I’m not 100% opposed. I’m just not sold on it either. Knighthood has always been an all or nothing kind of achievement. A thing that seems unreachable but really isn’t.
Like lots of folks I would have thought knighthood was just beyond me. Not a lifelong athlete. I was already in my 40s when I came to become an avid cyclist. I’d ridden some hard rides. I’d ridden a few centuries. But Knighthood?!
Man, I coveted that OG decal from the day I landed on the shores of the Great Lactic Acid Sea back in late 2015. When I first did the MTP, in 2017, it was clear to me that my Mt Sufferlandria was a knighthood quest. So, with thoughtful planning and a vigilant application of the MTP, I planned my quest for the better part of a year.
During that time asked tons of questions, learned tons of stuff, watched some others succeed and yet others not. Sucked it all in like a Pain Sucker
I’m not sure I’d have been as singularly focused and driven to achieve my goal with stepping stone awards/rewards/digital badges.
I dunno. There is the badge for back-to-back rides already. That in itself could act as what you suggest without the need to bestow additional titles.
Peasants and Yeomen definately had to pay dues to the hierarchy above.
How is that supposed to be organised. Could one make a living being duchess or duke? (Boy, I should concentrate on my job instead of hanging out in this forum…)
I think I spent too much time thinking about my citizenship status in Sufferlandria. I’ve been on the platform for about 2-3 years, so a recent immigrant. Surely I’ve at a minimum, plowed and tilled the lands of Sufferlandria enough to be a serf! But perhaps that’s not enough…
In any case, I think this discussion brought up a lot of fun ideas for new challenges/badges. Maybe we should make a badge for rides at 100% FTP for doing 3-5 specific rides in the same day? For example for doing:
The Wretched, A (Very) Dark Place, and The Downward Spiral, back-to-back ?