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Old 07-18-09, 07:51 PM   #1
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South Metro Atlanta Comfort Rides

Hi folks. Last month the city of McDonough sponsored a ride dubbed "The Mayor's Ride". This was a slow easy ride with no drops, except for me on one when I blew a tire. With the encouragement of Epic Bikes in McDonough we would like to continue these types of rides. We are trying to get a group together for Saturday morning rides. We do not have a definite start date for location but would like to start in the next couple of weeks. Anyone that would like to attend is welcome. We would also like any suggestions as to how to build this type of event. We are trying to encourage people in a non-pressure environment and want them to enjoy it. Any participation, suggestions or help is appreciated.
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Old 07-19-09, 08:37 PM   #2
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Some members of the East Alabama Cycling club do a ride similar to what you are talking about. The ride starts at 7:30am in summer, so it's not too hot in winter they start at 8:00am. There are multiple ride options, all designed to end at or near a pre-selected breakfast location. The faster riders do a longer ride, there is a medium ride option and sometimes a short ride option if someone really wants that. If there are very few riders then everyone stays together but the faster riders do an addon and come back to the group.

Dislaimer: I am neither an organizer or leader of the rides.
If the bike shop is wanting to help, they can do so by putting up notices in the window and telling any shoppers about the ride. Find any local fitness clubs and tell them about it. If there is a bike club supporting the ride, make sure it is on the calendar, and on the website if they have one. Oh, and you might add something else to the ride. The local group calls theirs a Bike and Breakfast ride, so people know it's a social thing not jsut about the ride. You ride a while, stop and eat and talk, then ride back. There are other group rides for the hammerheads or other level riders.

But most importantly... If you pitch it as a no drop ride, make sure you don't drop anybody! Make sure your ride leaders are ready to stay back and roll at 5 mph if they have to. The ride should welcome any and all, just make sure the ride options cover all levels.
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The ride in McDonough was pretty much a social ride. The LBS is the one really trying to get this going. The owner is all about the lifestyle of cycling and wants to encourage as many people to participate as possible. They have been telling people that come in and are interested in a slower paced ride. I like the breakfast ride idea. We are using a club site and they have a calendar so we have that. Some of the thoughts are making the first ride at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. There is a road circling the track that is not too bad.
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