Blimey - bit firm there Purley! Personally speaking, the last couple have clashed with commitments which was just the way it goes. Defo in for this.
Sorry Al, I am becoming a curmudgeon (a bad-tempered or surly person), but sometimes one needs to read out the Riot Act.
The South East has "lost" a couple of ride stalwarts in the last year, viz. Marcus (Warped Boy) who has gone West and Godders who has moved/now working in the North.
The first urban ride had nearly 10 people anticipated, of course there will be last minute drop outs and not everyone can get the time off. But most of the recent rides have been just 2-3 people, counting myself as one of them on the last ride! and that was after a ride was re-scheduled due to a total lack of interest.
It might be that the majority of people don't like the sort of quirky rides that I dream up, or would rather polish their rides to perfection but never go anywhere on them, which is fine if that's your thing.
But it does get taxing to put in the organisation, especially when there have been favourable comments about suggested routes etc. to then have such a low turnout. Given the density of the population of the South East this area should be a vibrant and thriving group, but it seems to have died a death in the last year.
Oddly it was just the same in a car club I used to belong to, the North West could muster events every month and was effectively the heart of the club, but down in the smoke, just managing a couple of poorly attended meet ups a year was a major success.
I have really enjoyed all the rides, other people's feedback and ideas lets you see things in a way you might otherwise be oblivious to, I hope they can continue and evolve.