Sunday, November 11, 2007

New Group Ride Format

We have been struggling with developing a ride format that is both fun and challenging for all riding levels and goals. So far I think our group rides may have discouraged and turned off some, either because they are too fast or too slow. This isn't the intent of the group rides, and our goal is to have 20, 30, or 40 people showing up, and everyone feeling like they got a good ride within their respective capabilities. Here is what we are thinking we can do to fulfill this desire and goal.

Each ride advertised on this site will abide by the following format:
  1. Ride will begin within 10 minutes of the posted start time.
  2. The first segment of the ride will be geared to keep everyone together. The "keep it together" part of the ride will be between 1/2 hour and 1 hour in length, and will be chosen based on the group that shows up.
  3. At the end of the first ride segment, we will stop and make the decision on what's next.
  4. If everyone wants to continue on at the same rate and pace, that's what we'll do.
  5. If there are diverse riding abilities and goals present, riders may split. One group will continue to be geared for a cohesive group ride. The other group will be geared for higher speed and a more "race pace" type of ride. The higher speed group may hit several different trails and will not be as concerned with maintaining the group structure.

We'll give this methodology a try on Tuesday night. Hopefully lots of people will be able to make it out and we can try out the format.

See you all at Corby - start the "keep it together" ride at 6-ish.


rustbucket said...

Good idea Lansen...there must be some way to develop a more consistent group. Not that we have to have a group to really enjoy a ride...that's the beauty of this sport. But every once in awhile, it would be nice to just see everyone get together; to put names with new faces and to see some of the familiar ones; and to develop some sense of "community" among MTBRs in the area.

lansenm said...

Yeah, true. And, it's fun to ride with people. Seems like mountain bikers are some of the best folks out there, and I really enjoy spending time with all you guys.

In addition, we have enough new and up coming trails now, that we pretty much need a community to maintain them.