Rules & Etiquette:
• Safety 1st – Remember, tarmac is harder than you!
• A helmet must be worn at all times on every club run or event. NO HELMET NO RIDE!
• Obey traffic signs and signals, point out and call out any road hazards ahead. This is particularly important in a group of riders, as those at the back often can’t see oncoming traffic or road hazards.
• It is part of the British Cycling Code of Conduct to ensure that reasonable steps are taken to establish a safe environment where riders can enjoy developing their cycling skills.
• If road conditions permit groups normally ride two abreast. Remember that TWO is the limit, single out if necessary to stay safe and avoid holding up other traffic.
• Carry basic tools, at least a pump, spare tubes and a mobile phone.
• Experienced riders sometimes ride very close together; don’t panic if the rider next to you bumps bars or shoulders.
• Signal if you intend to move out of the group or stop.
• Don’t overlap wheels, if you contact the wheel in front you will probably come off, along with anyone behind you.
• When climbing hills, avoid following a wheel too closely, some riders move back when they get out of the saddle.
• If you’re struggling to keep up, please ask those around you to ease up, we all have a limit and are all different.
• In a group of cyclists there’s always an element of competition, whether it’s a town sign or the top of a hill – it’s up to you, but remember to hold your line!
• Maintain your bike. A badly maintained bike will let you down when you’re furthest from home, and could cause an accident.
• We recommend you join British Cycling so you are covered by their 3rd party insurance. This protects you against claims from others and vice versa. (Discounted if it’s your first year with British Cycling, please get in touch for details)
• It is the club member’s personal responsibility to participate in cycling competitions in a sporting manner.
• Any riders who persistently misbehave or put others in danger will be asked to leave the club.
Rules & Etiquette: