SCBC Ride Leader Incentive Program

Approved by the SCBC Executive Board


Purpose The purpose of the Ride Leader Incentive Program is to recognize and reward club members for their on-going efforts to lead or sweep rides.

Exclusions This program specifically excludes other shorter-term efforts that are rewarded by attendance and recognition at the Volunteer Appreciation Party, specifically the Bloomin’ Metric. Further, it would be difficult to quantify the point value of various jobs related to these events.

Overview The Ride Leader Incentive Program offers points to reward people in accordance with their effort during the year. The more effort people make, the more points they receive. More than one person can receive leader points for a ride, but only when it is prearranged at the start to break into different groups. Only one person can receive points for sweeping because a ride only needs one sweep.

Sweeps are awarded the same number of points as ride leaders. The difficulty of sweeping is equal in weight to leading a ride. To receive sweep credit a ride must have at least four total riders signed in (including the leader and the sweep). Sweeps for ride levels C+ through E are awarded the same number of points as the ride leaders.

Ride leaders and sweeps must update their ride on the Ride Scheduling System after a ride and submit their sign-in sheets (for legal purposes) to the Incentives Chairperson or uploaded to the website by December 31 of that current ride year.

Ride Leader must attend or refresh Ride Leader training session every other year. First year face to face. Every other year they can attend or view the SCBC Ride Leader session’ power point slides.

Point System Basic Points Ride Leader 2 points Sweep 2 points Cancellations (due to inclement weather) 2 points (ride needs to be officially cancelled)

Point Values Points Value Points Value Points Value

4–9 $10.00                    25–29 $50.00                 45–49 $90.00

10–14 $20.00                 30–34 $60.00                 50–54 $100.00

15–19 $30.00                 35–39 $70.00                55–59 $110.00

20–24 $40.00                 40–44 $80.00                 60 and up $120.00 (maximum award per year)


Uses for Voucher Vouchers (which are as good as cash) may be redeemed at one of the bike shops or merchants printed on the voucher.

Security of Vouchers In order to ensure the security of vouchers, the club has taken the following steps:

  1. Vouchers are signed by the club Treasurer and President.
  2. All vouchers are printed on specially-colored paper that is difficult to photocopy.
  3. The vouchers will be numbered.
  4. Vouchers expire on December 31 of the year in which they are issued.

 Ride Leader Special Incentive Reward Plan

SCBC Board has established a Special Ride Leader Incentive Reward. This special rewardis for ride leaders who make an above average contribution to the club and is in addition to the incentives that are made available to all ride leaders listed above. The criteria gives more flexibility to ride leaders to qualify for this special reward, which can come in the form of a jersey, vest or some type of reward specifically meant for a ride leader.

Ride Leader must attend or refresh Ride Leader training session every other year. First year face to face. Every other year they can attend or view the SCBC Ride Leader session’ power point slides.

Ride Leaders need to achieve a minimum of 15 Special Ride Leader Incentive Points.

Special Ride Leader Incentive Points can be earned by any of the following:

  • Leading a ride which is entirely out-of-Fairfield county: 3 points
  • Coach a clinic: 2 points
  • Lead a club picnic ride: 2 points;
  • Create a new route with a cue sheet: 2 points; Create a map to accompany a cue sheet: 2 points
  • Plan and lead a specialty ride 2 points
  • For new RL's and those who have not led for 2 years: 3 points for the 1st lead
  • Mentors get 3 extra points to lead ONE rides with Mentee (who also gets credit for leading)

Note: A new ride (with accompanying map and cue sheet) must be approved in advance of its running by the Rides Director. The Rides Director will review the route to determine that it is new and not simply a minor reworking of an existing one. Cyclists may create and lead new rides without the Rides Director’s approval; however, additional points will be awarded only if the Director approves the ride.

Incentive Reward Prizes can vary each year and will be determined by the SCBC Board.

SCBC Vouchers and Special Incentives Rewards are intended to be available at the Ride Leader Appreciation Dinner usually held in the month of March.

Revised 2014