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Group rides are great fun but with larger groups of riders comes higher risk and in order to ensure these rides remain safe as well as good fun it is important that everyone follows a set of rules.

Club rides are unsupervised and The Club is not responsible for our safety; everyone on the ride must take responsibility to look out for others safety as well as their own. Always bear in mind that everyone in the group may not be as confident or have as good bike handling skills as you.

Please apply these rules when you are next on a group ride and, where others don’t, please politely inform them of the proper cycling etiquette.

Do

Follow the Highway Code at all times – it applies to ALL road-users.

Wear a cycle helmet

Ensure your bike is road worthy, brakes are fully operational and that your tyres are pumped up to the recommended PSI (as written on the tyre).

Cycle a maximum of 2 abreast in 2 close parallel lines where appropriate, focus on keeping it neat and tidy.

Ride with 1 foot approx. between your front wheel and the back wheel of the rider in front. There should also be 1 foot between your shoulders and the rider beside you.

Be prepared on small or busy to ride in single file.

Riders at the back of the pack to “car back, single file” if there are vehicles behind. Listen to and act on their calls. DON’T look back and check for yourself, as you will move off your line and may cause an accident.

Lead cyclists to navigate and point out hazards in the road by either shouting or using hand signals. Listen to them and act on the calls, and most importantly, repeat them for the cyclist behind you.

Ride directly behind the wheel of the rider in front. If you cycle in the middle of the two wheels in front of you, you WILL push the cyclist on your outside into the path of passing vehicles.

Brake as gently and smoothly as you safely can when riding in a pack.

Cover your brakes at all times.

When on the front keep pedalling, this is particularly important going downhill. If you freewheel, everyone behind will have to brake.

Talk to each other. Point out, either with hand signals or shouts, all potholes, manhole covers and other dangers in the road that could cause punctures or accidents. Follow the hand signals and calls of the riders in front as they will have seen the danger before you and then you can all communicate down the pack

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. Ask them to slow down, it is your ride too.

When asked to ease up or slow a little, do not brake suddenly. Gently ease your pace by pedalling less hard or freewheeling for a moment. Look at your speedo – if someone is being dropped you probably only need to reduce your speed by half a mile an hour to allow them to stay on.

Ride at a steady pace, keeping the pack as a compact unit.
Check over your shoulder for other riders or traffic before moving out to the right.

Slow right down when passing horses and pass them as widely as is safe. Always call to the horse riders well ahead of catching them – a cheery “Good morning!” or “Hello!” will do. Keep calling until the riders indicate that they know yu are there. They may want to turn the horse so it can see you.

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 hazards.

If you are feeling tired – let people know. Accidents happen when people are tried and lose concentration. Everyone gets tired, let people know so they can slow down and tuck you in the pack to carry you home.

Cycle with confidence. If you’re nervous, you will tense up and then are less likely to be able to respond to things quickly.
When cycling at dusk or night, wear appropriate reflective bright clothing and ensure you have working lights on the front and rear of your bike.

Dress in appropriate clothing for the weather.

Bring everything you might need. Prepare for every eventuality. For example, puncture kit, tyre levers, inner tubes, pump, multi tool (including chain tool). Helmet, waterproof jacket, food, water, money, credit card, mobile, contact details in emergency.

Don’t

Overlap wheels or nudge in between the wheels of the riders in front. You will come off if they move off their line.

Ride on tri/aero bars in packs as you will not be able to brake or steer quickly.

Make any sudden movements/changes in direction off your line when in the pack. You are responsible for the cyclist behind you, they are following YOUR wheel, they need to trust you.

Ride off the front. This is a group, not a race. If you want to go faster then let the others know what you are going to do and if no one wants to join you then go off and enjoy your ride alone.

Stop pedalling if you are on the front, even on downhills. The cyclists behind you will read this as you slowing and could be forced to brake and bunch up.

“Zone out” on the wheel in front. Keep aware of everything that is going on around you, look ahead and that way you can avoid most hazards.

Whip round the outside of the pack to get to the front unless in an emergency. Shout up the pack any communication. If you do need to get to the front then make sure you check in front and behind for cars, remember three abreast will push you into oncoming traffic.

Pull out at junctions without looking having heard the “Clear” call a fellow cyclist. Check whether there is a vehicle coming yourself.

Calls

These are some calls you might hear. It is essential that you repeat them down the pack so everyone can hear:
“Car up/front/back”: Keep tight to the cyclist next to you and be prepared to cycle in single file.

“Hole”: Upcoming pothole to avoid. This can also be followed by a direction i.e. “Hole left”.

“Slowing”: usually accompanied by a hand signal. The cyclist in front needs to slow down for some reason.

“Stopping”: Brake!

“Wait”: Usually at junctions to indicate there is a car coming.

“Clear”: to indicate that a junction is traffic free. You must check yourself and not rely on others.

“Heads up”: Hazard ahead, pay attention.

“Single out/file”: Get into single file safely and promptly.

Hand Signals

These are some hand signals (other than the obvious left and right turns!). It is essential that you repeat them so everyone can see and pass it on.

Single hand in the air (up and down): Rider is signalling that he/she needs to stop or slow down. Usually followed by the call “Slowing” or “Stopping”.

Pointing down at the road: This is to point out hazards such as potholes, manhole covers etc. PLEASE copy this signal, it stops accidents and punctures.

Arms out left or right: Everyone in the pack needs to indicate when turning left or right.

Left arm signalling behind back: Signal that the cyclist is about to move out into the road, e.g. to pass a parked car or to go round debris in the road.

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Membership Benefits

  • British Cycling Affiliated 
  • Advice on Group riding 
  • Club entry sportive 
  • Cycling Holidays 
  • Great social scene 
  • Monthly Meetings 
  • Limited Edition Club Kit 
  • cycle repair classes
  • Rides to match all abilities
  • Ride leader on all rides 
  • yearly Awards ceremony 
  • Never get left behind on rides 
  • Facebook group 
  • Twitter Group
 

Lewis Keenan

Just want to thank everyone for to days and last few months helping me out riding great club great people really makes riding more enjoyable great effort everyone today great tough ride made my first sportive a great experience great day great laugh thanks all

joined 2018 

 

 

Rachel Thirlwall

I’d like to echo Lewis’ thoughts and add one or two! By far the best decision I have made this year was to join this club- you are such a welcoming, supportive, kind bunch of people! I have never felt better on my bike 

 

Alison Doyle 

What a great trip :-) huge thanks to the blokes for all of your invaluable support, getting us round safely, and up them monster hills. Massive thanks to Billy of course for the organisation and advice and planning. 11,670ft of climbing over 3 days, quite proud of that considering 18 mnths ago I didn't think I'd ever be back on a bike. Breathtaking scenery, everlasting memories (incl. Anthony in a blonde wig!) Thank you all and well done to everyone :-)) from Alison Deb and Clare

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“.A cycling club in the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton. Formed in August 2015 by a group of like minded individuals who are solely interested in riding their bikes for fun as well as enjoying hearty cafe stops. ”

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