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From: Chris D.
Sent on: Friday, February 22, 2013 11:55 AM

Hello all,

A big welcome to 2013 and a big hello to all the new folk that have joined in the last few months.

As you can no doubt see, we have had our membership increase quite a lot in the last 6 months, and with that a big demand in places for rides, with many being oversubscribed very quickly. This is good, as it shows the success of the group and our ethos of helping along beginners and putting on exciting and diverse rides, but the downside being that many cannot get out as they are still on waiting lists.

As such, it would be great to have more "Hosts" posting and taking out rides, even if they clash with other ones, as there seems to be the demand for it.

You don't need to have any qualifications to host rides, just an enthusiasm for Mountain Biking, and be able to plan and detail a route, make sure everyone is accounted for and no-one gets left behind, oh, and that everyone enjoys themselves!

Some basic MTB skills and mechanical knowledge would be good too, but again enthusiasm and getting on with folk are equally important.

So, if you are interested in posting rides, then please drop me an e-mail. Always looking for rides in new locations and area's.

Remember, informal rides can be posted via the discussion forum on the Meet Up site and on the Facebook page.

A few points to remember when posting a ride:

  • Try and avoid area's that get damaged though overuse
  • Keep groups smaller rather than bigger, easier to check everyone is there and going in right track, normally 10 maximum, but this can vary depending on route and Trail Centres can take bigger groups.
  • When posting give as much detail as possible - expected terrain, suitability - Blue (beginner) Red (Intermediate) Red (Advanced), anticipated time - bear in mind a group will take far longer than an individual ride, build in faffing and rest/repair time.
  • Err on the side of caution, you might be able to blast up the hill, but will everyone? 
  • Any safety requirements - bring a well stocked medical kit and extra tubes/tools. Everyone should have a helmet and a well maintained bike.
  • Riders are responsible for their own safety, and should bring their own kit and spares as required, though I would expect everyone will help with any problems.
  • Bring a map if possible/required and know how to use it
  • Let everyone know your contact details, then if there is someone missing you can call them (assuming everyone has a mobile!)
  • Any other route specific details - parking, refreshments available on route

Thanks for reading and have happy and safe biking.

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