CLUB RUN ETIQUETTE
The Club Run is a social event not a race. Obey the rules of the road and maintain a civil approach to the public including drivers. Each rider of the group is individually responsible for his/her own safety but the ride will be safer and more enjoyable if the actions of other riders can be more easily predicted, for this reason our club has a riding etiquette. All regular riders on our club runs should be aware of this code of conduct and help “newbies” by informing them and showing them the ropes.
Through its membership of British Cycling, Coventry Road Club (CRC) has Liability Insurance related to club activities, committee members and other officials of the club, members acting on the instructions of the committee, and certain non-member participation.
Please note that Individual Club Members are specifically excluded from the British Cycling insurance policy. Participation in club rides and other events is at your own risk and you are strongly advised to obtain Liability Insurance cover.
British Cycling has confirmed that club runs are a “ride of individuals” who are each responsible for their own actions and for obeying the law. Being on a ride with the CRC does not remove your individual responsibility and liability. Likewise offering to lead a ride does not make you responsible for the actions of others.
Obtaining the required insurance is easy, and is normally done by taking out membership of the organisations listed below, which also help support cycling in Britain (though other providers do exist).
RULES OF THE ROAD
The optimal group size is 10 riders, groups nearer 20 have the following problems:-
Good communication throughout the group is essential, learn the shouts and use them loud and clear and pass them on through the group:-
READING THE ROAD
The communications referred to above should not be relied upon as the only source of input:-
Particular care must be taken at road junctions:-
Members should have a clear and well understood method of singling out:-
GOING TO THE FRONT
In a group of similar ability riders, it seems only fair that all members of the group should take a turn at the front, particularly when the group is riding into a strong wind etc. However, in groups with less able riders or riders experiencing problems it is totally acceptable for the them to opt out of a turn on the front and for stronger riders to work for the good of the group on the front.
It is recommended that riders use the following procedure to change over at the front:-
The other method for singling out, where the two front riders move apart and the group rides between, needs greater care as while the two riders are moving to the back there is a section of the group that is 4 abreast. This should only be attempted on quiet lanes with sufficient space.
Pay attention on hills, when climbing:-
BEST PRACTICE FOR PASSING HORSES
As you approach a horse let the rider know you are there by shouting 'bike behind!', 'coming up!' or something else friendly that will alert them that you are there.The rider can then take measures to alert their horse. Please slow down to a walking crawl, taking a wide berth and making sure it is safe to overtake. If you are in a large group, consider thinning out so as not to bombard the horse with a lot of bikes at one time.