I'm a new member here, so I'd like to introduce myself. I own Red Berry Espresso, I roast my own coffee specialising in single origins. I'm also a passionate cyclist. I have already met a few members over the past few weeks.
I'm creating this post to see how we can go about creating some group rides starting and finishing at Red Berry Espresso. I'm thinking of starting it off on the weekends and gradually adding more rides on weekdays early morning.
I was initially thinking of creating the routes for the group rides, however at the moment I'm so busy with the shop I haven't had the oportunity to set anything up. After more pondering I thought it may be just as simple as having a start time and getting the group to work out the rides, then eventually it would fall into place as regular routes. What do you think? I would love to hear your imput.
As background I open at 7am which should be good for most rides even if they start early and finish at 7am before people need to go to work. On the weekends I open at 7am and close around 1-2pm.
P.S. thanks for all your positive feedback on my coffee concept shop.
For those not in the know...Red Berry Espresso can be found just off Greenhill Rd at 1A L'Estrange St, Glenside.
Great spot to launch some attacks on Adelaide's best hill climbs. Fuel Up on Great Cofffee and then Gone!
Sounds like a great idea.
Hi Walter, good to see you here. I hope Eddy treated you well during the TDU.
I think the best thing to do is what you've done here and create an event on the Events Page for the first ride, give people some lead up time. Then you can copy the event over week to week. If things get bigger you can create a group as well like the Gawler Wheelers, Sthn Subs Road Cyclists or Holdfast Hill Billies.
The other thing I personally recommend to anyone wanting to create an event or regular group ride is clearly set out the expectations (outlined here) so potential riders know it's not (or is) going to be a smash-fest. Things like expected distance, route, ability (able to climb Tollgates to Bollards in 37 - 43 minutes) or average speed on the flat and what coffee will be the speciality of the day! Also some expectations like liability, possession of insurance, roadworth bike, maybe contact numbers for ICE etc. The Gawler Wheelers have a wealth of information on their group pages.
In the end you're going to go for a ride anyway so company is a bonus. Book it and they will come.
The Red Berry Riders perhaps??
Based on the Rules posted inside, the group would surely have to be called the "Eastern Suburbs Knitting Club", no?
+1 for great coffee and plenty of safe bike space.
big ups for the coffee.... great brews at red berry.... and a good meeting place to hit the hills from....
That's my side of town - weekdays would the go for me... !
I'm all in favour of a very early morning start, returning to Red Berry by 7am. I start work at 8am and need time to then commute and shower / get changed (after the critical caffeine boost post-ride of course). This is my side of town but my attendance would be dependent on the route, the time and (being honest) my mid-week discipline as the weather gets colder).
As has already been stated, build it and they will come! :-)
A spot to dump my commuting bag would be great too. save me heading back home before hitting the office. What are your opening hours?