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I started a high school cycling club. Our first ride was today

Old 10-27-07, 04:36 PM
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I started a high school cycling club. Our first ride was today

Hey everyone. I haven't posted in here in a long time - I've missed you guys! I started a high school cycling club at my school after a few months of planning (mostly related to insurance and liability), and today was our first ride! We had eighteen people show up, and I'm quite tempted to call it a success.

The ride itself wasn't much - we did a short three mile ride on the multi-use trail and then back for a total of six miles. I wanted to keep it local so that we wouldn't be far from help if any unforeseen problems managed to arise. Additionally, I wasn't sure how peoples' fitness levels were.

A motivator for the riders was pizza and energy drinks, we which we had at the halfway point. People showed up all types of bikes, and we luckily had no mechanical problems. There was a scary moment when I thought the whole club had rolled over a patch of tiny glass shards, but nothing came of it.



Here's the entire photo album: http://www.shorewoodbicycle.com/photos/firstride.html

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Good job. How'd you guys get around the liability issue?
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very cool. congrats on a successful first outing. keep it up, maybe you can turn it into a weekly ride.
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Man it's nice to have you back! It's really glad to see that you got this together at school. Me and a few friends are working on a club team at school to get together a fitness group and a race group. The planning is going really well so far!
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Good job. It was smart to make the first outing a fun ride.
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i'd like to put one of these together in my school, haha
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What a motley crue. What a beautiful day in Seattle to ride. Congrats, keep it up.
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18 people? Certainly a success. Awesome.
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Appleton west cycling club's first ride,
2 people.
You win
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Thanks! As for the liability issue: we're going to sign up as a USA Cycling high school club starting January 2008 (the beginning of their yearly billing cycle). They offer full coverage for a small annual fee; it's quite nice. Our ride today wasn't covered by anything, but I made it clear that it was informal and ride-at-your-own-risk, just to be safe.

And yes, the weather WAS perfect. 60 degrees or so, completely clear and sunny skies. If I get another day like this I'll see if I can throw together another event before January.

In the meantime, any advice, suggestions, or further comments would be helpful!

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Very nice, and definitely a success. I started a mountainbike club in high school, and most of our rides had 5-10 riders. We had to make our meetings (lunch time at school) official, but keep all of the rides informal.
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That's fantastic! I'm very happy for you! Strong work.
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Cool stuff. I hope the ridership increases for the next ride. Keep up the good work.
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Well done.
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It's good to see that the cops showed up to keep you punks in line!




Just kidding! Keep up the good work.
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Fantastic job. {non alcoholic of course )
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free pizza! yay!
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Nice! Where were you when I was in High-school!?!??!
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BEEF! Welcome back. Nice to see a good person come back. ryanf gone - beef back.....lovin it.

Nice job. Definite success. Your leadership skills will serve you well throughout your life. Just think....when you're in your 30's you can spend all your time organizing BikeForums rides....
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BEEF! Welcome back. Nice to see a good person come back. ryanf gone - beef back.....lovin it.

Nice job. Definite success. Your leadership skills will serve you well throughout your life. Just think....when you're in your 30's you can spend all your time organizing BikeForums rides....
This could only mean that the beef=ryanf.

Oh mah gawd!
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Thanks again. I'm glad to be back. As for the club - it's a bit of work organizing everything, but hopefully by steering things in the right direction I can keep increasing the membership. Fundraising is our main issue right now. I'd like to get help from local businesses or organizations, but don't know where to begin (sponsorship? simply asking for donations?) - I don't have much experience there.

The dream is to do the STP (Seattle to Portland) double century in July with a large group from the school. But that's nine months away.

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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post
This could only mean that the beef=ryanf.

Oh mah gawd!
Ah, crap, you got me. Actually, I pretty much missed that whole thing. When I stopped posting he was virtually a new member, and botto had just returned from getting banned.
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Sweet! Well done!

And you did it on a fixie? Classy.
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Originally Posted by the beef View Post
Thanks again. I'm glad to be back. As for the club - it's a bit of work organizing everything, but hopefully by steering things in the right direction I can keep increasing the membership. Fundraising is our main issue right now. I'd like to get help from local businesses or organizations, but don't know where to begin (sponsorship? simply asking for donations?) - I don't have much experience there.

The dream is to do the STP (Seattle to Portland) double century in July with a large group from the school. But that's nine months away.
It is not as hard as you may think. I have some experience in this...

People (businesses) love to associate themselves with a group of positive and energetic young people. Find a "faculty sponsor" (read: adult) then ask community banks, not large national chains--this is shockingly easy and really productive. If you make t-shirts throw their logo on it...

You can also sell stuff. Ask your members for a $5 donation, see if your school offers a flat like $50 annual for clubs, then use all that to buy wrist bands and sell them to double your profit, also water bottles, t-shirts, etc...they are not that expensive to personalize, they are cool, and your members will definitely want them and others will lust for them...

good luck and google this stuff, check out the costs and see if it is doable...you are off to a pretty cool start
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