Code of Conduct for Group Rides

Distance and speed of group rides will vary throughout the year so ride details will be posted on the FORUM before each ride.

  • Club rides are not races - however, town sign sprints are a tradition of club group rides but participate with caution. 
  • All riders must 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.

  • 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, but not panic shouting "HOLE" and jumping all over the shop, and signal to other riders if there is a danger in the road.

  • 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 up" if there is a car coming towards the Group on a narrow road.
  • Should the group split, alert riders up the line and they should slow/stop for the group to reform.

  • The group should always stop and assist any rider suffering from mechanical or physical problems.

  • The group should always wait for the last rider, unless the rider has requested to be left, or an agreement reached beforehand that the group will not wait for dropped riders.

  • No rider should leave the group without first notifying other riders, preferably the ride leader.

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 Rob at www.athleteservice.com and he will sort you out. If you don't know how to use them don't be shy also get in touch!

- pump or gas cylinders for inflating tyres
- spare innertubes
- puncture repair kit
- two tyre levers
- allen keys or multihead spanner as appropriate to your cycle
- ideally a chain-break tool 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 ride leader and 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).

Food and Clothing

Dress appropriately for the weather. Carry a waterproof or gilet and arm warmers on all but the best of days. Longer club runs may include a café stop, however you should carry drinks and food and eat regularly (start nibbling 20 miinutes 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.  We recommend SKS Raceblade clip on mudguards, get in touch with Rob at www.athleteservice.com - he 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 ride leader and the group will do all they can to assist you, but they can only do so if they are aware of your problem. The group will be supportive.

 

Last Updated (Wednesday, 05 February 2014 09:44)