Monday, September 06, 2004

Group Dynamics?

Why are open-to-all A-paced rides like Saturday Conte’s ride so popular and long-standing when they are made up of such strong personalities and rivalries?

5 comments:

bc said...

Exactly the reason they are made up of all those personalities is the attraction - it's the competive nature of the event that draws those personalities.

Fast Old Guy said...

As Sleepwalker said, it is because the ride is made up of such strong personalities that it has staying power. There is no other place on the Southside where someone that is becoming a strong bike rider can go and find the caliber of competition that exists on that ride. Other other factor is that you don't have to be a strong rider, racer, or a wannabe racer to do the ride. Because of the regroups and wide range of abilities anyone can feel comfortable on that ride.

alltoowell said...

Misery loves company ?

sbike said...

For the most part A-riders simply ride more than other-paced riders and therefore need a good group to ride with on a regular basis. Riders need other riders to stir their interest in cycling. Those riders in the long-standing A-paced rided around the area ride more than once a week so that it is easy for them to plan on incorporating an organized ride into their ride-schedule. Many riders will even do a Saturday ride from one shop, a Sunday ride at another, and one or two weekday rides at a third or fourth shop. I'm glad we have all of these rided in the area otherwise it would be hard to retain my enthusiasm for cycling.

fjs said...

The Saturday A ride is the highlight of our weekly training for my son and me. It's the challenge and competitive spirit that makes it fun. Definitely our hardest ride of the week.

Nick loves riding w/ the group and learning about how to race. I just try to keep the group in sight and stay a bit closer every week. Goal for next year...stay w/ the group for the whole ride.