The most important thing to remember about this club and our rides is that we don’t want anyone to get left behind or feel intimidated by their lack of prowess. Ultimately, we ride together, we learn together, we improve together. That should be at the forefront of everyone’s mind but especially the ride leader. That being said, these are some guidelines that should be followed when hosting a group ride.
Know the skill level of your group and plan your route or trip accordingly.
When you schedule your rides, try to list the technical difficulty of the ride so that people know what they’re getting into. This will make #1 above a little easier.
Before the ride leaves, TAKE A HEAD COUNT! Use the meet and greet in the few minutes before the ride to put faces to names and stop periodically along the ride to ensure you still have everyone. Nothing sucks worse for a newcomer than to get lost and abandoned.
Take breaks as often as needed. Not everyone has the same stamina. These rides are not designed for you to beat your last PR. Keep this adage in mind: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
Have a good attitude. This doesn’t mean you have to be a cheerleader, but by no means should you antagonize someone for not being able to clean a section or obstacle.
Lastly…remember that the benefit of riding in a group is shared experience. Everyone on the ride has insight that could potentially be of great benefit to someone new to the sport.