There is going to be a sea change in ride leaders for the Tuesday and Thursday COP rides out of Canal Winchester and New Albany. Jeff S, after a run of several years, is stepping down as the Thursday ride leader but it appears a replacement has been found. However, Engineer Mitch, is checking out of the Tuesday ride leader post. As Mitch's loyal assistant, I subbed for him every other week but I can't commit to every Tuesday so a couple of others have to step up and help.
Being a ride leader is not very rewarding, it's true. Grand Poobah complains about the route not taking advantage of the prevailing winds, Steve O complains about not enough climbing....hey I think I just came up with the two who should also be ride leaders! There exists a map database so all a ride leader has to do is decide how far the route should be based on available daylight, pick the map that contains the desired distance and route, make appropriate copies, arrive at the parking lot around 30 minutes prior to the ride start, sign people in, send out the A, B & C group or just the A group and someone else sends out the other groups. Within a few days, place the sign-in sheets in an envelope and mail it to COP and that's it. Simple.
You may think we have plenty of time to seek volunteers but with the COP Newsletter printing deadline, we need to decide this in the next couple of weeks. If I don't get at least 2 (3 would be ideal) to join the ride leader fun, there won't be an official COP ride out of Canal. Sure, we can continue to just show up and ride but I suspect participation would fade. Either shoot me an email or put up a comment to express your eagerness to become a ride leader for Tuesday.