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Friday, 27 April 2018 04:33

Motorcycling as a Team-building Event Featured

Eagle Rider GrpMany businesses use golf as an opportunity to build relationships with staff members and customers.

Not all of us are golfers and this past season we had several business people who ride get together with co-workers, clients, and partners to take part in a day or two enjoying the beauty of Alberta and our Canadian Rockies from the seat of a motorcycle.  

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In one case, a rider flew up from the USA with one of his strategic customers and the two enjoyed a couple of days of riding on our rental motorcycles.  They rode out to Banff and Lake Louise and then carried on up the Icefield Parkway. The two of them came back transformed from the stressed out business guys who arrived at our shop 2 days prior.  It was evident that the experience had created a bond between them. As the old expression goes, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know”. The next time that customer has a large order to place, I’m sure that the relationship that was built on that two day riding trip will play an important role in the decision.

On another occasion we had two business partners rent a RoadGlide and a StreetGlide.  The one fellow was in the market for a new bike and wasn’t sure which one he would like better.  They switched bikes part way through the rental so he could get a feel for each. (He decided the RoadGlide was the one for him).  It was a great opportunity for the two guys to get out of the office for a day and kick back. And the best part? They charged it to the company credit card as a team-building event.

Last September, a group from Houston were in Calgary for the petroleum conference.  They asked us to arrange a one-day guided group ride for their staff and key customers.  The weather was amazing up until 2 days before the ride when it suddenly turned cool and there were reports of snow at the higher elevations.  The route we had put together for them was to take them south of Calgary with a stop at the saloon in Longview before heading west on the Highwood Pass and looping back into Calgary on the Trans-Canada highway.  The Pass is the highest elevated paved road in Canada. We knew it was simply going to be too cold and potentially dangerous with icy sections. It was time to enact “Plan B”. We put together a great route out to the Canadian Badlands including a crossing at the Bleriot Ferry, visits to Horsethief  and Horseshoe Canyons and of course, across the Eleven Bridges Road to the old coal-mining town of Wayne and the Last Chance Saloon. It was a cool ride in the morning and hubby was quite happy to follow along with the heater in the truck pulling the trailer with a spare bike. As the day warmed up, he said it was hard to be stuck in the truck watching them all riding in front of him.

It warmed up the next day and three of the guys came back.  We gave them the route for the Highwood Pass and they rode it on their own.  They were in awe of the beauty and the sweeping curves.

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Many of us have experienced the comradery that occurs when groups of motorcyclists get together.   In my opinion, a group ride beats any other team building event that I have ever participated while I was part of the corporate world.  And besides, I’m a crappy golfer!

About the writer:  Marion Redpath has been riding her own motorcycle for over 20 years.  She and her husband, Bill operate EagleRider Motorcycle Rentals and Tours in Calgary, Alberta.

Marion Redpath, MBA
Owner/General Manager
EagleRider of Calgary
2520 23 St NE, Unit 22
Calgary, AB T2E 8L2

www.eaglerider.com/calgary

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(587) 317-1991

 

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