Social Ride GuidanceAhead of all the other suggestions below always remember the Highway Code, rules, regulations and laws of the road apply. You’re responsible for your own safety, so ensure your bike is road-worthy and you’re confident riding on the open roads.
If you are under 18 and wish to ride you should discuss this with a club representative before attending.
Have FunAbove all, the club runs are fun. Even when it’s snowing. There may be some rules here but the club run isn’t a military drill, it’s about enjoying getting out on the bike.
Food, Money & Phone:Fill your jersey pockets with a snack, some cash and a mobile phone; and bring a drink in your bottle cages. That means you can top up your energy levels on the move and also have some cash for the cafe stop. A phone is handy in an emergency or if you become separated from the group.
Highway CodeWhen riding, first and foremost you must at all time comply with the Highway Code and more than that, you must ride with courtesy and respect for other road users. You are responsible, not only for your own safety but for other riders around you. There will be a leader but their role is limited to choosing the route and, as far as possible, making sure the Group stays together and respects other road users. They are NOT responsible for your safety, you are. You are also responsible for the cohesion of the Group and helping keep it together. Experienced Club members may ask you to adjust your speed, road position or style. Please respect them, as they are only concerned for everybody’s safety.
Ride together, it’s not a raceKeep the group together, it is a group ride. Everyone goes uphill at different rates and this is fine, but re-group at the top of hills and if necessary, at the bottom. The lead riders should make sure that all riders are back in the group before resuming them at normal pace. It is okay to keep moving but slowly, until everyone is back together. If the ride is not fast enough, move to the faster one next time. If you want to race there are all manner of competitive events and the club will support you in these.
When approaching a junction slow down a little to allow the riders behind to catch up and proceed as a group. Don’t swarm around cars at traffic lights, filtering on the left and right but imagine the group as a large vehicle and keep the group together. Everyone takes time to set-off, clip-in and get settled back in the saddle. Keep the group together. Front riders should warn of hazards ahead and inform the rest of the group verbally and/or with hand signals. Rear riders should ensure that no-one is falling behind. If they are, then they should inform those in front and the Group should slow to allow it to be reformed.