Ride Rules and Etiquette


Ride Rules and Etiquette

  • Club rides are intended to help every member achieve their recreational and training goals.
  • Our rides are NOT races.  Each member is expected to ride safely.
  • Our rides are open to visitors.
  •  Obey all traffic laws.  No exceptions!
  • All visitors will be asked to ride at the back of the group for at least the first visit. Even if you have extensive group riding experience but are new to Velo Allegro rides, arrive early, introduce yourself as a new rider and sign the VA waiver prior to departure
  • If any new rider is under the age of 18 he or she must have a parent or guardian present to sign the wavier.
  • Non-members who ride with us on a regular basis will be expected to join the club. 
  • Helmets are mandatory!  Any member or visitor without a helmet will be asked to leave the ride!
  • Mobile phones and iPods with ear phones are discouraged.  Texting is not allowed!!       If you can’t leave them at home, the law says one ear only!
  • Members are expected to wear their Velo Allegro kits when riding with the club. This to dissuade other riders who we come upon on the road from pushing their way into the middle of our club rides creating a safety hazard. Please be respectful and explain to them we do this for all our safety and ask them to please move to the back of the group
  • Always be courteous toward motorists and other cyclists.  DO NOT block traffic or ignore basic rules of the road. 
  • Always carry Emergency ID with you at all times.
  • Stay alert at all times. Keep reading the dynamics of the group and road, they can change very quickly.
  • Be communicative about potential road hazards. Communicate clearly to cyclists behind when stopping, slowing or turning.
  • Group rides are to be no more than two riders wide except when passing other riders.
  • Hold your line and do not swerve. If you need to move left or right, do so gradually after checking for other riders and pointing out your move to make fellow riders aware of your intentions.
  • Don’t overlap wheels by putting your front wheel next to the rear wheel of the rider in front of you. An evasive move by the rider in front will immediately take you down. Always remain behind the bike(s) in front unless passing.
  • Don’t half-wheel your partner.  When riding side by side, keep your front wheel even with that of your partner.  Being wheel-to-wheel and shoulder-to-shoulder ensures a tight double paceline and increases overall safety.
  • Be careful when looking back.  Looking back causes even skilled riders to swerve, which can cause a crash. If you must look back, ask the person next to you if you can put your hand on their shoulder. That will keep you riding straight. Also position your hands closer to the stem for more control.
  • Use a relaxed grip with your thumbs under the bar for full control when riding over minor road hazards. Keep your shoulders down (not up against your neck) and bring your elbows down and in so that they’re slightly bent.
  • When riding it is best to rest your hands over your brake hoods rather than on the top of the bar. In an emergency, you won’t have enough time to move your hands to the brakes and stop in time.
  • Focus on the rider(s) ahead. Don’t make the common mistake of focusing on the back wheel in front of you. Look up at the shoulders of the riders ahead and occasionally look at the road ahead so you can see what’s going on and be prepared for sudden changes.
  • Don’t brake unless absolutely necessary. If you must brake, do so lightly to scrub off a little speed. You can also slow down by sitting upright and catching more wind in your chest.
  • Warn of hazards. Keep on the lookout for things that could cause problems (rocks, potholes, damp pedestrian crossing lines, etc.) and shout out a warning or point out the hazard.
  • Pass carefully. Look to your sides to make sure it is clear.  You may even verbally warn the rider ahead that you are coming by.
  • If you get tired, move to the rear. Fatigue leads to poor reaction time which can cause an accident. It’s safer to go to the back of the group than to remain in the middle of the action.  Tell those around you that you’re dropping back so it’s a safe move.
  • Do your business at the rear of the group.  If you need to take your vest, arm warmers, wipe your sunglasses, eat a gel, etc.  Any activity that involves removing your hands from the bars and taking your attention away from the group should be done at the back to avoid a crash.
  • When standing from a seated position maintain a constant pedal stroke and speed.  DO NOT allow your bike to stall as you stand.  It may cause a crash if the rider behind you hits your rear wheel.
  • If you have a mishap (flat, mechanical, etc.), remain calm. Raise your hand to indicate to those around you that you’re experiencing a problem and need to pull over. Slowly slide out of the pace line and move to the side of the road.
  • If you are leading a group ride begin pedaling slowly when starting up from a stop sign or traffic signal. Riders behind you need a few seconds to clip in. Keeping the pack together helps to maintain safety.
  • While in a rotating paceline, if you find that you are unable to take a pull, remain in the line of riders and if possible, indicate to riders around you that you need some recovery time.
  • Maintain a riding style to that of the group. Do not go to the front of the pack and purposely slow the pace. If the pace is too fast then remain at the back.
  • Bring along enough water and food for the ride you are on
  • Make sure you bike is in good working order and you are carrying tools, tubes, CO2 and levers

Remember… Ride Safe… Ride Smart… Have fun !!!

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