I'm happy to sort another jersey for next year, but 'we' need a bit more of a definite date, and we need it fixed earlier in the year to be able to do this. That gives me time to get orders, arrange design and get them done, shipped, collected etc
The last run of shirts had to paid for up front and there was a minimum order that was more than the number of shirts ordered by the tribe, so I had to take a flyer. I took a bit of a hit because I didn't sell two and have given those away during the recent US tribemeet .. not to worry.
I am also, interestingly, owed for one shirt (STILL). 'Payment' should be on the way and, if not, you will all find out who he is.
Sorry to hear that Fred, I'd be up for another shirt if your doing them again. 25th anniversary perhaps??
Big thanks to Mike for the guided tour. I love to walk down hills with my bike, it makes me more determined to learn to ride better. If Olly had been slower I could have watched and picked up some tips. Sorry I had to bail early too .. and the head is fine, thanks for asking.
I have a enjoyed the couple of meets I have attended and certainly think we should keep it going. I also think we should consider a location for next year nice and early so we can get a few more people there, have a bigger and better social, plus have the chance to put together a jersey or a tee shirt too.
Andrew & I chatted about this over a diet coke by the camp fire.
Starter for ten then .. Trail Centre at weekend = busy and people try and steal our bikes. So should we consider Cannock Chase ? We must have some locals who can guide us off the beaten track, or you can spank the dog and the monkey if you prefer. Central and 'easy' to get to.
Or, let's go remote and try Rhayader / Elan Valley. I have local contacts there and may be able to magic up a weekend of fun.
Thirdly, Dalby - plenty of room to get lost there, good long / hard trails and the NY Moors on hand for the XC riders.
My personal preference would be Scotland, but I am not sure that's realistic. None of these suggestions are close to where I live in Sussex, but all could be good and offer a little bit for everyone. Middle England would give a lot more people the chance to attend surely ?
We should also consider the format too. I would have thought that a Friday evening arrival would be better (even if it is late), with a big Ride Saturday and then an equally big feast & social. An optional smaller tour on Sunday would allow people to ride and be on the road by early afternoon ?
There's also a limit to what people can sort out on our behalf without committment. If we commit early, we can make the event a bit better.
I agree with Fred. At the meet someone suggested , somewhere in the South (i.e.Surrey) which might equate to a bigger turnout. I agree I think somewhere South might be the order of the day. Cool pics Fred, they have encouraged me to train harder, lose some weight and get rid of my piss pot lid.
Always a point of opinion is the tribe weekends........
Usually a date & venue is sorted well in advance, but this year with the Bike Radar thing, it was never going to give me much opportunity to sort things out.
A few of my thoughts,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
Usually I like the venues with way marked routes, this makes it easy, and people like Roden can turn up, ride with us till they have had enough, and chill out on the route to the end.
There is also none of the need for third party leader insurance (I am in a bike club, and this is a big deal), as people just follow the signs.
Cannock, I know Cannock pretty well & can take you on a good ride there. Easy to do 2 fun days at Cannock. There is a campsite, but its a few miles away from the main carpark and bike shop etc. There are not even toilets or showers in the Campsite.( if only we had a budget!)
Dalby, Brilliant but a long long way for a lot of people. Several good routes, last time I was there, the bike shop guys were saying we could use Kielder and use the bunk house they own. Not heard much good about Kielder with some badly build sections of trail.
When I first started the meets, it was good with the Demo bikes, people had not really much opportunity to go and demo a Yeti or check out the range. Now Yeti are stocked in all the best shops, with regular Demo events, so that aspect of the meet is taken care of elsewhere.
I am up for sorting a meet next year, The Theft thing is a bit worrying, but thats the same for all bikers at these venues now.