Severn Valley Velo

Gateway to Cycling for All

Club Rides – Guidelines

Severn Valley Velo Club Runs are informal group rides taking place on public roads, and as such, it is expected that all those taking part will obey the Highway Code and instructions given by the run leader.

Please ride sensibly, with thought for your own safety and that of other club members and road users.

Before setting off make sure you know the destination / cafe stop, approximate distance and intended average speed and do not join a ride if you are not able to meet these objectives.

 Be Prepared:

 Wear suitable clothing for the expected weather conditions

 Bring suitable waterproofs if necessary

 Carry appropriate tools and pump to fix a puncture (including spare inner tubes)

 Take money for emergencies and for use in the café

 Carry a drinks bottle and suitable energy bar or food

 Make sure your bike is in roadworthy condition, pay particular attention to tyres and brakes

 Carry some form of ID and emergency contact details

 Ride no more than 2 abreast, and be prepared to ride single file on busy or main roads, when passing other groups of cyclists, or at any other time when instructed to by the runs leader.

 No single group should exceed 15 riders. If there are more than 15 riders on any club run the run should split into two distinct groups of roughly equal sizes leaving a sufficient gap between for any vehicles to pull into safely.

 We aim to maintain a steady pace bearing in mind the capability of the riders on the Club run. We do our best not to leave anyone behind but a reasonable rate of progress needs to be made and participants should ensure that they are self-sufficient and able to complete the ride alone if necessary.

 The leader will be at, or near the front of the group and will dictate the pace of the ride. Any riders in front of the leader will be guided by him as to what pace he the group will proceed at.

 Those riding within the group should be aware of riders that are behind and should immediately warn the leader if anybody has ‘dropped off the back’. It is particularly important for those riding in the middle of the group to warn the leader if a gap develops.

 If a rider intends to leave the group and make their own way at some point during the ride, or is unable to stay with the group and are unsure of being able to return on their own, they should inform the run leader.

 When in the group ride at a steady pace in tight formation. Follow the wheel in front, and always consider that there will be other members of the group following your wheel. Do not accelerate or brake suddenly.

 When cars or other vehicles are trying to pass the run they should only be called on by the lead riders, and then only when the road ahead is clear and suitable for overtaking. It may be necessary to single out to allow traffic to pass safely.

 Where possible indicate to other riders any obstacles on the road, i.e. pot holes, parked cars, pedestrians, glass or other debris.

 When encountering horses, slow down, communicate with their riders, and then pass single file when it is safe to do so. Do not shout, or undertake any action that may startle the horse.

 Please remember, we are all ambassadors for our sport and pastime of cycling, and as such we should always consider our behaviour towards other road users and the impression of us they take home.

It is important to understand that, when you go on a club run, you are not being ‘taken out’ by an organiser who is responsible for your safety and wellbeing. You are part of a group of individuals on a joint excursion, each of whom tacitly accepts the risks inherent to group cycling on public roads, some of which may be poorly maintained or slippery. Club run leaders will do their best to look after the group but they cannot be expected to take responsibility for any eventuality.