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We need ride leaders.
If you ride with the club often
you probably appreciate the members who take on the responsibility
as ride leader. We need your help.
Are YOU ready to step up and lead a few rides?
Why become a ride leader?
Are you tired of the same old routes? You get to choose where to go.
Is your current ride leader getting burned out? They could use a break.
Do you feel like it is time for you to help out?
Be recognized and receive an award at the Christmas party.
We can help you get started
Many seasond members are more than happy to help new ride leaders with their groups. We have a selection of route slips in the CLUB RIDES section or try a new route. The choice is yours. It is a good idea to print about a dozen route slips to hand out before the ride. This makes it less stressful if the group gets spread out.
Post your planned ride on the club FACEBOOK page a couple days in advance. This helps riders plan ahead and "load up" on carbs if there are a lot of hills.
Introduce yourself before the ride and give a brief description of the ride you have planned (distance, hills etc.). Remind riders that we share the road, we don't take it over. Remember: NO HELMET, NO RIDE!
Be familiar with the area you are riding to. Try to avoid road construction and busy highways. Plan at least one restroom and water stop along the way. Let the riders know where the planned regroup stops are. Regroup as needed and count riders to make sure you have not lost anybody. Be aware if any riders are having mechanical or physical troubles.
Offer words of encouragement to new or struggling riders. I think we all remember that person that inspired us the most on our first club ride. You can be that person.
After the ride thank everyone in your group for riding with you and invite them back for the next ride.
Most important: Be flexible. Things don't always go as planned.
Let your ride leader know that you are interested in becoming a leader or e-mail the Ride Chair