As the number of people on our club rides grow we have recently published the decision to have a club ride for all abilities on Tuesday, Thursdays and Sundays. One of the key reasons for our growth has been the inclusive and friendly approach we take to our group riding.
Given the number of different abilities and range of group riding experience it seems a good opportunity to re-affirm some of the key cycling etiquette’s that makes group riding an enjoyable pastime.… Please take the opportunity to familiarise yourself with these, full details of the Croston Velo group riding etiquette can be found at http://www.crostonvelo.co.uk/main-a…/group-riding-etiquette/
• Communicate – no one likes riding through a giant pothole or having a near miss with a car, where possible point/call out holes and other obstacles
• No Half Wheeling – This occurs when two riders on the front decide to continually try to nudge in front of one another, it has the effect of driving the pace up and up until the group starts to struggle (potentially causing accidents)
• Surging or riding off the front – A group ride is not a race and creating a gap makes it difficult for everyone which slows the whole group down overall. If you want to go faster see if someone wants to go with you to ride separate from the group.
• Accelerate steadily out of junctions – fast accelerations cause significant gaps as riders struggle to get up to speed. It is known as the concertina effect. It has the effect of stretching everyone and making riders tired.
• If you are on the front, remember that people are following your calls. If you make a decision to pull out on a roundabout or junction, you need to call “Clear!” or “Wait!” to warn the pack of hazards.
• If you are at the back of the group and either see someone dropping or are being dropped, it is your responsibility to call to the cyclists in front that the pace is too high. The pack must communicate this up to the front. The lead cyclists will not be aware if you start to drop.
Group riding etiquette is to ensure rides are safe and enjoyable for all people involved. It’s great to see our members growing so well and I look forward to a long and enjoyable summers riding! No just for this rain and wind to go away and give way to the warmth and sun!