May 1 is the date at which historically we have shifted the evening ride start time from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The rationale for this was pretty simple. As the daylight grew longer there was more leeway to let people get home from work and get ready to ride than there is in April or September. More people could ride.
This year, however, we are going to try an experiment.
Some of the weeknight riders wanted very strongly to keep the 6 p.m. ride start all year long. Other weeknight ride leaders wanted to shift to 6:30 this coming week and shift back after August is through. On the principle that our ride leaders know their riders and their rides, we have decided to let each one choose.
We don't have to have one size fits all. But we need to be consistent (for example, so new riders don't show up to an empty parking lot). And we need to communicate clearly. So, here is the new schedule:
6 p.m. ride start thoroughout the season will be:
- Wednesday night, Swormville/ Karen Alongi and Jason Deckert.
- Thursday night, Amherst Museum/ Karen Alongi and Jason Deckert.
- Thursday night Como Park, Lancaster/ Jennifer Adolf.
Switching to 6:30 p.m. ride start this week will be:
- Monday night Clarence Center/ Rebecca Ribis
- Monday night Hamlin Park, EA/ Jim Sawyer
- Tuesday night Pendleton/ Jim Karnath
- Tuesday night Hamburg/ Matt Luly
- Wednesday night Chestnut Ridge/ Bradshaw Hovey
- Friday night Elma Meadows/ Necole Zayatz.
This will all be reflected on the website schedule and your individual ride leaders will communicate with you directly by Facebook and e-mail.
The experiment part comes in when you talk to your ride leaders to discuss what works better for you. But we also want to think about what works better for the club as a whole, especially when we are trying to encourae younger riders (who might still have jobs) to join and participate in the club.
And let me, Bradshaw, know what you think any time you want.