Riding on club runs

Some Guidance on Club Runs

A Cycle is recognised by law as a vehicle. A cycle rider therefore has the rights and privileges of road use, but also has all the responsibilities. Be aware of the requirements and advice given in the Highway Code.

  • Ride no more than two abreast.
  • Maintain a neat and compact group. Be ready to "single out" in busy or awkward situations, particularly on narrow and busy roads and bends.
  • Close up the group at roundabouts and junctions and signal in good time.
  • Keep as far to the left as is safely possible.
  • Large groups should split into smaller sections to enable cars to overtake, then regroup later. Experienced members should help the leader achieve this.
  • Use clear verbal warnings and signals to fellow riders and other road users.
  • DO NOT wave vehicles through to overtake.
  • DO NOT follow "clear" calls from fellow riders at junctions and roundabouts. Check for yourself.
  • Listen and watch for warnings and signals from other riders. Pass these on. Inform the leader if a rider falls behind.
  • Keep behind and just to one side of the rider in front. Do not overlap wheels.
  • Do not stop suddenly. Give warning to those behind you by a quick glance and calling out "stopping". Avoid sudden, unpredictable movements.
  • Ride with each other, not against each other.
  • Riders should follow the leader's instructions, if you are unsure about any aspects of the ride, ask the leader.
  • If you fall behind, wait and someone will come back for you. 
  • If you go ahead of the group, the ride leader is not responsible for you and if you lose contact with the group, you are on your own!

Whatever the law says, please always remember to always show courtesy to other road users and pedestrians, and to be a good cycling ambassador. Club runs are social events, NOT training runs or races. They are for enjoying the countryside in good company. There are separate rides for those who wish to train or race. In general, the pace of the club run should be that of the slowest rider in the group.

Ride Leaders

  • The ride leader is required to choose and plan the route and distance and ensure the café stop or destination is correctly posted on the Club website (contact clubruns@herts-wheelers.org.uk with any changes).
  • If a café stop is part of the ride they should ensure the café is open on the day of the ride and can accommodate cyclists.
  • The ride leader should note the names and telephone numbers of the riders at the start of the ride.
  • The ride leader should ensure the pace is appropriate to the ride category and try to ensure the riders stick together.
  • The group should wait for riders that fall behind but riders who go ahead are on their own!
  • After the ride the leader should email the riders' names and, if possible, a ride report to clubruns@herts-wheelers.org.uk.
  • If the group is large the leader should appoint an experienced rider to look after the back of the group.
  • If the weather is bad the leader may shorten or cancel the ride. If there is time then email clubruns@herts-wheelers.org.uk and post to the Facebook group.

Safety and Equipment

Riders are expected to be safety aware, self-sufficient and to ensure that their bike is in a well-maintained condition.

  • It is recommended to have a pump, tyre levers, spare inner tube, puncture repair kit and to be able to deal with punctures and minor repairs while out on rides
  • You may also consider bringing a chain tool, Allen keys, a spoke key, plasters and a bandage.
  • Check your bike before you set out, paying particular attention to brakes, wheels and tyres, the chain, steering and gears.
  • Drinks bottles and food or energy bars are essential on most rides.
  • It is recommended to have eyewear, track mitts or gloves, a mobile phone, and some cash for refreshments.
  • It is recommended you wear a helmet.
  • Check the weather before you set out and bring lights, and wear or bring high visibility and waterproof clothing as appropriate.
  • Mudguards are recommended in wet weather for your benefit and for the benefit of those riding behind you.
  • Tyres with a sensible level of puncture protection should be used. Frequent punctures spoil the ride for the whole group.
  • Carry emergency contact details and consider how you would get home in an emergency.

The club endeavours to organise safe and enjoyable runs, but it cannot be responsible for all road and traffic conditions. Ultimately all riders are responsible for their own safety and should ride accordingly.