Start planning that bike event

If you’re not sure where to begin, start with bite-sized chunks — particularly if you’re a part-time or volunteer event coordinator.

A popular term among event planners is “Kaizen,” a Japanese word that at its most basic that means “change for the better.” Productivity experts have adapted it to be more of a philosophy of improvement. What does this have to do with planning your bike event?

Think small actions to be completed before your century ride or bike race. Work backward from the event date.

The deadline is the day of the event, when the results of all your planning have to be in place. Take on the smaller projects that create an event: Putting together your event committee, creating the course(s), obtaining permits, planning the food, finding volunteers, setting up registration, and, on the day before the event, setting up the venue to receive your riders.

On the day of your event, your plans are in place, ready for success.