IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR RACC CLUB RIDES
Communication is key during any club ride and it's each riders responsibility to ensure that hand signals and messages are fed up and down the group. We have a large number of riders who are experienced in group riding so if you are new to RACC and group cycling always 'follow the leader' and 'do what we do'. If we all communicate and look out for each other then our goal will be achieved - we will all stay SAFE and enjoy our cycling!
On each club run safety comes first so we will set off in groups so that each ability level is catered for and groups don't get too big out on the road. Groups Of 8 Cyclists Is Good And Can Be Easily Manage By The Group Leader.
Please have a think which group best suits your level of experience, skill, fitness and ability. If you are in any doubt, please speak to John Campbell or any of our group leaders as listed below and they can advise you based on your previous experience and fitness levels.
Identified Group Leaders To Date Are:
|Mark Byers||Lead Group / Race Group|
|Graham McCall||Lead Group / Race Group|
|James Alison||Lead Group / Race Group|
|John Campbell||Lead Group / Race Group|
|Steven Smith||Lead Group / Race Group|
|John McMaster||Steady/ Development Group|
|Derek Malley||Steady/ Development Group|
Please feel free to come aboard and play a leaders role in what's a important link within the club!
Dependant on numbers RACC will have the following groups at each run;
Race Group to start 1st
Lead Group - 2nd
Development Group - 3rd
Steady Group - 4th
The main reason for the groups to start in this order is to accommodate anyone who has a bike mechanical or puncture or can't hold the group that they are cycling in. This will give them time to fix their bike and then be able to join one of the following groups coming up from behind.
RUN PREPARATION / SAFETY
We expect all our members and those who are joining our group to make sure your bike is safe - check your chain, brakes, wheels, rims and steering. Also ensure that nothing is loose (especially mudguards).
Check your tyres - worn tyres are the single biggest preventable cause of punctures. Multiple punctures, apart from being a pain, won't endear you to other riders waiting for you on a cold day!! Make sure you know how to fix a puncture !!
You are likely to need the following equipment:
Individuals take part in any group rides at their own risk. RACC and its club members accept no responsibility for the safety of anyone participating in group rides, and no liability in the event of an accident. We expect each participant in our club rides to consider their own safety as well as others in the group as a priority.