PRiDE OUT - Ride Captain Interest Form
THANK YOU FOR SHOWING INTEREST IN HOSTING RIDES WITH PRiDE OUT AS A PRiDE CAPTAIN. WE ARE GRATEFUL IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR TIME.
PRiDE OUT was formed in the North West of England in May 2019 as a friendly cycling group which is diverse, inclusive and open to everyone. We especially want to make it a welcoming place for new/less experienced cyclists, plus we want to offer support and encouragement to those who need it.
Between June 2019 and March 2020 we hosted many bike rides in Manchester and we became a community cycle group with CyclingUK in May 2020. During the lockdown it became clear there was a demand for an inclusive LGBTQ+ cycling across the whole UK, so we decided to set up 10 regional Facebook groups which have quickly accumulated an audience of 2200 people (as of August 2020). Our total social media following is approximately 4000 people and growing rapidly.
Over the coming days, weeks and months we are looking to find friendly, enthusiastic and reliable volunteers who can help us deliver enjoyable and welcoming bike rides to people of all abilities, identities and backgrounds and across all regions of the UK. Support and training will be offered if required, but we are looking for people who are experienced cyclists; You don't need to be an Olympic athlete - 'experienced cyclist' could be from you having done lots of 5-mile leisure rides or 50 miles in the hills. The distance you prefer to cycle doesn't matter too much, we simply need to know you're reasonably confident being on a bike and able to guide others in whatever is your ability range and comfort zone.
Being a ride captain will require you to plan a route in advance and complete a risk assessment, navigate on an event without (too many) wrong turns or losing people and being able to give clear instructions to a large group. You will also need to have the people skills to solve issues, engage with new members and make everyone feel welcome, especially new people to the group who may be nervous. We will offer training and support where required, so if you are 'switched on' and personable, but maybe lack some skills which can be learnt ... don't worry; we'd still love to hear from you!
Finally, it's an exciting time for PRiDE OUT, and with your help, we can make the group even better for the future.
If you have any queries, you can email:
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Please confirm you have read and understood the introductory section above:
What is your full name (forename and surname)?
What's your mobile telephone number?
What is your approximate location?
What are your preferred pronouns (i.e.) he/him, she/her, they/them?
If you don't mind us asking, what is your gender identity? (For equal opportunities use only)
If you don't mind us asking, what is your sexuality? (For equal opportunities use only)
If you don't mind us asking, what is your ethnicity? (For equal opportunities use only)
What is your motivation to be part of an LGBT cycle group like PRiDE OUT? What do you personally want to get out of being in the group?
What type of bike(s) do you own?
Have you led bike rides before (not essential)? Please give details if so.
To help us better understand your suitability as a 'PRiDE CAPTAIN', please describe your experience and journey into cycling.
What length and type of bike rides could you envisage hosting with PRiDE OUT? (Training and support will be offered if required). Please tick all options that apply.
Any rider, any bike leisure rides e.g. 5-20 miles
Slightly longer rides for hybrid and road bikes e.g. 20-30 miles
Road cycling rides e.g. 30 - 60 miles +
Technical mountain bike rides (a qualification may be required for insurance purposes)
Please tell us how you currently create and navigate routes. What software do you use to create routes, if any? How do you navigate routes without getting (too) lost e.g. from memory, paper maps, phone or GPS device?
Finally ... What do you think PRiDE OUT's long term mission should be for LGBTQ+ community of the UK. What would success look like and mean to you?
A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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