All riders in a group have a responsibility for the safety of both themselves and the other members of the group. Knowledge and appreciation of the do’s and don’ts of group riding ensure the safety of the group while maximising the benefits and enjoyment of riding with friends.
Being assertive but not aggressive:-
- Ride three feet out from the side of the road – this helps avoid potholes, drains and more importantly discourages vehicles from passing too close or too fast – riding in the gutter encourages driver to squeeze past between you and the centre white line
- If a car is approaching too fast on a single track road – maintain your position to encourage them to slow before you move over to the edge of the road to let them past
- It is generally safer to ride in twin formation where road conditions permit
Ensure you are looking ahead and keeping a consistent line of travel.
- If you are on the front of the group signal turns early to ensure the signal is passed through to the back of the group who may have following vehicle closer than you think.
- All hand signals and verbal alerts should be repeated through the group to ensure everyone is aware.
- Be aware of your speed – there is no point sitting at a comfortable pace in the group and then putting the hammer down when it is your turn on the front as this will just fragment the group and most likely annoy those around you!
- Communicate with other riders to establish your position or your intentions i.e. vocal instructions such as ‘coming through’, ‘car up / down’, ‘hole left / centre / right’ etc.
- Hand signals perform a similar job and are just as important when passing instructions through a group from front to back.
- Observe and anticipate other riders, other road traffic and the situations that are unfolding. Observation includes what you see and what you can hear.
- Avoid making any sudden movements, such as braking harshly or cutting across other riders. Only move if clear to do so, remember to observe and anticipate. Don’t overlap wheels or force your way through.
- Be assertive with your position; stand up if necessary to give yourself space and to prevent other riders from coming too close.
- Maintain a strong and relaxed position on the bike – loose shoulders with a bend in the elbow to allow for movement and contact.