Charles River Wheelers

Ride Leaders Corner - May

2024-04-30 5:55 PM | Barbara Jacobs (Administrator)

2024 Ride Leader Kick-Off

On Sunday, April 24th a group of approximately 20 Ride leader got together at the Craft Food Hall in Waltham. This Ride Leader event was was run by VP of Rides John O’Dowd and board member Megan Scully. 

The food hall was a departure from the typical Lexington Depot and was well received. A tasty assortment of freshly baked pretzels, pizza, and a fresh salad was served. A wide assortment of beers and wine, as well as soft drinks were available too. John and Megan appreciated not having to deal with set up or clean up! Plus all John had to do was plug his laptop into their HDMI cable and Boom! Instant Presentation!

Megan was a big help handing out ride leader gifts to those who did not get theirs over the past two years. Plus she helped people get their drink bracelets and name tags.

BTW, if you led rides over the past two years and have not received your ride leader gifts for 2022 or 2023, contact John at John.O’

John gave a presentation which included goals for the new year, results of the ride leader survey, an overview of the new Neighborhood Rides program, and also some tips on how to post a ride on the club calendar.

Erik D'entremont and Mark Nardone gave a presentation on the centuries planned for the year, but focused on the upcoming North to New Hampshire later this month.

Larry Finnison gave a presentation on his Kittie Knox event coming up on June 9th .

At the end of the presentation ride leaders shared rides they are excited to run this season with each other. There was talk about collaborating on various rides, and proposals for new rides were made.

All in all, it was a fun, productive event, and got leaders excited for the coming season.


Upcoming Event - 'How to Post a Ride to the Calendar' Training Session, Wednesday, May 15th

CRW ride leaders! Have you had trouble posting rides on the club calendar?

We are offering an IN-PERSON LIVE training session! You will learn how to post a ride in real-time with live instructors who will walk you through the process and answer your questions.

When: 7:00 pm, Wednesday, May 15th

Where: Lexington Community Center, Room 242, 39 Marrett Rd, Lexington, MA 

This is a free event but it is limited to 20 people, so sign up soon!

Please bring your WIFI-enabled laptop or other device from which you can access the CRW website. Also, it is recommended that you bring a “practice ride” that you can create a posting for.

Come to our class and become a ride posting expert!


New Registration Categories

CRW has implemented two new Registration Categories.  When registering for your ride you will be asked to categorize yourself using:

A - CRW Member Ride Leader - Choose this option only if you are on the Ride Leader List and are accountable for this ride. Only 1 person can be in this category.

B - CRW Member Ride Co-Leader - Choose this option only if you are on the Ride Leader List and are co-leading this ride.

So why are we doing this? We want to make sure we are celebrating our Ride Leaders for taking your time to lead rides. Every fall we have a Ride Leader Thank You party - this is the time we give our leaders a thank you gift for all they do. 

What is the difference between Leader and Co-Leader.  Not much, but the Leader usually is responsible for coordinating the ride or ride series, sets up the ride posting on the calendar, and other administrative details. The Co-Leader also helps with the event, providing support and details on the day of the event.

As you set up your ride on the Ride Calendar, please use the new "Ride Template ** DO NOT DELETE ** (20240327)". This way the new Registration Categories will be in your posting. If you have already set up rides......

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