Monday Night Rides - Start Date- Monday 6th May 2019
Meet point Monk Sherborne Village Hall. 18:30 meet to start at 18:45
Start time - Groups will have a staggered start from 18.45
The groups will be split along the following lines:
Elite Group – This is a group is an unsupervised group, that will train at a very fast pace. If riders are dropped from this group or puncture they will not be waited for. To ride in this group you must be confident of riding in a bunch and partaking in through and off. You must also be confident of navigating your way around the local roads and finding your way home.
Fast Group - for riders who want a fast paced ride with a ride leader. The group will go at the speed of the slowest rider in the group. The group will wait for anyone who is dropped or punctures.
Women's Fast Group - for women riders who want a fast paced ride with a ride leader. The group will go at the speed of the slowest rider in the group. The group will wait for anyone who is dropped or punctures.
Please note - This group will only be available on the following dates:
Intermediate Group(s) –for riders who want a steady paced pace ride with a ride leader. The group will go at the speed of the slowest rider in the group. The group will wait for anyone who is dropped or punctures.
Development Group - for riders just getting into cycling and wanting to ride at a steady pace with a ride leader. The group will go at the speed of the slowest rider in the group. The group will wait for anyone who is dropped or punctures.
Club Ride Briefing Notes
Below are a few notes on the expected conduct and behaviour of riders and guidance so you know what to expect on the rides.
If you are new to cycling speak to any of the riders for advice on fitness, bikes, position, clothing etc. We will be pleased to help.
Make Sure Your Bike is in Good Working Order
- Ensure that your bike is roadworthy, in good condition and regularly serviced
- When riding in a group slipping gears, excessively worn/split tyres, chains coming off etc can cause accidents. If you have any known faults with your bike get them fixed before coming out on a club ride.
- Club members will do their best to help resolve any mechanical faults experienced during a ride, but cannot take responsibility for any repairs carried out on the road.
If you are not a member of the club
- You will be asked to provide your name and contact details and an emergency contact name and contact details.
- You will also be asked to sign a disclaimer notice.
- Non-members are allowed to ride with the club 3 times before having to join.
Your Conduct and Behaviour
- When riding, first and foremost you must at all times comply with the Highway Code, and the rules/laws of the road.
- You must ride with courtesy and respect for other road users and pedestrians.
- You are responsible, not only for your own safety but for other riders around you.
- Ride leaders are NOT responsible for your safety, YOU ARE.
- Ride leaders will use reasonable endeavours to provide appropriate guidance to keep the group together.
- You take part club rides entirely at your own risk.
- Experienced club members may ask you to adjust your speed, road position or style. Please respect them, as they are only concerned for everybody's safety.
- Riders must use their own judgement to decide that any action/manoeuvre they undertake is safe to carry out, independently of any guidance provided by ride leaders/other riders.
- A club ride is NOT a race. You can race to your heart's content in organised competitive events but please not on group rides.
Group Riding Etiquette
- All group rides will be at the maintainable pace of the slowest rider in the group unless otherwise stated.
- NEVER ride more than two abreast
- Single-out if a car is behind and when singling out would enable the car to pass, or if the road conditions make it sensible to do so.
- Do not attempt Strava segments on a group ride
- Ride about half a wheel behind the rider in front
- Avoid overlapping wheels. Wheel overlap is the biggest cause of crashes in groups.
- Ride together and wait - Allow the riders behind to catch up and proceed as a group. Re-group at the top of hills and if necessary at the bottom.
- Warnings and help - Front riders will warn of hazards ahead and inform the rest of the group verbally and/or with hand signals. Rear riders should ensure that no-one is falling behind. If they are, then they should inform those in front and the group should slow to allow it to be reformed.
- If you're new, please identify yourself to those leading the club run. Please listen to them, as they will explain how the run works and where it's going.
- Wear club kit - Members should wear the club kit.
- If you want to leave the group, let the ride leader know before you leave.
- If there is an accident, everyone must stop to help/seek assistance/witness if required.