All rides will be led by a Ride Leader accredited by the Club – who has been trained to the required standard. Please talk to one of the Captains if thou would like to be trained.
Maximum ride group size is 10. To ensure that this is the case, you cannot join a ride group en-route unless agreed with Ride Leader beforehand. Members should arrive at least 15 minutes before the scheduled departure time. Once your ability group is full then you will have to find space in another group. Ride Leader’s briefing will take place on the route and any group riding points/issues approximately 10 minutes before departure. Groups will depart when they are “full” rather than necessarily wait for the official start time.
Support your Ride Leader – listen for and obey their instructions – if the route has been posted on FaceBook beforehand download it and familiarise yourself with it. Wherever possible the Ride Leader will appoint a “sweeper” who will assist with marshalling the group and ride discipline during the ride. Generally, the Ride Leader will ride at the front of the group and control the pace other than on hills and when it is safe for the group to share the work on the front.
We ride 2×2 unless the width of the road or other road conditions dictate single file (the Ride Leader will usually call this – but ride members should feel free to suggest this to the Ride leader should they think the situation demands it). When riding single file the group should split into 2×5 with a gap of about 50 yards/meters between the two groups to allow vehicles to pull in between the group if required. Do not ride in the middle of the road – try and keep close to the rider next to you – a good rule of thumb is to keep about a handlebar width from the rider next to you. Do not overlap wheels with the person in front of you – but follow as close as you are comfortable. Do not allow gaps to appear in the group – if the pace is too high speak up and let people know.
Take turns at front – we use the Double Line technique – this is explained below. The Ride Leader may call for people to change but the people working on the front may choose to do so as well. When at the front simply keep your handlebars level with your partner – do not race each other – known as “half-wheeling”. Keeping your handlebars level with the person next to you is a very important part of good ride discipline.
- We ride together on the flatter sections and re-group by stopping (in a safe place without causing an obstruction in the road) or riding easy at the top of hills (depending on your group). If riding at the front please look behind you regularly and adjust pace to keep the group together – especially on the flat. When on the front your job is to make it easier for those riding behind not to show everyone how strong you are! Talk to each other – tell riders at front if group splits or they need to “ease back”. Stop or pedal really easily at top of climbs to re-group. Same at road junctions.
- Indicate or call-out road hazards and junctions but not every minor road surface imperfection. Only call out significant hazards such as big holes – too much shouting makes people nervous and they can over- react. Save the audible warnings for when it really matters!
- Take personal responsibility. Be aware of what is going on around you, behind you and ahead. Don’t blindly follow at road junctions, roundabouts or round sharp bends.
- Support/encourage those who are having an “off” day or is struggling – we have a “no drop policy”.