puffer35 wrote:British Cycling ...
I was also told that unless I could ride for at least 3 hours at a time at a minimum of 15mph then I was not welcome!
However, I have now found that a similar tone is adopted by certain group riders in the local CTC group i.e. "if you can't keep up with the fastest then please do not come on our rides"!
Otherwise I find that CTC reflects my interests in cycling as a pastime and not a religion.
I would suggest that CTC is missing a trick or two and should "re-focus it's attentions on those who are not sport (or sportive) minded and become a cycling club". Encouraging cyclists, particularly those folks who have returned to the pastime following retirement and are perhaps not quite as athletic as they once were, would probably result in more members.
Whilst I've not been on any CTC group rides (I like cycling the lanes alone), I believe that the different local groups vary - probably depending on their membership and the ride organisers ? I'm midway between two groups and one organises two rides per week (on different set days), e.g. the Sun ride is shorter and slower whilst e.g. the Wed ride is longer and faster. Which sounds like a good plan as it provides for a wider range of people. The other group has no set pattern but their schedule is such that some rides are shorter/slower whilst other rides are longer/faster and these are clearly identified in their schedule. Again, accommodating a wide range of cyclists.
So focusing attentions on non-sport/non-sportive minded is probably something some groups are already doing whilst from you comment I assume not all.