I realize that I have asked you all in the profile questions if you have read the rider's notes, however, I thought it would be best for me to help clarify by defining the responsibilities of riders in a group. Basically taking all the riders notes and applying it to Club Rides.
I think this will really help our club be safe and ultimately result in the enjoyment for all riders. Let me know what you think.
Rider's Responsibilities - Group size 8-12 Riders - Safety, then Jokes.
- Be Predictable(no moving, swerving or braking outside of signaled actions and emergencies)
- Stay within the lane when doing paceline switch - Riders off the front stop pedaling and get to the back as soon as possible.
- Respect the yellow line - don't cross it ever.
- Stop in a straight line, with respect to others around you. ie. stop behind the rider in front of you not beside them.
- Hold your line on a turn or corner - Look past the corner and you'll hold the line, if you look at the wheel or rider in front of you you will go wide.
- Communicate with your group if you are feeling taxed or tired or if the pace is too much for you to handle - we are not mind readers.
- High level of communication really helps a group stay together and everyone's ride quality and experience is better - less stop and waiting and less feeling like you're holding people up.
- Maintain pace depending on weakest riders in your group.
- Always be checking intersection for pending traffic, and pedestrians, etc. to ensure the group can pass through the intersection safely. This includes watching the countdowns if they exist and ensure that the entire group can safely enter and exit and intersection.
- Communicate with each other/fellow rider beside you to ensure that the path/course you take is free of debris, potholes etc. ie. Move out and move the group ahead of time so there is less need for pointing out potholes etc.
- Consistently check with riders in the group to make sure the pace is ok for the weakest riders in the group
- Also check to make sure the paceline is tight.
- This is a MUST: - Know the route and turns so you can ask for traffic checks from riders behind you prior to having to change lanes, make turns etc.
- When calling a stop or light, brake late as to eliminate accordion effect and also to leave more space for delayed reaction time in stopping for the rest of the group.
- Call the switch every 30-60 secs.and rotate the paceline b/c Holding at the front for too long allows riders behind to become inattentive.
- Pay attention to lead riders and keep looking ahead so the reaction time to the calls are more responsive and less delayed for riders behind you.
- Call "car back" as the riders behind you do. This is crucial as the lead riders cannot see that far back.
- DO NOT LEAVE a GAP. Slow speeds its not an issue, but at faster speeds and in headwinds, it really affects the riders behind you if you leave a gap. Draft effect diminishes significantly.
- Make sure you can clip in fast, if not, you will be doing intervals all the way out of the city and ... leave gaps. This will also cause riders behind you who may not be as strong to have to work even harder to catch up to the lead riders and their pace. *Note: if the lead riders are taking off too fast, please communicate that to them, so they take some time to get back to the cruising pace that is comfortable to the group as a whole.
- If you are a strong rider that cannot ride close to the rider in front of you, you have two options: 1. Switch positions or 2. Ride off the back.
Back of the Pack Riders:
- Consistent car and traffic checks - calling car back especially on quieter roads. This is crucial, because on quieter roads our groups tend to get lazy and get loose and not hold a tight paceline. Calling out "car back" keeps everyone in the group in check and tight to the right.
- Know the route and turns so you can do traffic checks prior to having to change lanes, make turns etc.
- Keep an eye always ahead of the rider in front of you so your reaction time is significantly faster as you will have less to react to when you have already seen it.
- Make sure you can clip in fast, if not, you will be doing intervals all the way out of the city and ... leave gaps.
- Know and practice ALL OF THE ABOVE on a group ride including making the call on positioning stronger riders to rotate independent of the weaker riders. This will eliminate weaker riders from getting taxed to the point where they can't recover.
- Rotate the paceline regularly as to aid in identifying the right pace for the group(30-60 secs) This will help maintain pace of lead riders so the weakest riders can stay in the group
- Consistently check gapping and insist on gap elimination. Gaps are bad.
Let me know if I missed anything.