Ride Leader Guidelines
Being a ride leader is not onerous. You get to choose the route, the pace, and the coffee shop. Plus you can write (almost) anything you like in the ride report!
Give it a go.
1. Pick a route. One of your favourite rides?
2. Use Google, Map My Ride or similar to calculate the approximate distance (or ask one of the more experienced ride leaders to assist with this).
3. If any part of the route is unknown to you, ride (or drive) it to check for suitability, hazards, etc.
4. Assess the ride against the ride types listed on the GTC web pages. Easy, Medium or Long?
5. Try to choose the most appropriate of the "standard" starting points. Check the existing ride calendar for examples.
6. Pass the route, distance, ride type, start time and suitable dates on to the Secretary/Ride Coordinator for inclusion in the next calendar. Keep the Web Master informed of any changes and extra details.
7. Plan for emergencies. Bring a First Aid kit, ride sheet (download from the web site or available from the Secretary), basic tools, spare tube and puncture repair kit. Be aware of emergency phone numbers for police, ambulance etc. ie 000.
BEFORE STARTING THE RIDE
1. Ensure all riders provide their details on the Ride Sheet.
2. Count the number of riders.
3. Speak to any new riders. Ensure they know what to expect and their bike and equipment is appropriate and their abilities are suitable for the Ride Category.
4. Co-opt an experienced rider to be the "Tail End Charlie" or "Kelpie".
5. Explain the route, the intended destination, and any important points on the route. This may help riders to find the group if they become separated.
6. Explain that if they leave the ride, they need to inform you or the Tail End Charlie.
12. Review safety issues for group riding:
Obeying road rules and being considerate of other road or path users
Not riding more than two abreast, and single file when appropriate.
Giving clear verbal indications of intentions eg "slowing"?, "stopping"?, "passing"? etc .
Using standard hazard calls eg "glass", "car back"?, "walker up"? etc.
At each turn, making sure the rider behind you has seen the turn (in order to follow).
DURING THE RIDE
1. Assess your group. Consider splitting a large group of mixed abilities in two.
2. Ensure the pace suits the least strong/experienced members of the group. This is most important as they may be reluctant to express their concerns. If they decide that GTC rides are too hard for them, they may not come back.
3. It's a ride, not a race. Take breaks. Check numbers. Make sure that the last person to arrive is well rested before the group continues.
4. Give safety calls where appropriate eg "single file"? where the road is narrow or has double white lines etc.
5. Ensure all riders make each turn.
AFTER THE RIDE
1. Account for all riders.
2. Invite feedback.
3. Send a brief ride report and any photographs to the Web Master.
GTC Rider Guidelines
Participating in Club rides:
Before the ride:
1. Familiarise yourself with the Victorian Road Law for Cyclists. An easy-to-read pdf guide is available from the Victoria Law Foundation: http://www.victorialawfoundation.org.au/sites/default/files/resources/Bike_Law_0.pdf
2. Ensure that your bike is in good repair. You should have a bell, pump, puncture repair kit or spare tube, tyre levers, a water bottle and clothing appropriate to the weather conditions.
3. Be seen and be safe - consider the visibility of your clothing and the use of your bike light on busy roads, dull days and wet weather.
4. The Club has limited insurance cover for Club members on Club rides. Consider taking insurance to cover all other riding circumstances. Cycling-specific insurance cover is available through Bicycle Network, Cycling Australia, Bike Safe and some commercial providers.
5. If you are unsure of your ability to complete the ride contact the ride leader prior to the ride.
6. Check web site for any late changes to the ride.
On the ride:
1. Ensure you sign in and provide contact information on the Ride Sheet carried by the Ride Leader
2. Obey the road rules - please remember that your behaviour reflects on the Club and all cyclists.
3. While it is perfectly legal to ride two abreast, it is courteous to other traffic and the club chooses to ride single file where the road is narrow, has double white lines or heavy traffic or where visibility is limited such as when approaching a bend or crest.
4. Some riders do not like riding in close proximity to others, especially when road or traffic conditions are not ideal. If this applies to you speak up and ask the rider beside or behind you to "move up" or "drop back".
5. Keep to the left on shared paths. Use your bell when approaching pedestrians or other cyclists from behind.
6. Alert the rider in front before passing - always pass on the outside.
7. Leave plenty of room between yourself and the rider in front to allow for unexpected stops. If you have to stop, alert the riders behind you before using the brakes.
8. Avoid stopping near intersections and when stopped, ensure your bike is clear of the road edge and is not obstructing other road/path users.
9. Alert the group to hazards e.g. broken glass, approaching cars, other cyclists or pedestrians.
10. Notify the leader or tail end Charlie if you leave the group before the official completion of the ride.