club policy

GUIDELINES FOR CLUB RIDERS


  • Ensure you arrive at the club in enough time to hear announcements, they may relate to your ride
  • Choose a ride appropriate to your ability. If in doubt speak to a ride leader. Don’t force the pace of a ride. If the
    ride is too slow or fast for you, please join a different ride the following week.
  • Ensure that you are medically fit to take part in the ride. If you are not feeling at your best or have a slight injury,
    please make the ride leader aware.
  • Please ensure you have an emergency contact card in your saddle bag and wear clothing appropriate to the
    conditions which can change very quickly route. Your leader may bar you from the ride if your attire is
    considered unsuitable or unsafe.
  • The maximum number on any ride is normally 14, for safety reasons a ride may be split, please be tolerant of
    the need to do this.
  • Obey all the rules of the road as if you were driving a vehicle. Never ride through a red light to stay with the
    group. Ride no more than 2 abreast and single out when asked by the leader or back marker.
  • If you wish to leave the group before the ride is completed ensure that you have notified the leader.
  • Cycle helmets are compulsary and must be worn during any club event ride.
  • Under 16s must have a signed Parental Consent Form before joining any ride.
  • Please take note of any instructions during the ride, they’re for your own benefit and safety.
  • Please pass on any messages, verbal or visual, from the leader, i.e. potholes, pedestrians, horses along the line.
  • Your bike must be in good order with working brakes and tyres pumped up. Please bring enough drink
    according to the ride length and weather conditions plus enough money for any cafe stop.
  • Move away from arguments with other road users. Please report incidents of dangerous driving to the police.
  • In the event that the group splits, please wait at the top of hills and at junctions to regroup. Don’t congregate
    across a junction when waiting or on the inside of bends.
  • Do not ride up the inside of other riders and alert others when overtaking them.
  • All our leaders are unpaid volunteers. They may make mistakes but are always trying to ensure the safety of the
    group and act in the best interests of the club. Please be mindful of this, do not be critical or disrespectful. If you
    have an issue please raise this quietly with the leader. Criticism, disrespect, aggression and inappropriate
    language will not be tolerated. If you feel you cannot approach your ride leader please email the club secretary
    at chris@bikechainricci.co.uk who will act accordingly.
  • Please acknowledge other riders on the road with either a hello, wave, nod and smile. It’s important that BCR
    is seen as a friendly club that sets high standards.
  • Please note that you ride at your own risk and the club accepts no responsibility for your personal safety.

GUIDELINES FOR RIDE LEADERS


  • Plan your route before leaving home and ensure the roads will be suitable for the weather conditions.
  • As a ride leader you should arrive at least 15 minutes early so that there is someone to welcome new riders.
  • Appoint an experienced rider as a back marker at the start of the ride and have regular contact with them throughout the ride.
  • Count number of riders for your group. The optimum group number is 14 please use your discretion and common sense when splitting the group size, if there is a need to split the group in two and find a competent member to lead one of the groups. Set the groups off with a reasonable time gap on the same route
  • Ensure your riders know they must observe all rules of the road and assure them that you will wait if the group gets split at junctions or traffic lights. They must not just follow the group out from a side road or go through a red traffic light.
  • Lead assertively and at the advertised speed of the ride. Don’t let stronger riders force the pace. If riders want to go faster than the advertised speed they should leave the ride and join a stronger one next week.
  • Ride no more than two abreast and single out when requested by the ride leader or back marker. The rider on the outside drops behind the rider on the inside.
  • The Ride Leader should attempt to keep the group together on the flat and regroup at the top and bottom of hills.
  • Be familiar with your route and warn riders, especially new or inexperienced riders, about tricky descents especially in wet weather. Also warn about pot holes, poor road surfacing and excess mud.
  • If the back marker does not appear within a few minutes at a regrouping point, retrace your steps to find them – there could have been an accident or mechanical.
  • Riders who go on ahead up the hills should be told to wait at the top to regroup. Please allow the last riders to catch their breath and take a drink when they get to the top of hills. Have regular stops to regroup, if necessary.
  •  Overtake stationary or slow moving traffic on the outside where possible and don’t weave in and out of the vehicles.
  •  Walk away from arguments with other road users but where possible take the registration number of dangerous drivers and report incidents to the police.
  • Inform new riders about rider etiquette, ie not riding up the inside of riders.
  • In the event of an accident/incident requiring emergency services, appoint another rider to lead the group back (if they are familiar with the route) and stay with the casualty, keeping as many other riders with you as you need.
  • Please report any issues or concerns to the club chris@bikechainricci.co.uk
  • Please acknowledge other riders on the road with either a wave or a nod and a smile. It is important that BCR is seen as a friendly club that sets a standard. Also remember that the other cyclists may also be club members or potential club members. This also sets a good example to our younger riders about how to behave on the road
  • Please note all riders ride at their own risk and the club accepts no liability for your personal safety.