I am a member of two cycling clubs. One is women-only, the other is mixed. The mixed one is the much bigger club.
The women's club has posted some rides that look appealing to me. The last ride I did with them was a climb up Mt. Diablo in October. When I RSVPed for that ride, it was originally supposed to be just the climb and descent of Mt. Diablo, which was just fine with me at 30 miles and 3,783' of climbing.
After I signed up, they tried to change it to a 67 mile ride with 7,000' of climbing, which I was not the least bit interested in. The last time I did a ride that hard, it was a miserable sufferfest. What complicated matters even further is that I had made arrangements to carpool with another rider, so if they stuck to that 67 mile ride I would either have to find something else to do while they were doing the rest of the ride (after I finished climbing Mt. Diablo), or drive down there myself, climb Mt. Diablo, and drive home.
They also changed the start time of the ride at least once. This was after I had PMed a couple BF members to let them know I would be down there.
I posted in the comments section for the ride that I would probably climb the other side of Mt. Diablo if they stuck to the 67 mile ride. On the day of the ride, my father was in town so I asked them if we could please stick to the original 30 mile route. I wanted to be able to visit with him later. They agreed.
That was the last time I rode with that club. I posted a ride I did on their Facebook page, saying that it would be a good ride for them. They asked for the mapmyride info, which I provided. Once again, they did the old "bait-and-switch", only this time I didn't sign up for their ride first. The original route was supposed to be about 50 miles and 5,000' of climbing. What did they do? Change it to the exact same sufferfest route I did on 8/26 (66 miles, 6,837' of climbing), using the mapmyride data posted by the ride leader of that same ride. No thanks!
After all that, I decided not to give this club any more routes. It just isn't worth it when they pull that "bait-and-switch" crap. I am still stuck at 150 lbs, and rides geared towards hammerheads are just plain miserable! The other cycling club I'm a member of sticks to the original route for any ride you sign up for. They also make it perfectly clear exactly how difficult the ride will be and what level of rider should attempt the ride. That's how it should be, IMHO.
Is anyone else a member of a club that does stuff like this? It's very frustrating, because the women's club posts some good climbing rides, and I don't get dropped by everyone within a mile or two. I just need the rides to be as they were originally advertised.