Starting a Cycling Club
The more the merrier, right? Riding on your own is amazing, but having a crew to share your interest with, can be even more rewarding. If you live in a big city, chances are you can find at least a couple of cycling clubs to join, if not, it might be up to you to create one. But, how exactly do you get started? It’s not as hard as you think.
Find Your Peeps
The key part of a successful cycling club is finding the right members, aka. The members that actually want to be there and will show up to the activities. Like-minded friends should be at the top of this list but sooner or later you will have to go beyond your immediate social circles. Which begs the question: how do you get the attention of strangers?
Depending on where you live it can be as easy as joining a website and creating a group, making a Facebook group, or just printing some flyers and asking to hang them on bike shops or coffee shops. You need to put yourself out there so that people that might be interested can find you. Keeping things in the digital realm will make it relatively easy and pain-free, but don’t be scared to take things offline as well.
Keep It Simple
Don’t overdo it when you’re first starting out. Your first activity as a cycling club should be an easy trial and maybe coffee afterwards. At least until you get an idea of everyone’s physical abilities and become comfortable riding with each other.
If you’re absolutely set on making it more challenging, make it a point to have two kinds of activities. One for those that are just starting out and another one for those who are ready to take it to the next level. It’s a bit more work, but it will allow you to keep any new members that might feel too intimidated to go on a more challenging ride, and you’ll still keep more experienced riders interested.
Get Others Pumped
Why should people feel excited to run with you? Are you good at keeping people motivated throughout the run? Are you tight-knit group and genuinely support each other? Will you challenge participants like no other cycling group?
Think about what will set you apart not only from other cycling clubs but also from riding solo. Make it worth the while either with your attitude, interesting competitions, or cool shirts. Be as creative as you can. Think of the kind of people you want in your club and then figure out what kind of environment would get them to hang around.
Remember that people join clubs to find others with similar interests, so encourage a sense of camaraderie and trust. Even if your main activity is riding your bikes, every now and then you could switch it up and meet for brunch or a movie. Building a successful bike club is as much about riding as it is about making people comfortable and providing a fun environment.