Rules and Etiquette for Riding in Groups
LBRCC wants riders to gain maximum enjoyment from their group road 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. We only allow bikes for road riding including hybrids.
· 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
· 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
· 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 but some general fitness is necessary
· 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.