Personally speaking, I see little point in changing the printed routes - these have been, for the most part, used by the group for many years and are well tried and tested.
I will however, conceed that, less experienced riders, may not be comfortable riding on some of the minor/unclassified roads that are included in our routes - I know, I was one once. The answer to which is, select ride routes that are acceptable or known to you to begin with, progressing, via 'one to one' rideouts with your observer and selected Sunday rides, to the more complex routes.
Rideouts for the first Sunday of the month should always be the easier and less complex routes, thanks to Garys excellent planning.
To give members an insight into my personal approach to a forthcoming Sunday rideout :-
Two to three days before, I view the route from NAM website or Group magazine,
Using Google maps, visualise and memorise the roads and junctions used, including any possible 'detours' to incorporate any 'more interesting sections'.
Turn up at Tesco's at 9.15am on the Sunday, fully fuelled up and watered.
When sorted with a 'riding group of four', discuss the proposed route and any 'detours' that may improve the ride. All riding group members should be 'happy and in agreement' with the published route and any changes to that route.
When leading a group, I always take into consideration other group members abilities and experience, but rarely ride with associates or less experienced riders.
Have a great ride and arrive at 'coffee stop' or should that be 'full english breakfast stop' for a chat, a coffee etc. and a debrief.
Go home happy - yes?
Remember, published routes are for guidance only, not a rigid requirement.