Code of Conduct for Group Rides

Ride details will be posted on the FORUM before each ride.

  • Club rides can be quite quick so riders joining them need to be ready for the distance and speed. Use the Forum to contact/organise a group of slower riders if you find the pace too fast. 
  • All riders should adhere to the rules of the road. Follow the Highway Code as if you are a car. No running red lights.

  • Riders should ride no more than two abreast unless overtaking. Single file when the road is narrow or dangerous and leave gaps for cars to work their way past the line.

  • Be aware of riders behind you. Ride smoothly, do not brake without warning, raise your arm if you have a problem and stop slowly.

  • Give verbal warnings and signal to other riders if there is a danger in the road. Call "Hole Left", "Hole Right" etc.

  • Back rider should inform the Group by calling "Car back" if a car is coming from the rear and there is limited space for them to overtake. Add "Single up" as necessary.  Similarly the lead rider should calling "Car front" if there is a car coming towards the Group on a narrow road.
  • The group should always stop and assist any rider suffering from mechanical or physical problems.

  • All riders should have tools and spares for basic roadside repairs.

  • All riders should familiarise themselves with the route and preferably have a navigation system or map to navigate home if the group splits.

  • Riders leaving the group, for example to take a different road home, should notify other riders.

Bike Setup and Tool Kit

To ensure that mechanical problems are minimised, riders must keep their bikes in roadworthy condition. A tool kit should be carried that includes, at the very least, the following. If you don't have these get in touch with www.athleteservice.com and they will sort you out. 

- pump or gas cylinders for inflating tyres
- spare inner-tubes
- puncture repair kit
- two tyre levers
- multi-tool as appropriate to your cycle
- ideally a chain-break tool and spare link for repairing broken chain

Accidents & Injuries

The club does not provide first aid cover or medical support for riders on club runs. In the event of an accident, the group will do all they can to assist any rider who has suffered injury. Riders who have pre-existing medical conditions that require special treatment must take precautions to ensure that information about their condition can be easily found by the emergency services or other medical professionals in the aftermath of an accident or the onset of the medical condition. If you carry your mobile phone with you it is a good idea to program an "ICE" number (In Case of Emergency) and unlock your phone - a better option is an ID tag on your wrist, easily accessible by emergency services.

Food and Clothing

Dress appropriately for the weather. Carry a waterproof or gilet and arm warmers on all but the best of days. You should carry drinks and food and eat regularly (start nibbling 20 minutes into each ride however long they are so it is a habit and carry carbohydrate drink and/or electrolyte mix in warmer weather especially).

Use of Aerobars

No aerobars on group rides - they can cause accidents due to the riding position, control, stability, access to brakes and response times relative to normal drop bars.

Mudguards & Lights

It is common courtesy to fit mudguards during the winter months of October to March and in wet weather. If you do not have them and it is raining please ride at the back of the group.   Get in touch with  www.athleteservice.com - they will normally keep these in stock especiallay over winter.  At least a rear light is advisable as the weather gets gloomier.

Getting Home Again

If you are not confident of finishing the ride or your bike has a mechanical problem, let other riders know as soon as possible. The group will do all they can to assist you, but they can only do so if they are aware of your problem.  However, treat group rides as you would riding alone and have the spares, tools, mobile, food and drink to be self sufficient.

 

Last Updated (Friday, 15 May 2015 08:22)