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Old 02-19-10, 07:27 PM   #1
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Help Orgainizing Saturday Morning Ride

I was approached by the local bike shop owner about organizing and early Saturday morning ride. I reluctantly told him I was on board mainly because of my concern for cycling advocacy. I live in a midwest city of ~50,000 and anything that promotes cycling is plus in my book.

Regardless, we are going to promote through the local shop and also the local paper. My concern is how to advertise this. Do I simply advertise by average speed? How do i eliminate the eventual problem of having the kitted hammer droppers, compete with the lady with the flower basket on front?

I also don't want to spend the entire ride going back and chasing. I don't care about getting dropped but I am not really ready to babysit.
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Just do it and see what happens.

Make up a route and print a map and cue sheet. The people who show up will determine the character of the ride. You might be able to influence it to a degree, but you won't be able to control it.
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Just do it and see what happens.

Make up a route and print a map and cue sheet. The people who show up will determine the character of the ride. You might be able to influence it to a degree, but you won't be able to control it.
That is a very sensible reply. The atmosphere of our cycling group ride community has generally consisted of aggressive riders and those who attempt to join them and fail. I am looking for ideas on how to change that.
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For the last year or more, I've been going on a "non drop" Saturday morning ride that really is more or less non-drop. That seems to be something of a rarity around here, and something to keep in mind for NEW people.

If your turnout is 5 people, no problem just ask around and see who wants to ride how fast and how far and all. If you get 20 people, check if you have enough fast and slow riders to split into two groups.

Usually on our rides, there are two or three regulars (they wear the bike shop jersey, typically) and one of them stays in back, one stays toward the front of the group. The front group will stop every few miles and wait up for the others.
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Dan Henry's can be helpful for those not keeping up with the main group. Hard to get lost with Dan Henry's plus a cue sheet.
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Dan Henry's can be helpful for those not keeping up with the main group. Hard to get lost with Dan Henry's plus a cue sheet.
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Dan Henry's can be helpful for those not keeping up with the main group. Hard to get lost with Dan Henry's plus a cue sheet.
Another possibility is "sweeps and corners"

A rider with a distinctive jersey is appointed the "sweep" and rides behind the last rider. The ride leader appoints a "corner" to stand at every route decision point and direct the following riders who can each ride at their own pace. When the corner sees the sweep approaching, they take off and (if they're so inclined) sprint to catch up with the head of the pack.
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