We are fast approaching 2023, thus we will have training for existing Ride Leaders and Prospective Ride Leaders at a meeting on Saturday November 19 to prepare for the upcoming year.
With our weekly repeating rides, Sunday club rides, Charity Team Rides, Travel Team Rides, and Special Event Rides, the North Florida Bicycle Club holds about 1,000 rides and events per year. Every one of those rides requires one or more Ride Leaders to keep them fun and safe.
- If you want to be a Ride Leader in 2023 but you can’t make the meeting, please also contact NFBC VP Amy Kahn or NFBC President Jonathan Tomassetti (you can also contact us if you just have questions)
Who can be a Ride Leader?
With the training which you will receive at the meeting, almost anyone can become a Ride Leader. You don’t need to be an A-Level rider. In fact, we need more ride leaders for all levels: S, C, B & A.
Here are the basic requirements:
- Be a North Florida Bicycle Club member in good standing.
- Have done some North Florida Bicycle Club rides
- Feel comfortable enough with your bicycling skills that you can assist other people while riding.
- Know the local riding area or be fairly good at reading route maps and cue sheets.
- Be able to explain to a rider how to change a flat bicycle tire. (You don’t have to be the one that gets your hands dirty)
How much time does it take to be a Ride leader?
Some Ride Leaders commit to leading one or more weekly rides. Other Ride Leaders help out during our monthly Travel Team and Charity Team rides. Some help out from time to time on the Sunday Club rides. Other Ride Leaders are available as backup leaders in case a regular leader can’t ride. Finally, some Ride Leaders are available to be deputized on the day of a ride when we get more riders showing up than expected. In fact, we want to encourage more Deputy Ride Leaders next year to make our rides even safer.
Even if you decide not to be an active NFBC Ride Leader, please join us. The training will help you understand group riding better which will make you a safer rider.
Join the 8:30 Ride and Spend the day on Amelia Island
It may be a long drive up to Amelia for some of you so why not make a full day of it? Before the Ride leader training, you are welcome to join the 8:30 A, B, C & S Ride departing from Main Beach on Amelia Island. The rides will end before noon. You will have enough time before the training session to freshen up and get some lunch on Centre Street.
Parking Tips: Saturday parking on Centre Street starts to fill up by noon on Saturdays when the tourists start waking up. we suggest that you look for parking on the side streets and walk to lunch and the library. One option would be to park your car near Centre Street in the morning and ride over to Main Beach (about 1.5 miles).
Come Ride and Learn with Us!