Getting To Know Your Committee

Who are you?

Rick Vernon

What is your cycling experience?

I've done stunt BMX riding in my younger days, I enjoy mountain biking, redway riding but my passion lies in the road bike scene where you will see mostly riding in the A Category.

Why did you start cycling?

I've always cycled since I was young but nowadays I love the community spirit, great friendships and keeping fit to go further and faster.

What role do you play on the BCG committee?

I co-founded BCG alongside Gary Stimson and currently sit as Vice Chairman on the committee.

What have you achieved since joining the committee and what else do you want to do?

"In the beginning BCG was run by just Gary and I. It was soon apparent that the speed of growth of BCG meant that we needed more great volunteers to form the committee so we could share the workload and achieve more.

I'm extremely proud of all the volunteers (committee, ride managers, ride leaders) who make this a success. Listening to what are riders want and adapting to the fast growing needs of riders has been key.

Every year we try new things and was extremely proud of our first ever sportive this year.

My vision for the future is to continue to build our Group further and continue to take inspiration from our riders success and achievement stories."

Any other information that BCG members may want to know?

"As the Group grows it brings new challenges and we are continually adapting to change to keep improving. This year we've focused on safe riding and ride leader training.

E.G. You will have noticed that we have been asking you to ride in pairs etc. Changes such as this often come up with some resistance initially but we simply ask you to be open to change and help play your part in making things better.

If you have any issues or are looking for something different please chat to your ride leader in the first instance who may be able to adapt the next ride to suit."

Do you have a claim to fame?

My Uncle was the drummer for Squeeze and now plays with Jools Holland Rhythm & Blues Band and I have been in a double bed dressed in a banana suit with Anna Ryder Richardson

What is the most interesting fact you can share with BCG members?

According to Strava the most popular bike commuting day around the world is Tuesday.

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