Guthrie Straw from The Sprocket Podcast joins the show to help out on the third installment of the beginner series. Steve is riding with a group on his upcoming charity ride – what are the things to think about in terms of group dynamics on bicycle tour? We cover camping, riding together, differing skill levels, eating, emergency safety nets and more.
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Beginner Series: Group Dynamics on Bike Tour
With just a couple people on a tour I’m guessing the “rules of engagement” can be generally worked out along the way. With a larger group (currently 8), do you need to have a set of rules/guidelines defined beforehand?
Our group will have a wide range of athletic prowess. How do you balance things out so people on the extremes aren’t a) left in the dust, or b) super bored/annoyed? What if someone feels like they can’t go on and have to drop out?
Who rides first? Do you rotate randomly? Have a schedule of some sort? Does it matter?
How spread out should you be during the day?
Any specific concerns when riding in a group with no SAG support?
Planning meals & sleeping arrangements for a group?
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