Our rides secretary, Iain Dawson, has had a request for the next rides planning meeting to consider offering mid-week rides. Brian, our secretary, and Philip, our chair, certainly remember the mid-week evening rides – to a pub venue for a social – which happened a few years ago. When Iain mentioned the request, I had the following thoughts:
First, I’m probably in the “target group” that would enjoy mid-week rides and I should therefore put myself forward for leading one or two.
It seems to me that there could be several models of ride:
- Copy the Sunday rides – meet at 9.30 a.m., ride through the day with stops for elevenses and lunch.
- Copy the Saturday rides – meet at 9.30 a.m. or 2.00 p.m. for just a morning or afternoon ride
- Copy Kettering’s Thursday Club rides – meet at the elevenses stop, ride together to the lunch stop, then ride separately home
- Copy the 40+ Club rides – ride separately to and from a lunch stop social meeting
- And the evening rides that Brian remembers – meet at 7.00 p.m. and ride to a pub to ride home in the dark (more a summer than winter activity for most, I should think)
Now Philip has suggested that the AGM (on Wednesday 24th October, 7.30 p.m., Park Avenue church Rooms) would be the place to gauge interest. Iain is presenting his report as rides secretary (Item 3d) and there’s another chance to put forward ideas for the coming year’s programme at Item 9. So here are some questions to think about – if you too are in the “target group”:
- Should we stick to one model of ride?
- Or mix and match?
- Stick to a set day of the week?
I’d be happy to offer to lead one or two rides on the Thursday Club model, just sorting out a route between elevenses and lunch.
What do you think? I’m hoping for a short but interested discussion at the AGM.