(or...what you need to know about the basics of group riding)
Safety is our first concern so, above all, be predictable and never make sudden or unexpected changes of pace or direction when in a group formation. Always consider how you might affect the rider behind you.
Group Ride Formats
The group rides a 1-up single line or 2-up pairs and re-assemble to the formation after each climb or descent where the formation may be lost. The leader may call out "1 UP" or "2 UP" as appropriate to the road or ride conditions to get the group to re-form.
We also always ride "tight"....as close to the right-hand side of the road at all times, freeing up as much space on the road for other vehicles to pass safely and so that we do not irritate drivers.
"1 UP" means a single line of riders, each taking their turn at the front, dropping off the line by moving out of line to the RIGHT side only, and drifting to the rear of the line to rejoin. All line riders will flow by the fading rider as they maintain the pace.This is referred to a Right Fading Echelon method and better protects the "fading" rider from traffic. To maintain constant pace, if you can't hold the current pace when you reach the front, forget your ego and move to the right immediately and drift to rejoin at the back.
|"2 UP" means a line of paired riders, the left rider dropping off to the left, the right rider dropping off to the right. Pairs usually leave the front together to maintain pairing. If the rider ahead drops out without his partner, move up and shuffle to keep a paired formation. Above all, hold the group's pace and leave the front before your pace drops.|
|Here is the basic process: Each pair pulls off the front sharing the workload with the others. To peel off , the rider on the right moves right, the rider on the left moves left, reducing their speed gently to let the others pass. The pair who has been following slice through the pair to take the lead with the rest of the group in their slipstream. The two who have just finished their turn on the front, move back into the slipstream at the back of group rapidly to avoid being in the way of the traffic for long. |
Within the group, riders should always be paired up. Two abreast is acceptable, three is not. In an odd numbered group, the single rider sits at the back. Each rider has his or her turn being alone at the tail-end. In a group, everything is shared.
DOs & DON'Ts
Hand Signals & "Shouts"
Every rider is responsible for knowing and using the appropriate hand signals and "shouts" that are used to alert the rider behind of obstacles or dangers. If the rider ahead uses a hand signal to alert you to a hazard, you must immediately do the same for the rider behind.
|Please be forewarned. If you are not prepared to adhere to these rules, especially in the faster groups, you will be asked to leave the ride.
Our first priority will always be the safety of the group.