Thoughts from the side lines....a little recap...

Hey all,

Two Things:

1. It has been brought to my attention that some riders have experienced people who think they know the rules and regulations of Cyclists and Cars on the Road.

Just in case you are curious what you can and can't do CLICK HERE(MTO RULES). And if you think you know, click it anyways:)

2. I have noticed on a few recent rides that there are riders that have not been able to keep the pace of the lead/main group and have fallen back. Sometimes it is because of the smallest thing like not being able to clip in in time, or maybe you weren't paying attention on the green light. Regardless, it really sucks when you're off the back and next to impossible to catch up. In order to continue following BCC's Mandate of Inclusiveness may I suggest the following:

* When starting out the ride(during warm-up) riders at the front please ensure that the starts of the light are gradual and make sure that you account for all in the group. After the warm-up section, you can split into respective pace groups. This leads me to my next point.

* Know your limits and if you are in the Lead Group/Fast Group and barely hanging on, try hooking up with riders a speed range lower, and you can do all the work for them. This will help them improve and help you get a solid work-out. Remember there is no glory in sitting in, but there is tonnes of glory if you pull into the wind:)!

I will do my part to organize the distances and routes to maintain inclusiveness but I can't be everywhere all the time. Thanks for your time in reading this and I hope that the BCC(Be Courteous Consistently) can continue to help all of its members grow/improve as riders and cyclists.

Cheers,

Dan.

P.S.: Comments Welcome:)

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Comment by DY on September 15, 2009 at 12:35pm
Thanks for all your input so far, I'm sure there will be more to come. Seems like its all about maintaining a level of communication whilst on the ride. I know with larger groups, it is always difficult to talk, cause sometimes you need to breathe first, but I think since the BCC is comprised of people that now are friends, it shouldn't be hard to help a friend out if in need of a pull or 2. Hopefully this makes sense and the last thing I want to do is to come across as a drill sergeant. It takes all the fun out if the rides. Just wanted to create awareness in the club and get everyone more sensitive to their fellow riders. Receiving the complements from other clubs/people is great for the BCC and its ridership. Keep it up!

D.
Comment by Kerri on September 15, 2009 at 4:23pm
There have been some very great points raised on a subject that we all have some experience with. Bottom line, no one likes to be dropped or to feel like they have been dropped by the group. Watching the train pull away knowing that you have no hope in hell of catching back up, unless they hit EVERY red light coming up is not a fun way to spend a ride. Having said that, if you have dropped back, more than likely you will find that you are nearby another group of riders looking for someone to tuck in with them. Sometimes just slowing down, and enjoying the ride is much more fun than blowing your brains (and legs) out trying to hang on for dear life. Don't get me wrong, I love to go fast, but have found that sometimes the rides that have been the most fun are the ones where I have ended up riding in a different pace group and just chilling and cruising along. And if you can ride with a different group and get to know more of the BCC members, it's even more of a win-win.
I also have to say that I agree with the points raised by Alex, they are all very valid and things that we can all keep in mind while being up front.
With the club growing to the size it has this season, we are bound to feel some growing pains, but I think that by keeping the lines of communication open and fostering open discussion about issues before they really become issues, we'll continue along being the envy of all other bike clubs!
Cheers, K

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