I’ll leave Armitage and Damen promptly at 7:30 am and pick up riders along the way. Please read the information posted below.
Route for the way out: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/218348897
- This is a no-drop ride. We start and finish as a group; no one is left behind.
- We’ll ride at the pace of the slowest rider. However, this is not a beach cruise; we want to challenge ourselves! The point of this ride is to get comfortable riding in a group, build endurance, and most importantly have fun.
- We’ll stop as a group for mechanicals and help, but you’re expected to have your own supplies: spare tube, pump or CO2 cartridges, and tire levers. Your equipment should be in good working order.
- A road bike is recommended, but whatever you ride, you should make your bike as light as possible. Remove your lock (you don’t need it), and only carry what you absolutely need.
- We’ll be riding on streets with traffic, so you should be comfortable doing so. We will stop for red lights and follow general safety rules of the road, including riding no more than two abreast. We’ll ride single file if conditions warrant.
- You ride at your own risk and agree to this if you join this ride.
- We’ll end the ride with coffee (location can vary).
We will follow basic group ride etiquette. This is for everyone’s safety. Here are some important points to remember:
- If you’re at the front, point out obstacles in the road, and use hand signals to indicate slowing or stopping (we can review these on the ride for anyone who is unfamiliar). There is no need to yell out! If the rider in front of you points out an obstacle, pass it down the line to the rider behind you. Get comfortable keeping one hand on your bars and pointing with the other; practice this on a side road, with both your left and right hand.
- A group ride is not a race and you’re not there to prove anything to the group. If you’re at the front, it’s your responsibility to keep a steady pace.
- Don’t become mesmerized by the wheel directly in front of you! Look further ahead in the group and watch for signs of slowing and other signals.
- Get comfortable riding next to another cyclist. Riding side-by-side is not only efficient in a group, it’s enjoyable: get to know the person next to you!
- Ride predictably: ride in a straight line, maintain a steady speed, and make no sudden moves – which can be dangerous in a group.
- Don’t “half wheel” the person in front of you. This means that you should stay behind the rider in front of you; don’t overlap your front wheel with their back wheel.
- If you’re at the back and you see a gap start to form (or if it's you that is falling back), alert the riders in front of you to adjust their speed accordingly. Don't be shy!
- If you're the leader and going to pass another cyclist or group of cyclists, simply say (for example) "6 riders on your left" or "group on your left" to let them know it's more than one person going to pass. Again, no need to yell as this may actually startle someone.