Rules and Etiquette for Riding in a Group

Leighton Buzzard Triathlon Club wants riders to gain maximum enjoyment from their group rides. We would like everyone to make a point of reading and following these simple points. We have taken the opportunity to include items that may help beginners and advanced cyclists alike.

Safety and Risk Management

  • All riders who take part in group rides do so at their own risk
  • Please consider your own conduct during a ride
  • We will politely point out any deviations to the rider(s) concerned, and if we consider there to be a risk of accident or injury we will exclude offenders from the group ride.
  • Consider a suitable public liability insurance policy for cycling
  • Consider joining Triathlon England, which includes 3rd Party insurance and free legal assistance should you need to claim against someone else.

Warning Calls When Riding in a Group.

These calls and signals are universal to all experienced cyclists – please use them at the appropriate times and try to follow hand gestures:

  • “Car up” There is a vehicle coming up behind the group
  • “Car ahead” There is a vehicle approaching towards
  • “Single out” vehicle unable to pass the 2 abreast column safely
    •  Outside rider drops back behind the inside rider
    •  Slow up and create spaces in the inside file
  • “Clear” and “Car on Left/Right” call alerts riders at junctions
  • “Pothole” that could cause a rider to fall.
  • “On the Left/Right” A general warning of some kind of hazard
  • “Stopping” “Slowing” “Easy” “Right Hand moving in an up and down action”.
  • If you brake without letting those behind know your intention they can easily run into you
  • “Puncture” Let others know we will wait while you repair it.
  • “Horse(s)” take special care.
    • Pass as widely as possible.
    • Make sure horse and rider are aware of your presence
    • Keep pedaling slowly too keep noise to a minimum
    • Let others know if you are unable to keep up

Let others know if you are unable to keep up

To ensure we can contact you and we know who is on each ride please text your name to the ride leader’s mobile.

General Etiquette

  • Ride steadily. Keep a steady line and constant speed
  • No racing. Only pass ride leader if invited / directed
  • Do not overtake the rider/riders at the head of the group unless invited / directed
  • Only ride two abreast where it as safe to do so be prepared
  • Ride immediately behind the rider in front – do not overlap either forwards or sideways.
  • Never ride more than two abreast.
  • When approaching a hill anticipate gradient, change gear in good time.
  • Follow the requirements of the Highway Code as they apply to cyclists
  • Follow the guidance from your leaders.
  • Treat members of the group and other road users with courtesy.
  • Acknowledge with a wave courteous behavior by other road users.
  • Do not “wave through” a following vehicle
  • Do not react to bad driving incidents with gestures etc.
  • Ride with the group which best suits your ability.
  • Visitors and potential members are welcome but should be encouraged to apply for membership after their second ride.

Helpful Hints for New Cyclists

  • Some general fitness is necessary
  • Don’t try to push yourself too hard,
  • Carry personal details
  • Carry drinks and food,
  • Riders aged 16 and 17 may ride with parental approval and will otherwise be treated as adults.
  • Wear cycle-specific clothing
  • Carry enough tools including a spare tube

ALL RIDERS MUST WEAR A HELMET – no helmet no ride

  • Mudguards prevent you getting wet and dirty
  • Keep your bike in good condition
  • Make sure that you do not provide ammunition to the anti-cyclists lobby and where your club colours with pride.

Most importantly ride safe and enjoy!