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February 16 Ride Planning Meeting Notes

  • 03/02/2022 11:15 AM
    Message # 12635794
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This is a summary of the discussion of A/B/C Rides, reviewing 2021 events and ideas for 2022.

    General Comments:

    • Try to avoid traversing the same roads several times per week. 
      • Marty will try to set up Tuesday & Thursday to have the same number of routes to avoid accidental overlap
    • Out and back routes are boring
      • This can be addressed for routes like Mehaffeey Park by changing the return route, perhaps along 57th Street
      • Sometimes, like the Saturday C Route north on Buckhorn Road from Masonville when the A/B Route loops eastbound on Rist Canyon, this is intentional to provide motivation for riders to push themselves to go a little farther and build strength before turning back.
    • Some folks complain of not being noticed on their first ride with the club, when they are looking to meet people and make new friendships.
      • Suggestion to add FCCC Ambassadors who seek out new folks to help with orientation
      • Suggestion to create some way to designate meet-up areas for each pace group before the ride starts. We could use chalk to mark the parking lot or have ride leaders hold signs.
      • More emphasis on Ride Leader/Sweep responsibility to keep groups together

    Weeknight (Tuesday/Thursday) Evening Rides

    • Tuesdays will continue to meet at Grey Rock Sports Grill (formerly Ryan's). 
      • Western Boyd Lake route - eliminate figure 8, replace with 37th street west to Taft then North to Shields and Trilby
      • Mehaffey Park route - return E on 57th street to either bike path or LCR 13 and 30E around Donath Lake, returning on Lemay
    • Thursdays will meet at a different location each month to provide variety
      • Ben "Irish" Peart offered to contact several restaurants in the area that may be willing to host and possible offer discounts to club members
        • Jessup Farmhouse Restaurant or Barrelhouse
        • Timnath Brewery
        • Downton Loveland (4th Street) area. Parking near RR tracks, many restaurants in area
        • Windsor
    • Continue with Thursday Social Dinners, call for volunteers
      • Gary and Amy asked to host in August

    Weekend (Saturday) rides

    • Negligible difference in attendance when switching from Sunday to Saturday in 2021
    • Change meeting point to provide for after ride socializing
      • Discussed Zwei Brewery next to Pro Velo Cycling at Harmony and College Ave
    • Maybe start some rides in Loveland, to make Hygiene Mountain Fountain in range for C riders. A/B riders could continue to Boulder.
    • Add monthly social brunch rides, call for volunteers

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