Group riding arrangements
As a general rule, we have groups of six riders on the road as this group size works well for safe riding. If more than six riders turn up for a particular ride, then they can sort themselves into appropriate group sizes on the day. Occasionally it may be appropriate to ride with more than six but in such circumstances the group should be prepared to split on busy and/or narrow roads and may have to split at the café stop.
If there is more than one group riding the same route, then please ensure there are several minutes between groups on the road.
In the event that more thirty riders assemble at the start of the ride, group rides must disperse as quickly as possible.
Red, Blue, Orange and Green+ groups are comprised typically of at least some experienced riders with some local knowledge and a cycle computer with a map/route function. We believe riders in those groups can work together to support each other on the ride.
The exception to this approach is with the Green group where less experienced riders are more likely to begin their club riding. For this group at least one ride leader – an experienced rider – will be pre-designated.
We still need to exercise a degree of caution and operate within existing regulations in relation to Covid-19. Therefore, please:
- do not join a club ride if you have any symptoms of coronavirus, or have been told to self-isolate
- maintain appropriate social distancing during the ride and at any café stop
- do not share equipment, water bottles or food
- make sure you carry a face covering
- exercise good hand hygiene before, during and after your ride
- keep up to date with local and national guidelines.
If a cafe is too busy/over-crowded you should consider trying an alternative café, or taking a break away from a cafe. Please make sure you have enough provisions in the event the ride is unable to stop at a café.
If your group catches up with another for whatever reason please keep separate and with a reasonable distance apart on the road and at cafes. We would suggest making a 10-minute gap as a minimum in the event of groups catching each other.
We would encourage you where possible to download the route to your cycling computer and be able to follow it. In those group rides without a designated team leader, please work together to support each other through the ride.