Dear Ride On,
I would like to submit an article for Ride On magazine aimed at the recreational mountain biker that demystifies cross country racing and encourages them to get out and have a crack at a course.
The article would cover the discipline of Cross Country racing, the anticipated challenges; both the course and the competitors, personal stories from some regular XC racers, and highlight the rewards of friendly, organised club racing. Supplementary to the main article, side boxes will quickly show what to expect from a club XC race, what the new racer needs to be race ready (and safe!), and tips to help make their first race a happy one.
As an undertrained, overly-fearful and completely non-competitive person who’s been turning up to almost every XC race in Victoria since 1998, I feel I’d be well suited to try and introduce Ride On readers to the addictive challenges presented by XC mountain bike racing.
I anticipate the article being a two page spread and can supply accompanying images.
I look forward to your reply,
Fat Tyre Flyers XC committee member
And a few weeks later, the reply......
Thanks for the pitch. Sounds like an interesting story, though it has an evangelical tone to it - like it's attempting to convert people to XC competion, that is.
Our research shows most of our readers aren't into mountain biking and they are into recreational riding not competitve riding. Boring perhaps, but we love 'em anyway.
Good luck landing the article somewhere else. I presume you've approached MTBiking mags?
Hmmm... I know the forum isn't necessarily reflective of BV's membership, but I thought everyone was getting into the idea of club riding and competition.
Honestly, should I bother pursuing this? Would you be interested in the article, or see it as having a place in Ride On? I don't see any point in trying to submit it to an mtb magazine as they're already full of that sort of thing and are mostly aimed at more than entry level anyway.