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6/27/11 12:59 P

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I brought up the ride leader training idea to a couple people on our board and they thought it was a good idea. Maybe if I bribe people with free pizza some evening I'll get someone to come to training!

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6/27/11 12:56 P

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Hi Don,
Unfortunately, I don't know the ins and outs of the trainings, just that they pop up on our team calendar every now and then.
Sorry I couldn't be more helpful.

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6/25/11 8:37 P

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Curious to know more about your club's "leader training sessions" CHICKYSOUP...can you share more about this? Hoping to pass this idea along to our club.

Don

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6/25/11 5:47 P

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To be honest I don't have any really good suggestions. The club ride I run we don't offer incentives for persons to lead the rides. If I am out of town I'll just have my friend run it. Each ride we actually break up into three groups, advanced, novice and beginner. Therefore we actually have three leaders and three sweepers (one and one for each group). During the peak of the season we'll have up to 50 riders that meet three times a week.

When I lived in California and worked in the bike shop I also led a group ride every Sunday morning. When I left it we had anywhere from 100-300 riders meet every Sunday at the coffee joint. It actually got to the point we had a police escort to lead us out of the city. I did kick down discounts to the fellow cyclists who would take over leadership rolls every now and then. But my overall experience was that people enjoyed be "leaders", so finding volunteers was easy. Good luck with your quest.

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6/25/11 3:45 P

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I haven't found a club yet, not for lack of looking. (Actually, it's a non-issue right now since an injury is keeping me off my bike). I'm just curious - what responsibilities fall to the leader? What makes a good one?

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6/24/11 2:10 P

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My cycling club offers ride leader training sessions - perhaps that gives our leaders a greater sense of confidence in leadership responsibility. I'm not sure if our club has problems recruiting leaders, but there are always at least 2 on every ride (1 to lead and 1 to sweep) but often other leaders are participating too so there is always extra support.

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TOOTHFUL99's Photo TOOTHFUL99 Posts: 499
6/23/11 3:54 P

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Thanks, Don. Nice newsletter. You have a lot of nice rides scheduled. Got my wheels turning.
I guess I'm just going to have to be more forceful in asking for leaders. We easily get over 30 riders on some rides, often the same people, but some of them just don't want the responsibility of leading.

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Well...not much to offer here. I know our club struggles also. Here is a sample of a recent email request:

"I am now requesting for STBC fall ride leaders to take a moment and pick a date in the months of September, October and November to lead your favorite ride. Please send me all of your info and I will get it scheduled as an official Southern Tier Bicycle Club ride and be able to get it in the fall newsletter and on our website calendar. With limited time available to get organized with fall rides, please act, as soon as possible and you will get first choice of available dates.

Thank you.

Now that you’re interested in leading a ride, Or have any other questions or concerns,
Please contact..."

As far as favorite club rides which draw many riders? I think a lot of that is simply a matter of the stars aligning such that there aren't too many competing activities going on (holidays, local festivities, etc.), the weather is good, etc.

One feature I enjoy about our ride schedule is the "grading" system for how fast to expect the ride to be or how hilly. Here's a link to out latest newsletter so you can see how we do that:

www.southerntierbicycleclub.org/imag
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I think we've mustered a pretty nice schedule of rides!

Don

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TOOTHFUL99's Photo TOOTHFUL99 Posts: 499
6/22/11 6:46 P

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I'm just fishing for ideas....

I'm the Ride Coordinator for the Chattanooga Bike Club. Lately, I'm having trouble getting people to volunteer to lead rides. I always have to rely on the same handful of volunteers. For an incentive, ride leaders earn points for leading rides and at the end of the year we have a party and they are awarded gift certificates and 'Club Bucks' to purchase club jerseys, etc. Obviously, it's not enough.

What do your clubs offer ride leaders? Do any other clubs run into this problem?

Also, what are some of your favorite club rides? (Like ice cream rides, rides to certain places, etc) What draws the biggest crowd in your club?

Warning....any good ideas might be stolen and reused!!!

...and then in the middle of everything, you realize you're alive right now, and the time to live is right now!


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