Comment by GUEST on 2012-05-03 14:25:56
1. As someone who's backed off competitive racing, I'd also favour more recreational events.
2. Beginners group rides are a must if we're to attract new members and improve riding skills.
3. I'm guilty of racing in a low handicap group (because I was unfit) and pushing the pace - mea culpa! It might be best if people like me stick with a certain group and drop off early if we can't handle the full 10 laps.
4. Just for fun(!) - team tag-racing up/down Kaitawa Road over the swing-bridge at Otaki Gorge.
Comment by GUEST on 2012-04-22 09:52:26
When I first started racing I can remember Greg Cundy and Dave Downer helping the Limit group with their riding. Showing them how to rotate and work together as a group. It would be really good to help these people develop so that they stay.
I'm with Ross on the tandems. They should be included. If you don't want us to score points just tell us. I would be more than happy just to race to my ability and have a good time,
Comment by GUEST on 2012-04-21 10:07:15
More winter races - have a lower grade than you did last year for the winter races.
But most importantly - handicap properly in the summer series - too many riders were riding in handicap groups that were below their ability forcing riders that were just making that group to fall off early - while we want to extend ourselves its absolutely no fun if the group leaves you behind in the first lap - make riders race in a group suitable for their actual ability.
Comment by GUEST on 2012-04-20 18:28:00
Organised club activities are almost exclusively race oriented. Recreational rides appear to be popular (e.g. 60/40 group).
In order to attract a greater number of people to the club, broaden activities to include more recreational activities. Newcomers can find racing (at any level) too daunting. An active recreational program will attract other riders, some of whom may well move on to racing after a few rides.
So an active recreational program would be good for all.
Comment by GUEST on 2012-04-19 19:47:51
1 allow the tandems to race in winter and summer series without conditions as has been the case this year ! we have had up to 5 tandems racing on a tuesday night in the past covering all abilities with fun had by all .
2Being able to turn up and race without having to be a member and and not to tell them if they dont pay next week they cant race ! this is a perfect way to get members , I think not !
3 cater for all abilities and dont make road blocks make bridges and be more flexable with a "nothings too hard attitude"
Comment by GUEST on 2012-04-18 21:46:25
Paekakariki Hill Rd Hill climb. If its too difficult to organize safely from the Paekakariki side it's still a good ride from Battle Hill or even Pauatahanui.
Comment by GUEST on 2012-04-18 16:34:39
Comment by matto on 2012-04-18 16:37:01
I'll kick things off with a couple of comments of my own.
1) We ran a very successful beginners group a couple of years back. I'd like to see another one run. (if someone is interested in doing so).
2) We also had the ride to erewhon, which was very popular. Another one of those would be fantastic.
3) I'd like to see a specific training group started mid winter for training for Taupo for the recreational riders. from my end I'm thinking on it being aimed at the 6hr riders mark as opposed to being for the serious racers.
4) I'd love to see if we can find a short course (block) to run a series of criterium races on. Perhaps this could form part of the summer program???
that's my ideas anyway.