have to chime in on this, and please note i am not having a grumble at anyone.
being an AEC can look quite easy, and in real terms it is, every now and again we try and organise rides in our areas, but sometimes the turn out can be poor which is quite diss-heartning, when i have an IOW ride generally it's me, gus, makster and 1 or 2 non forum friends which is a shame, when we have had purbecks rides they have been attended by non forum members again (which is a good thing) but not too many forum members. down the west of our area they have haldon hill which is a good venue and gets a reasonable turn out but is a 2hour + drive for me but i go when i can if there is an event. but i can understand why those guys don't come to my rides as it is a long way.
it's all about making the effort yourself
the point i am making is it can be hard to get people out on their bikes aswel as organising a ride on a weekend when you (ie me or whichever AEC) are available to lead a ride. for example, i work shift work which means that only 5 sundays in 10 are available to organise a ride (that i can attend) and these preferably must not happen at the same time as national rides and hopefully other near area rides so there's a bit of calender checking way in advance!
the other issue both me and TGR have is that our areas are quite large but also relatively sparsely populated by members, and even less of those members can turn up or want to turn up for various reasons from being out on the piss the night before to having to look after kids to being worried about not being fit enough for the ride.
if you want a ride a doesn't have to be organised by an AEC, just post up a thread and say "hey guys i am riding here on sunday, anyone want to join me?" and before you know it you've got your ride and then also we end up with another new route to consider for future rides.
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