Some ride leaders love thinking in maps, paths and routes. Sometimes this is to plan ride to new locations, new combinations of known routes or to enjoy events or activities where cycling is the most convenient way to access.
With all that ride planning, the Bike North rides database just ticked over 500 different rides in the past month.
A selection of rides now go to places like Como and Woronora (Rides 484, 485) in the southern suburbs, and few new one are using the improved connections of bike paths in the Hills and Norwest areas (Rides 487, 499, 507). Some of the new ones may be variations using key routes like Cooks River Cycleway – but different distance levels may interest different riders eg one way routes eg Redfern Runner (Ride 479) 31km or Moore Park Central 43km both return by train. Mascot Out and Back (Ride 505) at 56km or a long term ride Botany Bay Bacon (Ride 18) at 63km.
A new series of history focused rides are being added to the Rides Database and run by Paul who has been doing these for many years through CAMWEST (who are not having a rides program during covid). These are community oriented rides that have pre-registered spots for Bike North members through the Bike North calendar and community people interested in local history are often referred by local tourist bureau or historical societies to Parramatta Herriage Rides. We admire Pauls skills in remembering routes as well as his history commentary (he uses a micro amplifier).
Some focus on the coffee shop – Meadowbank Millennial Markers (Ride 27) recently bought out of mothballs because it goes near a coffee shop discovery of a Bike North ride leader.
Bike North has a has a process Ride Leaders use for proposing new routes , or new tours – a rides description document template together with a Ride with GPS map (or a mudmap & manual cue sheet for those who are old school).