Ride Leader Guidance

Thank you for volunteering to be a ride leader – you are an essential part of the club. Your role is not a “coach”. You are helping to make the Ride as safe as possible, welcoming to members (new, old and guests!) and rewarding.

  • Make sure a Ride is posted to the club website at least a week in advance – we are planning to introduce a quarterly schedule.
  • Whenever possible, make sure a link to the route map is posted (eg to http://www.ridewithgps.com)
  • If you can’t lead a ride you have committed to please try and find a stand-in.
  • If you need to cancel a run due to very poor weather please post it with as much notice as possible.
  • Arrive at the starting point in plenty of time and be on the lookout for new riders and welcome them.
  • If the weather is poor (eg possible ice), then change the route to something suitable – the club has a series of recommended winter routes.
  • Give the Group a short brief before the start – make sure everyone knows each other, provide a short overview of the route and explain likely organisation (eg re-grouping at hill tops)
  • Avoid groups of 10 or more. Split the group as appropriate, and have smaller groups setting off with a two minute gap.
  • Ask someone to act as a “rear gunner” to assist in ensuring people don’t get dropped or lost at the back
  • Run at the guided pace unless the group agrees to go slower/ faster. If the pace is clearly too fast for one or more in the group, then slow it down. Individuals should not continually be on the limit.
  • Never leave a rider or group to find his or her own way at a junction. Always wait at every junction until everyone is with you – that is the responsibility of the group as a whole.
  • Pay special attention to new riders to ensure they are comfortable riding in the group. Educate on basic group riding skills and hand signals if necessary during the ride – and encourage experienced members to do likewise.