Planning and Leading Group Rides
Suggestions for Ride Leaders
- So why
lead a group ride?
Here are the actual words from a few of your fellow New England
Riders when they were asked that question -
planning a ride I keep thinking about how much folks will enjoy
- I like to
share great roads with friends
- I want to
give back to the group that accepted me so graciously and with
hopes of encouraging other NER'ds to do the same.
- By sharing
the responsibility of finding the roads, places to eat and all
else that goes along with putting together a ride, I feel that I
have helped more people get out to ride...
- Leading a
successful ride is rewarding and satisfying to me. It's a nice
of the ride anticipation seems greater when I'm going to lead
- But most
of all...IT'S FUN!
take a little more effort to plan and lead a group ride but the
rewards are great – and it is fun. After all, it’s all about
enjoying the ride and making friends along the way.
Planning – things to
think about when planning rides.
- Pick the
dates that work for your schedule. Don’t overly worry if there
is another ride planned for that weekend. There are always
riders who cannot go on one ride but can on another. Enjoying
the ride with fellow riders is what’s important – not the number
of riders attending.
- You are
the ride leader, you get to pick where you want to go.
Maybe the roads you know well
are good to start with. Or perhaps, explore new areas and then take
some friends so they can enjoy what you found.
There are rides that are just about the riding while there are other
rides that are destination rides and yet others that may include
stops for special events, museums, music, etc. Again, it’s your
ride. What would you enjoy? Chances are some other riders would
to pick a start meeting point with a gas station near by so all can
of ride – a few hours, a full day or overnight – the longer it
is the greater the planning needed.
- Number of
bikes & co-riders.
groups may limit your choice of food, fuel and comfort stops as not
all locations can accommodate larger groups.
heavy city traffic half dozen bikes is hard to keep together. On a
remote road in New England a dozen or more is easy.
the group gets too large it is best to split it into multiple groups
each departing several minutes apart. Some experienced ride leaders
suggest groups of only 6 bikes, but under the right conditions
others are comfortable with 12 or more. CB communications can help
to manage larger groups.
the number of bikes? For any number of reasons you may want to
limit the number of bikes on your ride - and that is OK. Maybe a
number that you feel comfortable leading or the number of riders
that a restaurant can accommodate, etc. It’s your ride.
your first ride as a ride leader you may only want a few bikes.
With experience you may be open to have more riders join you.