photo DDOORN Posts: 23,525
5/13/11 10:17 P

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Sorry so long getting to this thread...BUSY DAY!

Our bike club attempts to put together LOTS of rides every year and this year they are trying to get other newer members to lead rides. I'm still feeling a bit too wet-behind-the-ears to consider this, even with all the tips the club provides, which I'll share below:

Leading a Ride

Pick out a Route, and Scout it Ahead of Time

Ride should List the Event Day and Date with a Start Time

Ex. (Sunday, Feb 22 at 10 AM)

Pick a Meeting Spot with Directions to the Location.

Get Parking Permission for your Meeting Location.

Pick a Ride within your Capability.

Ride Description includes Type, Terrain, Pace and Mileage.

Find a Sub if you cannot Lead your Scheduled Ride.

Arrive 15 minutes before the Starting Time.

Be Available to Answer any Question about the Ride.

Have some Membership Applications on hand for Newcomers.

http://wsm.ezsitedesigner.com/share/scra
pbook/25/259696/STBC_membership_applic
ation.pdf


Get all Riders Signatures on the Waiver of Liability Form.

http://www.southerntierbicycleclub.org/r
ideschedule/ridesignupform.html


Review the Safety Checklist with all Riders.

Wearing a Helmet on all Club Rides is Required.

Leaders should Introduce Everyone and take a Rider Count.

Leader should Request Someone to act as the "Sweep".

Find out if all Riders are Completing the Ride and

Instruct that those Leaving the Ride, Report to the Leader or Sweep.

Give a quick Description of Rest and Regrouping Points along the Route.

Leaders are Not expected to be Mechanics.

Leaders are Expected to Follow the Advertised Pace.

Those who Ride Ahead of the Leader are on Their Own.

Make Sure all are Accounted for at the End of the Ride.

Return the Ride Sign-Up Form to STBC

Sounds like you've got a GREAT club there Bev!!

Don

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5/13/11 12:41 A

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Our little club will be hosting our 4th ride in July. My DH and his crew are in charge of routes, GPS, maps/cue sheets, notifying police, etc, so I don't do much of that. I get the fun parts (food and goodies). We are a small club (say 12 active members) so we only have t shirts if a business in town donates them. Most of our members are also in Civitan, so we combine our efforts and split the money.

We have a member who is a great photographer and he picks a few good spots and gets as many riders as he can. We post the pictures so they can download (no charge) their pictures.

We also have club members that ride the routes on bikes with tubes, and things and a couple of SAG vehicles that drive the routes. There is also a sweeper that picks up our "riders on road" signs and helps break down the rest stops if needed. Our local bike shop puts their phone number on the cue sheets in case of emergency. There is always someone there who knows the routes and can get help where needed.

There are several businesses in town that donate items (not always bike related items) and while the riders are out we draw rider numbers and award the items as prizes. There will be everything from stuffed animals, to meals, to quilts.

We have a rest stop about every 15 miles with the usual water, Gatorade, PBJ, fruit, pretzels...don't forget a pump and patch kits at each stop. We also keep sunscreen and first aid items at the rest stops. I have worksheets in each box of supplies for the rest stops that include maps of the routes, a few cue sheets, and a sheet to record info for future rides ( how long to set up, what time did first/last rider come, did you have what you needed, comments ...). This can really help when making arrangements for future rides.

Our first ride was very shaky, but we get better every year. (insert shameless plug here)
www.cyclistsofgreatersylacauga.blogs
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beverly

One Day at a Time:
1) 10,000 steps daily
2) fruit & vegie at every meal and log
3) aerobic or strength train every day
4) 7 hours sleep daily
5) check in with SP daily

August 2014 goals:
1) Get my nutrition back under control and record daily
2) Finish the forest service quilt and wall hanging
3) Ride my bike 25 miles a week
4) Clean and de-clutter one room each week


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5/12/11 8:04 P

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Start checking out the roads and logical areas for rest stops. Check with the HWY dept in the areas to see if they have road repair planned. Use a GPS and mark the pot holes, they can often get a crew that will path these if you have enough people.

Ride marshals! These people make the ride work especially for newbies, have some on bikes that have compassion.

Good luck

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5/12/11 7:34 P

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I have been asked by one of our members to comment on the subject. While I've never been in charge of an organized ride, I have sat on several planning sessions and would offer the following:
---Depending on the size of the ride, you need a staff of folks to assist you.
Setting up the course(s) - If you could get a local cycling club to map out the course(s),and the respective rest areas, you would be way ahead of the power curve.
Manning the Rest Stops - Boy/Girl Scouts are invaluable for running rest stops.
Food/Drinks - Local businesses can donate drinks and/or food for the rest stops and at the finish. Local bike shops can provide mechanical assistance.
Registration - Volunteers to hand out ride packets.
Pre-Registration - Volunteers to stuff the ride packets.
Marketing/Advertising - Looking for sponsors and ride marketing materials.
Ride Safety - Police/Sag support.
Medical Support - 1st aid stations at rest areas and finish.

Perhaps other folks that have organized some rides or have some additional ideas can chime in.


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