Social Ride Rules:
- Ensure that you look back so nobody is left behind and advise the bunch accordingly. The ride leader will make the decision to stop & wait.
- Be aware that there are riders who are not as strong or fit as others and the bunch may have to regroup.
- The ride leader will designate the regrouping points and they should be observed.
- On long hill climbs, ensure that you regroup at the highest visible point until the last rider comes up.
- If you are a strong rider, buddy up with somebody you can assist to help them get better.
- Make a toilet stop at the coffee break.
- The group will stop for mechanical repairs including flat tyres.
- Take the time to review the route on the Club Facebook page or web calender prior to the ride.
- Please let someone know within the group if you plan on leaving the ride .
Below are short videos that covers the main rules involved in group riding
GROUP TRAINING SIGNALS
- Be predictable with all your actions.
- Maintain a steady straight line and avoid braking or changing direction suddenly.
- To slow down, gradually move out into the wind and slot back into your position in the bunch.
- Point and call out any road hazards ahead. These include potholes, drain grates, stray animals, opening car doors, sticks or stones, parked cars, etc.
- Do not overlap wheels.
- Pedal down hill when you are at the front of the bunch. Cyclists dislike having to ride under brakes.
- Stay to the left when in front to allow room for others to pass safely on your right.
- Pass other riders on the right hand side.
- Be smooth with your turns at the front of the group. Avoid surges unless trying to break from the bunch.
- Avoid leaving gaps when following wheels. Cyclists save about 30% of their energy at high speed by following a wheel. Each time you leave a gap you are forcing yourself to ride alone to bridge it. Also, riders behind you will become annoyed and ride around you.
- When climbing hills, avoid following a wheel too closely. Many riders often lose their momentum when rising out of the saddle on a hill which can cause a sudden deceleration.
- Do not be rude to motorists that do the wrong thing. We live here and aggravating an irate or irresponsible motorist does not help other road bike riders.
- If the ride leader sees fit to call a pace line even on a social ride, we only use rolling turns. See the video below for instructions on how this is conducted.
GROUP ROLLING TURNS