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Re: [Boulder-Mountain-Bikers] Why not have more rides?

From: ScottW
Sent on: Wednesday, May 2, 2012 12:44 PM
My $.02 on the subject -

No one should feel like they shouldn't sign up and show up for a ride, 
unless the ride is specifically posted as being for a certain level. Not 
every trail is the same, so there will be rides that folks of a certain 
fitness/skill level shouldn't go on - and those rides should have that 
info posted in BIG LETTERS.

Marshall Mesa, for example, is not one of those trails. It's a great 
every-level trail. But, anytime you have a group of folks show up that 
have fitness/skill levels ranging from novice to 
omg-your-calves-look­-like-they're-carved­-out-of-stone, it's best to 
self-organize into at least two groups, have someone designated as 
leader for each group - and for the slower groups, have someone 
designated as sweep rider as well, to ensure nobody gets left behind due 
to coughing up a lung, or mechanical issues. There are few things more 
frustrating to a new biker than getting dropped and having no idea where 
the folks in front of you have gone. Have the lead rider stop at all 
intersections where the route takes a not-obvious turn. Either let the 
rest of the group catch up, or leave one rider at that intersection to 
direct the trailing riders to go that-a-way.

That said, I'd love to see some more rides posted. I'm just getting back 
in gear (ha ha bike pun) and it's been a while since I had a regular 
crowd for trail rides. It's more fun to ride with other folks (and to 
share beers with afterwards)! Maybe start having a regular rotating 
weekend ride on either Saturdays or Sundays, so folks can plan ahead. 
Bounce around trail systems from week to week.

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