Riding on club runs

Some Guidance on Club Runs

Club runs are social events, not training runs or races. They are for enjoying the countryside in good company. In general, the pace of the club run should be that of the slowest rider in the group. Sometimes we do organise training rides. These are always clearly described on the website.

  • The ride leader is responsible for choosing the route and ensuring that the distance and pace are as advertised on the Club website.

  • Riders should follow the leader's instructions. If you are unclear about any aspect of the ride, ask the leader.

  • If you do fall behind, then wait. Someone will come back for you.

  • The leader is not responsible for riders who go ahead of the group. If you do so and lose contact with the group you are on your own!

You and your bike

Please always remember to always show courtesy to other road users and pedestrians, and to be a good cycling ambassador.

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.

Riding on club runs

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.

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.