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Hythe Cycling Club Group Ride Rules


Introduction

Club members are strongly encouraged to read and familiarise themselves with the guidance given in this guide which aims to provide a best practice approach to safe riding in a group.

Prerequisites

Only HCC members are permitted to join the club runs, unless the rider is trialling the club or has permission from the HCC management committee.

Insurance

It is recommended that you take out third party cycling insurance as provided by British Cycling. Full details can be found on the British Cycling website https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/

Bike Maintenance & Pre Ride Checks

Ensure your bike is in full working order, checking all aspects of your bike prior to commencing the club ride. 

Cycling Helmets

The wearing of a cycling helmet is a compulsory requirement of the Club.Anyone not wearing a helmet will not be permitted to take part in any HCC cycling activities

Tool Kit

Riders should carry a suitable tool kit and spares to cope with at least 2 punctures. It is inevitable that you will suffer from a puncture (s) and possibly a mechanical failure so the need to carry the following tools being essential. 

  • Inner tubes x 2
  • Pump or CO2 canisters
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Tyre levers
  • Multi-tool
  • Chain splitter and chain links in the event of a broken chain 

Mobile Phone

Having a mobile phone with you is highly recommended in the event of an emergency. 

Food & Drink

Take at least one bottle of water with you and an energy bar or whatever you prefer.Drink at regular intervals to avoid dehydration and eat as required to replenish lost energy.

Highway Code

Riders must adhere to the Highway Code at all times. Please show courtesy to other road users thanking drivers with a quick wave when they have stopped to let you through. 

Sunday Club Runs

The Hythe Cycling Club (HCC) main focus is the club run which takes place each Sunday morning commencing at 09:00 from the Hythe & Saltwood Sailing Club. It is recommended that riders arrive 15 minutes before the club ride commences in order to prepare for the ride. Riders should make themselves known to the group ride coordinator (s) who will provide the following information. 

  • Route
  • Groups
  • Ride Captains

Select the Right Group

The Hythe Cycling Club comprises of 5 groups as detailed: 

  • Fast Group
  • Intermediate Group
  • Steady Group
  • Hilly Group
  • Single Speed Group "Fixed gear or freewheel" (Last Sunday of the month)

Full details of these groups can be found in the Sunday Club Ride Group within the HCC website

Ride Captain’s Role & Responsibilities

  • The ride captain heads up the group ride and will be an experienced club rider managing the group from start to finish and will be familiar with the route.
  • The ride captain is to be appointed once the route and groups have been organized.
  • The ride captain will take note of the number of riders within their group requesting a volunteer from the group to be assigned as the groups sweeper before the ride commences.
  • The ride captain will ensure the speed of the group complies with the groups designated speed and will work in conjunction with the sweeper.
  • The ride captain will periodically look behind to ensure the group is together.
  • In the event the group starts to separate, the ride captain will ease the pace in order for the back riders to catch up. Stopping at junctions and slowing down before making a turn being an ideal time for the back riders to catch up which will also prevent riders from missing the turn.
  • It’s important that riders respect the ride captain’s decision as their role is to safeguard the group during the ride.
  • The ride captain will encourage other members of the group to take their turn on the front of the group in order to share the workload and gain experience of leading a group.
  • The ride captain should ensure that all riders return to the start, unless they have decided to make alternative arrangements which should be brought to the attention of the ride captain before or during the ride.
  • Any rider that continues to find it difficult to ride at the groups designated speed and wishes to leave the group should inform the ride captain or a member of the group.
  • The ride captain must take note of the rider (s) that leaves the group and recalculates the number of riders within the group to ensure the headcount is correct.
  • All incidents should be recorded by the ride captain, informing an HCC committee member at the end of the ride.

Sweeper’s Role & Responsibilities

  • The sweeper will be appointed at the start of ride and will be an experienced club rider whose main role is to ensure that riders do not become detached from the group.
  • The sweeper will work in conjunction with the ride captain during the course of the ride.
  • Advises the group of traffic approaching from the rear calling out “Car Back” for example.

Group Ride Key Points

  • The group should ride as a cohesive unit.
  • A group ride is not a race.
  • Riders should hold their line within the group, riding in a consistent manner and refrain from sudden braking.
  • Riders are expected to take their turn at the front of the peloton albeit still under the command of the ride captain.
  • Riders should look out for each other within the group slowing down at times to keep the group together.
  • Good communication within the group being essential
  • Front riders should make it known to the rest of the group when slowing down by verbal communication and hand signals.
  • Riders should not ride more than two abreast unless the road conditions allow.
  • Aim to ride 1 metre apart and 1 metre behind each other.(Dont  overlap Wheels)
  • The group should adopt a single file configuration in order for vehicles to pass safety or when cycling on narrow country lanes.
  • Be courteous to other road users and adhere to the Highway Code.
  • If for some reason you wish to leave the group please advise the Ride Captain, Sweeper or a member of the group of your intensions.
  • Incidents involving third parties are to be reported to a club official as soon as possible for the club to maintain a record of these

Front riders should make the rest of the group aware of hazards such as:

  • Pot Holes
  • Approaching Vehicles (Car up)
  • Other cyclists
  • Walkers
  • Runners
  • People walking dogs
  • Horses
  • Provide a refuge for passing cars by splitting into smaller units where appropriate

Riders at the rear of the group should call out for: 

  • Vehicles approaching from the rear (Car Back)
  • Vehicles coming through


Hand Signals


Slowing Down

Raising and lowering your hand as shown in the image or raise your arm up high for other riders to see.

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Warning of Hazzard 

Pointing down at the road with a circling motion to indicate an obstruction, pothole or drain cover  ETC.


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Pointing Behind Back

Indicates there is an obstruction such as a parked car or pedestrian and that the whole group needs to move in the direction indicated to avoid it.


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Enjoy

By following the guidance given in this policy it is hoped that we can all enjoy many hours of safe and exhilarating cycling.