As at today the website has received over 6,000 hits, over 100 applications to join the Forum, 184 "I'm interested" responses and 63 "My ideas" responses - and a lot of messages from cycle tourists welcoming the Touring Cyclist Club project.
Moving forward, we have:
Created the initial structure for the website content - that's regional touring and technical sections together with a download library.
We are asking, via a simple input form, for submissions of content to publish here on the website
Created matching sections on the Forum for ideas and discussion
Considered a low-cost membership format for the Touring Cyclist Club
Early days for this, we need to work on a "constitution" and rules ... but it will be as simple we can make it - one issue is the extent of content that is publicly available or for members only
Entered discussions with an insurance provider for a member policy, at low cost.
For legal reasons this is expected to be a member "add on" rather than a part of membership (giving members the option)
Been approached by a number of potential advertisers and sponsors
We are considering this area very carefully
Timing - Rome was built (or cycled to!) in a day - there's a lot to do if we're get it right and meet the members' expectations. We'll be adding content that is submitted and expect to have a membership offer in place by early May 2016* - in the meantime do have your say.
.... and finally we are asking for interested volunteers to be part of a steering group to help take the Touring Cyclist Club forward - if you are interested please email us with a phone number so we can have a chat.
Thanks for all the support and encouragement so far
Dennis & Rob
* early May would seem to fit with other activities in the world of cycle touring (and both Rob & Dennis would like to get some riding in too ... especially Dennis who is off on a JOGLE at the end of April!)