When riding with the Club it is important to remember that you are riding as a member of a group and not as an individual. You are also representing Wigan Wheelers and Triathlon Club!The Club organises many regular rides and members join those rides at their own risk. Leaders of such rides (see “Make sure there is a Leader” later in these guidelines) are offering their local knowledge to decide a route and are no more responsible for the group safety than any other member of the ride. Each member is responsible for riding in a manner which helps ensure the safety of themselves as well as other members of the ride. All Club members should act with consideration towards their fellow cyclists as well as other road users to help ensure the safety and enjoyment of the Club rides.To that end, there are a few do’s and don’ts within the Club, aimed at promoting a safe and enjoyable riding culture. If in doubt ask and don’t be offended if advice is given!
All riders in the group should take turns on the front. Don’t hog the front. But equally, don’t avoid it! Change over at the front roughly every 5 to 10 minutes so that everyone gets a turn. It is recommended that the following procedure be used to change at the front:
On a group ride, it’s important that someone knows where the ride is going! So make sure one person in the group is nominated as the leader for the ride. The leader should give clear directions ahead of turns. If the leader happens to be near the back of the group, then make sure that any ride directions are passed forward through the group to the front, so that everyone knows where to turn.
Riders on the front should shout and point out hazards such as potholes, debris, parked cars etc. Warnings should be passed back through the group so that all riders are aware of the danger. Please don’t ignore shouts made by other riders. Listen to calls that are made and react accordingly!
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