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Road Captains, Sweepers And Rovers


As a Road Captain, you have certain responsibilities to the group you are leading. While all CMR members are always, always responsible for themselves and their equipment, common courtesy should come into play if an emergency arises.

I know our Road Captains thus far have been seasoned riders, experienced in leading a group, and need no guidelines on how to do this. However, for the benefit of anyone wanting to lead for the first time, or has no experience leading, here are a few guidelines

The person leading the ride, the Road Captain, has charge of the ride. He/She will make the determination of where the ride will go and the scheduled stops. This person will also set the pace of the ride. Setting the pace requires setting the ride pace on the Meetup site prior to the ride so that people will know what to expect before saying “yes” to a ride.

If you are leading the meet up ride, please check the web site an hour prior to the meet up time for any new RSVP’s so you will know who is coming. Wait 15 min. past the meet up time, if possible, for anyone running late.. OR make it very clear on the Meetup that you will be leaving precisely at the stated time. If plans change, please try and get it posted at least 1 hour prior to the meet up time. It would be best if members know how to contact you in the event an emergency arises at the last moment.

Check with the riders prior to leaving to see if there are any that need frequent gas stops. As this group is open to all bikes, some may have smaller tanks than others. Make yourself available to the riders prior to leaving so if anyone has concerns, they will feel free to voice them. It is better to know if you have an inexperienced rider in the group before you ride.

Please be aware of the number of riders you leave with and be prepared for emergencies that could arise. All riders are responsible for themselves and their equipment, but should something happen that a member is not prepared for, common courtesy is to help them even if that means the ride is over. Do what you can to help them, or call for help and stay with them until it arrives.

Try and keep the ride on schedule if at all possible. If you have to change the route and/or stops, please inform the group. If threatening weather moves in, please take action immediately. Stop somewhere so riders can put on their rain suits. If the weather is bad enough, find somewhere to wait out the storm.

Please designate someone as Sweep rider and if the group is large, designate as many Rovers as you feel necessary for the size of the group.


A Sweeper follows the entire group to ensure that nobody gets left behind. This person is also responsible for keeping the rear of the group with the front. If a Sweeper has to stop, then he/she must either designate someone to catch up with the rest of the group to inform them of the stop or the Sweeper may need to temporarily leave the rear riding group to catch up to the others. If all riders are doing their part to ensure that the Lead rider is informed if the riders behind them have dropped out of sight, it should be easy for the Sweeper or another designated rider to catch up with the group to communicate the separation. Once the Lead rider is informed of the separation, they should find a safe place to pull over and wait for the remaining riders to join the group

The Sweeper must also know the route the ride is taking and the planned stops.

Every group ride needs a Sweep Rider. If you would be willing to ride sweep, please let the Road Captain or the organizer know


A Rover is an extension of control between the front of the group and the back. They will relay actual or potential problems between the front and rear of the group such as speed, mechanical issues, the need for Fuel, or even a suggested meal and pit stops. A ride with more than 10 bikes needs 1 Rover; over 20 bikes 2 and so on. There may be rides where Rovers are not needed or desired and this will be determined by the riding conditions, the size of the group, and the Road Captain. For instance when there is no room for anyone moving in and out of the group on narrow two lane roads or tight traffic conditions in a city.

The Rover must also know the route the ride is taking and the planned stops.

If you would like to be a Rover, please let the Road Captain or the Organizers know that you are willing to help out in this capacity.

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2013 Rides August 14, 2015 7:59 PM anonymous
2012 Rides January 3, 2013 9:51 PM anonymous
2011 Rides January 3, 2013 9:36 PM anonymous
2010 Rides June 11, 2016 1:20 PM anonymous
2009 Rides June 11, 2016 1:15 PM anonymous
Waiver April 13, 2010 9:40 PM anonymous
Too Many E-Mails July 31, 2009 5:48 PM anonymous
Ride Code's July 31, 2009 4:52 PM anonymous
Road Captains, Sweepers And Rovers July 31, 2009 4:55 PM anonymous
Meetup Etiquette August 21, 2009 11:40 PM anonymous
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