1. Re faster rides.
I ALWAYS sold this ride as varying in pace/terrain from time to time. I've got about 70+ riders signed up on the email list so far and some of those are looking for something faster than beginner rides, and I fully intend to mix it up with a faster ride now and then. This also gives those stronger new riders something to attempt. People are happy with this.
This coming Saturday will be faster, but NOT A SMASH FEST
! Just a little longer, a few extra hills and we will maintain a slightly higher overall speed. It will be too much for some of the newer riders but perfect for some riders who haven't shown up yet and the stronger riders who HAVE come along. There will be plenty more beginner pace rides to come, don't worry.
2. Re blowing up/safety.
Yes this was a issue. I did notice squeazasis was on her limit as per her breathing as we rode towards Charmain Rd and I did advise her to get off the front a few times, but I'm here to advise/help, not baby sit. If someone wants to do something, its their call ultimately. I know she was trying to push her limits but she made a mistake (we all make them and that is ok).
Now I didn't see the slowing down issue so I can't comment on specifics but basically, if you have blown up and have nothing left, do something about it before you find yourself in the middle of a bunch and your legs stop turning! You must feel it coming on, it doesn't just sneak up on you. So KNOW your body and RIDE WITHIN YOUR LIMITS
. If that means you need to go at a slower pace, that's ok, it is a beginner ride and we will all back off a bit if need be.
Lastly- BE PREDICTABLE!
I can not stress this enough.
It's the golden rule of bunch riding that will make you a safer rider.
No sudden movements. No braking hard. No sudden sideways movements. No weaving in and out of parked cars. Just smoooooooth and safe!
3. Re... er.... umm... ME!
Please understand that I do not get paid to run these rides, nor am I on the clock at my place of employment during the ride.
I'm doing this for fun and as such, I don't want to get bogged down on what I should or shouldn't do with the ride.
I'm happy to take on suggestions but remember, this is a labour of love. Lets keep it that way and we can all have a fun time.
As I say in the details of the ride in the weekly email- I'm going on a ride anyway, this email is just an invitation to join me.
So, do you like... STUFF?