Rules and Etiquette for Riding in Groups
LBRCC wants riders to gain maximum enjoyment from their group rides. We would like everyone to make a point of reading the following rules and etiquette and following them. We have taken the opportunity to include items that may help all cyclists.
· All riders must wear a Helmet –
· All new riders to the club to join G3 on their first ride and move across to other groups in agreement with the ride lead
· Follow the requirements of the Highway Code – consider your own conduct during a ride and respect other road users
· We will politely point out any deviations to the rider(s) concerned. We may request persistent offenders do not join future group rides
· All riders take part in the group rides at their own risk
· Consider a suitable public liability insurance for cycling – British Cycling membership includes 3rd Party insurance and free legal assistance
· All riders must ensure their bicycle is road worthy and fit for purpose. Poorly maintained cycles are a not just a risk to the rider, but also a risk to other riders in the group. Tri-Bars are not allowed in group rides.
· Follow the guidance from the ride leaders.
· Follow and pass on instructions from the group Leader, communicate within the group and pass messages forwards / backwards
· Advise if a rider is off the back, always look after the riders behind you
· Ride steadily. Maintain a steady effort and do not surge. Steady effort is more important than steady speed
· Anticipate changing gear for upcoming hills and do not surge. Try not to get out of the saddle, this can cause your bike to push back into the rider behind
· No racing. Only pass ride leader or front of the group if invited / directed
· Ride as a tight group – 2 abreast no more than an arm’s length from the adjacent rider with handlebars level – no half wheeling
· Hold the wheel in front – do not overlap wheels with the rider in front and do not to leave a gap more than 1 metre between your front wheel and their back wheel
· When rotating, the front rider should pull across in front on the rider on their left. Once in front, settle back in to the same steady pace – do not continue to pull away
· Do not “wave through” a following vehicle
· Do not react to bad driving incidents with gestures etc
· Riders should advise the Leader if they decide to leave the group for any reason.
· There is a vehicle coming up behind the group
· “There is a vehicle approaching towards
· vehicle unable to pass the 2 abreast column safely- Outside rider drops back behind the inside rider- Slow up and create spaces in the inside file
· or on “Left/Right” call alerts riders at junctions – Riders behind must also always check before proceeding rather than solely relying on the calls
· for larger road defects that could cause a rider to fall. It is always useful to point at the defect when safe to do so
· “On the Left/Right” A general warning of some kind of hazard
· . If you brake without letting those behind know your intention they can easily run into you
· Let others know we will wait while you repair it.
· Take special care and pass as widely as possible. Make sure horse and rider are aware of your presence. Keep pedalling slowly and keep noise to a minimum
· Ride safe and listen to your ride leaders
· Don’t try to push yourself too hard
· Carry personal details, food and drink, and tools including a spare tube
· Riders aged 16 and 17 may ride with parental approval and will otherwise be treated as adults.
· Wear cycle-specific clothing
· Carry Mudguards to prevent you and the rider behind you getting wet and dirty
· Visitors and potential members are welcome to try the rides free of charge but should be encouraged to apply for membership after their second ride.