Twist Grip – June 2016

A guide to group riding

Purpose of group runs
  • Encourage associates & full members to practise riding skills
  • Allows associates to observe full members riding skills
  • May help associates to increase their pace - the "make progress" aspect of better riding
  • Socialise with other group members at stops
  • Have fun riding your bike
 
Group runs 
  • All group runs should use drop off marker system if more than 3-4 folk attend
 
Drop off/marker
  • Run leader indicates to 2nd rider to wait at a junction where not straight ahead, or might be unclear as to route, until tail rider appears (hopefully in an orange hi viz vest)
  • 2nd rider waits at junction until tail rider appears and rejoins in front of nominated tail rider
  • Or, if unsafe to do so, quickly resumes a road position ahead of tail rider after marked junction
  • If tailrider does not appear, marker texts lead rider to update of a problem
  • allowing for 5 -10 minute gap from lead to tail rider
  • marker does not abandon the junction as lead rider will return on receipt of text
  • if no signal - marker finds a signal, and then returns to marked junction
 
Lead rider role
  • The lead rider should aim to make progress up to and within prevailing speed limit where safe to do so
  • The lead rider should always be able to identify a 2nd rider behind, as marker for next route deviation
  • If the lead rider cannot identify a second rider, lead rider must stop at next route deviation to await second rider arrival
  • or text from tail rider  

Riders within group role

  • Riders within the group should ride at their own pace
  • Safe and considerate overtaking within the group should be expected
  • Good rear observation is required as there may be other road users who wish to overtake the group
  • Bunching up of group riders should be avoided to allow other road users to overtake the group
  • The group should not obstruct other road users who wish to make better progress
 
Tail rider role
  • The tail rider should be familiar with the route, so can expect where  group markers will be encountered
  • In the event of a group rider breakdown, accident, or for other reason
  • The tail rider must be able to contact group leader by text - where signal is available
  • or adopt a contingency plan to achieve where signal is not immediately available
  • to ensure the lead rider is informed
 
General
  • Participants should arrive with full fuel tank
  • The route will have been planned to allow refuelling and refreshment/comfort stops
  • at appropriate intervals, and participants should utilise these stops if necessary.
  • if participants intend to leave the group ride
    a - if at a stop - advise run leader
    b - during ride - pull over, await arrival, flag down and advise tail rider that they will be leaving group ride