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Bicycle Club Consultant wanted
 EricofAZ member offline
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posted 8/14/2014
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I am the VP of the largest bicycle club in Arizona and we want to grow.

This week the board voted to allow me to explore the possibilities of hiring a consultant to help us grow. We are in one of the top bicycle friendly communities in the US. Cycling is the second biggest money maker for this area (next to our Gem and Mineral Show) and we have a population over a million.

Our club has not kept up with the population or the increase in general ridership in the area, yet we have a lot to offer.

Looking for someone that can come and check us out and consult. We have some funds for that. Enough for a good professional.

Tucson, Pima County, Arizona. The only Regional Gold BFC in the United States.

If you know of someone or think you are the "one" then either respond here or send me a private message. I will follow up and report to the next board meeting.

Go check us out. www.bikegaba.org

We have a small core group that works their fanny off and probably is a bit over-extended.

Thank you very much.

Eric

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posted 8/14/2014
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Good luck with that Eric. What my club is seeing is that the younger folks just aren't joiners. My club's dues are less than the costs of mailing the newsletters, and has a ride incentive program that rewards members for doing club rides, the value of which exceeds the membership dues by several times. Still, we get very few young people joining.

I've proposed dropping the dues all the way to zero if the member forgoes the mailed newsletter (it's online, too.) The club would actually come out ahead. But I bet even free membership wouldn't bring them in.

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posted 8/14/2014
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Get in touch with the President of DORBA.org....local MTB club with over 1000 local, paying members (myself included), and over 5000 memebrs in the Facebook group, which is ridiculously active. Her name is Della Bird. She is not a consultant, but may be able to give you some good feedback. Mention my name, either Kevin Hill or DallasBikr

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posted 8/14/2014
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You don't need a "Consultant" as much as you need an exceptional "Sales Person".

Just make their income contingent on results.

 EricofAZ member offline
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Blazing, are you not in Tucson any more?

Dallas, thanks, we have about 1100 members. Our day rides are good but our meeting program needs help. The core group likes to hear about folks who ride cross country. Stuff they will never do, but dream of. If I introduce things that younger folks might like such as nutritionist or technology talks, the core group disappears and the younger folks don't show up.

Grateful, yes, I can see that, but we are not getting our meeting speakers quite right and I need some help with that.

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posted 8/15/2014
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I think there is a group in the Chicago area that has an outreach program that brings young riders in and helps them develop their skills that was highlighted in the USA Cycling newsletter. I think it's base in a racing format although they do take in entry level riders and help them become better riders and some go on to race.

www.usacycling.org/the-inclusiveness-of-chicagos-xxx-racing-opens-it-to-big-wins.htm

If you contact them they may be able to help with the growth of your club as well as provide the consulting you are looking for.
post edited on 8/15/2014 at 6:12:38 PM

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posted 8/16/2014
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How many come to your meetings of the 1100? How often do you meet?
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