Si, this isn’t a pop at you, so don't take it as a personal attack.
No worries and likewise
Look how many riders you got at Gisburn, perhaps that National event route didn't appeal to people, bad timing, too long, crap route?? Who knows?.
Gisburn was not our event, it was a NWA organised event.
Cut Gate is one of the UK classics, offered some brilliant natural trails and descents and was chosen for its central location to attract more members from around the area- If I knew only two members would turn up I would have run the event in Morpeth Park and had a lay in. Timing should not have been an issue, it was listed on the calendar 4 months ago and was planned on a Bank holiday weekend so that those with families could still get two days at home to please spouses but also get a little 'me' time for themselves.
This problem goes beyond the last ride though, the rides over the last 6-7 months have been poorly supported no matter where they were held.
Personally, once my kids are more independent, I'll be able to get out on some of these rides. Otherwise, I get way to much grief leaving the wife with two screaming kids..
I have 2 young kids and a dragon of a wife, the hassle I get is too much sometimes but I have taken on this responsibility and have to get on with it.
To be fair you do seem to get to ride on sundays most weeks- would a change to sunday meets make things easier?
Remember, I'm just here to channel what members want- I'm here to work for you guys, say what you want and I will make it happen for you guys, if no one suggests venues or dates I just presume all are happy to just go along with it. This is your area group, make of it what you wish.
Or could it be a case of I can't be bothered
rather than I can't make it?
. Answers on a postcard!
Also riding old bikes isn’t for me.
Thats why on our regular monthly's we say bring what you like, most of us rode modern in the lakes- we ask that on the main nationals you try and ride retro (to save Mark and Mr K breaking our balls) but its the RetroBike attitude we are more interested in rather than the machine. Its all about the people that come along and join in after all. I sometimes find riding Retro a chore on certain routes and i bet i am not alone, but we get on with it and keep smiling.
Looking around at other groups and seeing the turnouts they get i can't help but think we are missing out here.
We are blessed with the best terrain and riding spots in the UK here in the North and so much effort goes into getting a just a few people out, that I feel rather sad that folk do not make the effort and make the most of what we are offering.