Oh, and by the way, my CTC councillor has bought me a pizza (a rather big one in a very nice gastro-pub type thing) - so it's not just Sky organisers
On the subject of turf, I did a CTC ride at the weekend. So many people that we had to split into at least four different groups and go to two different cafes to fit everyone, several newbies came and enjoyed. At the same time I received an email bemoaning the fact that local Sky type free led rides had had to be put off due to no one turning up despite all the publicity. So we must be doing something right for the time being.
there's lots that's right, and that's the galling thing. There's no 'best practice' mechanism. Councillors have spent so long writing off club runs that it doesn't occur to them that some are very, very successful, and, with a bit of support, that success could be spread around. I go back (once again) to the Belfast AGM where Jim Brown effectively spiked a mechanism for spreading ideas and best practice while bigging up the brand.
I don't know how it is with you, Si, but we've managed to explode a lot of the assumptions about club runs. Setting aside the unusual start time, there the radical notion that rides should have a beginning, a middle and an end - that the beginning should have some moment about it, the end should be revelatory (and involve beer), and the middle should entertain, have an identity or character and not be frenetic. We've exploded the idea that rides should be out and back. We've made the rides a literary event, and based a good deal of it around a forum. We've developed a TEC and Wayfinder method melds together people of varying abilities and that newcomers really like. There's a safety talk that people take part in.
Now, that's not a tablet of stone (and it's completely different to the wonderful Beginners rides run by the SWLDA), and I'm ever-willing to look at new ideas because I'm sure that there's bundles I haven't thought of, but it seems to me that this kind of consideration that should be brought to local groups with a view to offering a bit of new life to the product.
Si wrote:But to give Simon his due...this weekend I'm doing a pro-cycling publicity stand ting. I've invited a number of organisations to supply leaflets, etc and said that I'd push them all. My problem is that I can rave on endlessly about how good the CTC is, but then they are going to ask how much is it to go on the sky ride and I'm going to say "oh, it's free" and they are going to say "so how much is the CTC ride?" and I'm going to say "oh, best part of £50". It's tricky.
well, if they come out with us it's fifteen quid for the CTC and two quid for The Fridays!