There are many things that I would love to do with cycling, as it relates to recreational riders…which is the vast majority of cyclists. But, I haven’t won the lottery yet, so I am limited with the amount of time I can devote and still feed my family. That said, one of the biggest items is starting a Winter Bike League for all those who do not race and who may not be a paying club member. Only a couple of cycling clubs have their own WBL of sorts but there is still not one that is open to ALL recreational cyclists. Obviously, now is the time to dial in this sort of idea but it would only happen with tremendous support from all sides.
First off, let me explain what a WBL is….and isn’t. If you are familiar with the incredibly successful WinterBikeLeague in the Athens area, those riders start out at 20mph avg and it just goes up from there. As far as mileage, 60+ miles is a typical beginning point and grows upwards into 3-digit rides. The one I would want to create would not have this as a starting point. The focus would be a very organized double pace lines (at all times) and riding as a group. If you want speed or show off how fast you can ride, then this is NOT for you; there are many options you can show off at.
Second, my thought is to keep the same starting point for all WBL rides. This eliminates me from having to create new routes for all over the metro Atlanta and then scurry to find Ride Leaders for all those different areas. Maybe for the 1st season, we would limit to once-a-month ride and then expanding more in future seasons.
Third, I would want to have a SAG vehicle follow us at all times. This would involve paying someone for their time and gas to provide this service. Having them carry extra bottles, taking your winter gear off (if you get too warm) or stopping so that you could put more clothing on, as I can tell you, would be priceless. You would feel like the pros do.
Forth, I would want to allow different bike shops around the city to be involved. To have any successful cycling event, you just about can’t pull that off without some involvement from your local bike shops. Any time we can support them, that is a good thing.
Lastly, my thought is there would have to be some sort of fee to be charged. This would predominately go towards SAG vehicle costs and any printing, etc.
OK, now that I have had the chance to share my perspective, it’s your turn to sound off. Since you would be the ones attending, I want to hear from you. Is this something you would like to be apart of? Would you be willing to pay a small fee to be a part of something like this? How much is your limit? How far are you willing to drive to get to a starting point for a ride?
These are some of the questions I would love for you to answer. This event would be for you so trying to create something without having your input would be like trying to shove something down your throat that you didn’t want. In other words, PLEASE send me your comments, suggestions, etc. That said, this world has enough negative so please keep all your comments positive and send only those that you think would really make a difference.
Obviously, time is of the essence so I am looking to read a LOT of comments from YOU. Just click on the ‘Leave a Comment’ at the very top of this Blog entry.
Let’s see where this leads. THANKS!!!!