President’s Message – May 2018
At the February General Meeting this year I advised members in attendance that the committee & I would be focussing this year on offering members a greater variety of events for their participation and enjoyment. I mentioned a proposed change to the mid-week ride format.
The committee have decided to start a fresh approach with the mid-week ride structure which will hopefully enable members to have greater access to mid-week ride departure points without the necessity of having to ride vast distances in peak hour traffic to attend a mid-week ride that may start a considerable distance from their place of residence.
It has also been decided that all Club rides (mid-week and monthly Sunday rides) will have a common start time – 8.30 am for a 9.00 departure. Hopefully this will overcome any confusion that may have been experienced during the recent trial for some rides to start at a later time.
The number of mid-week rides will be increased to two per month.
Mid-week rides will be split into two regions, South of the Yarra and North of the Yarra.
Eddie Sleightholme will be the Southern region coordinator; Keith McCracken & Wally Walsh will co-coordinate the Northern region.
Southern region mid-week rides will be held on the first Tuesday of each month.
Northern region mid-week rides will be held on the third Tuesday of each month.
This effectively doubles the number of mid-week rides available to members, obviously if you are keen and peak hour traffic riding doesn’t faze you, then you have the opportunity to attend two mid-week rides each month.
Doubling the number of rides will necessitate more planning and ride coordinators are not expected to plan and lead every ride themselves. Members will be encouraged to step forward to plan and lead a ride in their region. If you haven’t run a Club ride before and feel overwhelmed by the prospect, support is available from the ride coordinators and committee members. The pre-ride briefing can be undertaken by a committee member or ride coordinator if you feel uncomfortable about handling this function.
Please give some thought to offering to run a future mid-week or monthly Sunday ride.
Share with other Club members your favourite ride, take a more active role in your Club, guaranteed you will enjoy it.
Watch the Club calendar for implementation of the new mid-week ride format. July will be the first month featuring two mid-week rides.
Before winter sets in, get that classic out and come and join us on a Club ride.