Ride Rules

Angmering Cycling Club road riding rules

The ride leader:

A ride leader will be appointed before each ride and they will wear a marked ride leader hi-viz vest (or high-viz clothing). The ride leader will stay at the front of the group at all times and must not be overtaken by any riders. Any rider that inadvertently overtakes the ride leader must find a safe place to wait at the earliest opportunity and re-join the group behind the leader.

The ride leader will:

  • Determine if there are circumstances where overtaking can occur, and this will then be communicated to the group with a clear instruction on where the ride will re-group.
  • Build in stops to the ride
  • Communicate the route and stops to the group before commencing the ride
  • Will carry a mobile phone, first aid kit, multi-tool and equipment to fix punctures (this will help cater for guest riders who are not self-sufficient).

If there are sufficient riders in the group the ride leader may appoint a ‘sweeper’ who will remain at the back of the group to ensure no riders are left behind.

With large groups (i.e. above 12 riders), the group will split into two wherever possible. This may mean appointing assistant leaders to manage the second group. The groups should stay within sight of each other but leave a gap between the two groups to enable vehicles to overtake safely by allowing them to overtake in two stages.

The route:

The agreed ride route shall not be changed unless for reasons of safety or road closures, any changes will be at the sole direction of the ride leader.

The riders:

By taking part in a club ride you agree to:

  • Wear a helmet at all times during the ride
  • Be responsible for your own safety and of those around you
  • Check behind and around you before changing your position on the road. Be aware of others around you
  • Be prepared to “single out” when necessary but remain as a tight group
  • Ensuring you and your bike are roadworthy!
  • Carry suitable spares, tools, and clothing and some of your own food and drink so that you are self-reliant
  • Carry at least one form of identification and emergency contact details. Members are issued with CERQL emergency contact helmet stickers, and we encourage you to use these. Give your ICE (In Case of Emergency) details to the ride leader before commencing the ride
  • Observe and obey the rules of the Highway Code. Those riders who endanger themselves, the group or other road users will be cautioned by the ride leader. Failure to rectify riding behaviour will result in being asked to leave the group
  • Never overtake the cyclist ahead on the inside
  • Be prepared for sudden braking in traffic and at other times
  • Never “run” a red light
  • Let the sweeper or leader know if you are getting tired and need to stop
  • Remember the rides are not for racing or beating your friends on Strava! We ride together as a group and encourage a social atmosphere.

Ride communication:

  • Use your eyes, signals and body language to communicate your intentions to the group and other road users (& never be more than 2 abreast)
  • Be prepared to move out as a group into the primary position on the road (i.e. “taking the lane”) when advisable to prevent vehicles “squeezing” the group into the side of the road where the lane is narrow (e.g. past traffic islands and other road furniture).
  • Relay hand signals to those behind you to warn of dangers or changes of direction if it is safe to do so.

The main signals to be aware of are:

Verbal signals:

  • “Car back” – A car is approaching the rear of the group and those riding side by side should revert to single file to allow the car to pass safely.
  • “Car front” – Usually used when on a narrow road to warn of a car approaching the front of the group, those riding side by side should revert to single file when safe to do so.
  • “Ease off” – A general command to reduce the pace of the group, this may be issued because the group is about to stop or to allow gaps in the group to be reduced. May also be accompanied by the ‘stopping’ hand signal.

Hand signals:

Obstruction below:

pothole

Pointing down at the road sometimes with a circling motion to obstruction on road such as a pothole or drain cover that needs to be avoided. Be sensible with this one and only point out major obstacles.

Moving out:

moving_out

Waving/pointing behind back indicates that there is an obstruction such as a parked car or pedestrian and that the whole group needs to move in the direction indicated to avoid it.

Stopping:

stop

Hand straight up in air. Group is stopping for a junction, puncture or because there is an obstruction in the road.

Slowing down:

slow

Move one hand as if gently patting an invisible dog. Group is slowing down or just easing things back a bit.

MTB rides: the rules of riding on roads out to off-road routes, applies equally, but the manner of riding the off-road sections may vary from the above (as advised by the ride leader).

Angmering Cycling Club- Supplementary additional ‘night riding’ rules

    The ride leader:

    Will consult a weather forecast prior to the ride and reserves the right to cancel the ride if deemed necessary.
    Will be required to check that riders are suitably equipped.
    Will fully brief the riders prior to the start with particular emphasis on the hazards and risks of riding at night.
    Will carry in addition to the usual kit an exposure bag/blanket and a comprehensive first aid kit.
    Will establish an Emergency Contact who is briefed on what action to take if the group fails
    to return by the specified time. The EC will have details of the route.
    Will have recently pre-ridden in daylight the route and checked for suitability for night riding.
    Two copies of a map (+compass for off road) must be carried by the ride leader. Ride leader and assistant leader should be competent in navigating accurately at night.
    Will carry an emergency spare light- ideally a handlebar mounted light.

    The riders:
    By taking part in a club night ride you additionally agree to:

    Wear a helmet at all times during the ride
    Wear cycling glasses fitted with clear or low light level lenses
    Wear hi vis clothing (or jacket/bib) for road rides
    Your bike is fitted with a road legal red rear light.
    Your bike is fitted with a road legal handlebar mounted front light with a battery run duration of 2.5hrs minimum. Off-road lights should have 600 lumen+ output and road riders 350 lumen minimum
    Be prepared to ride as a tight single group. We ride together at night for our combined safety and a social atmosphere.
    Carry suitable spares, tools, and additional clothing (windproof/waterproof essential) and some of your own food and drink so that you are self-reliant
    Carry at least one form of identification and emergency contact details. Members are issued with CERQL emergency contact helmet stickers, and we encourage you to use these. Give your ICE (In Case of Emergency) details to the ride leader before commencing the ride.

    Ride description
    MTB Off Road Ride -NIGHT RIDE:
    Rides will be matched to the prevailing ground and weather conditions. Typically of no more than 2hrs ride duration including rest stops. Riders should allow up to 3hrs to allow for briefing, equipment check and unforeseen mechanicals/incidents. Rides will be local and suitable for riders who are competent riding off road on bridleways in daylight.
    Please note that there is no turn up and ride policy for night rides. Riders must pre book a place with the ride leader. Rides cannot be booked more than 7days in advance. Off road night rides will be limited to just 6 riders (plus 2x leaders) due to the additional hazards. The date, start location and time will vary.

    Road Ride -NIGHT RIDE:

    Rides will be matched to the prevailing ground and weather conditions. Typically of no more than 2hrs ride duration including rest stops. Riders should allow up to 3hrs to allow for briefing, equipment check and unforeseen mechanicals/incidents. Rides will be on local roads and include sections without any street lighting. Rides are suitable for riders who feel competent on our intermediate daylight rides.
    Please note that there is no turn up and ride policy for night rides. Riders must pre book a place with the ride leader. Rides cannot be booked more than 7days in advance. Road night rides will be limited to just 8 riders (Plus 2x leaders) due to the additional hazards. The date, start location and time will vary.

    Booking a ride

    These rides are for club members only, due to limited spaces. Please note there is no turn up and ride policy. To allow fair access rides cannot be booked more than 7days in advance.
    Mark Newson is managing these rides and will take bookings for places – please confirm including a contact number to mnewson57@googlemail.com if you wish to attend. Confirmation of a place,
    start location and time will be notified.
    No powerful front light? The club has a small number of lights to loan for the duration of the ride. If required please make this clear on your booking request.