Just wondered if anyone else had if numbers in their cycle clubs or groups seem a bit stagnant lately?
I've been chatting to a few other people who run cycle clubs and we've all noticed that we don't seem to have many new people joining this year, unlike in previous years.
Not sure whether its due to things like anti-cycling press, the increase in popularity of Zwift, high barriers to entry (e.g. cost of a bike, plus clothing being about £300 for the bike, plus about £150 for helmet, clothes, shoes), the rise of alternatives like cross-fit, or gyms, which might only cost £20 a month, or things like Park Run, which are free.
My Cycle Group is completely free, and very well organised, but this year is the first year we've had only 1 or 2 new people join.
What do others think? Have you noticed numbers not particularly increasing as fast as previous years?