I used to do the Merida Marathon Series, Rough Ride and HONC, but gave up because it's not a proper race and I couldn't really see what I was getting for the money compared to just going to a camp site and going for a ride on my own.
There's a few people lamenting the end of Rough Ride, so why not just turn up at the usual place and time next year and go for a ride together ?
Same with HONC. It sells out within three hours, so why not meet up the weekend before or after unofficially and follow the same route ?
SSUK has been a bit hit and miss over the last few years. If it's hard to get someone to organise it then why not just have a disorganised event ?
It works well for Critical Mass, so why not for mountain biking ?
I could "organise" a marathon round here.
Be at the Wyre Forest Visitor Centre for 9am on a specific date.
Make your own camping arrangements.
Bring your own food and drink.
I'll supply a GPX track in advance so you can print your own map.
Clee Hill and back for those who want a challenge, Kinver and back for those who want an easier ride.
Both routes mostly off road or country lanes.
That's it. No entry fee. No insurance. No T shirt. No skips or toilets.
Just an "I'm going for a ride, who wants to come with me ?" event.
It would be good if this became a nationwide thing, with people all over the country "not organising" rides in their area.
Fancy a weekend away riding in a new area ? See if there's a ride being not organised that you can not enter.