ride leader responsibilities

  • Introduce self and brief the group on the route, ride-goals, safety, known road or traffic issues, and weather concerns.
  • Ensure all participants meet the above minimum requirements.
  • Try to determine if riders new to the group are in fact, in an appropriate group.
  • Identify non-club members and permit them to ride only if they sign the one-ride liability waiver.
  • Maintain a rider count and ensure all riders return.
  • Inform riders to notify the ride leader if they want to leave the group. If a rider leaves but tells no one, the Ride Leader and probably other riders will believe the rider has been dropped and will begin searching for them.
  • Match youth or new riders with a riding buddy or two. 
  • Warn riders who do not adhere to the requirements/guidelines or who otherwise are creating hazards during a club ride. At the discretion of the Ride Leader, an offending rider may be removed from the club ride and shown/escorted to a route the cyclist can take back.
  • If the Ride Leader believes a bicycle appears to be a safety hazard to the rider or others, he/she has the responsibility to deny the cyclist inclusion in the group ride unless the problem is corrected.
  • Coach riders on their individual and group riding responsibilities.
  • Make fair and impartial decisions that are consistent with the club’s by-laws.
  • Stop the group to provide assistance, as needed, if a rider has a mechanical breakdown or flat tire.
  • Decide how much recovery time to give a rider who is struggling to keep in contact with the group. It is understood that riders who are riding with a faster group may struggle. Allowing for recovery time may encourage the rider who is “moving up” to come back to the group for the next ride. However, if a cyclist continues to struggle week after week, the rider should be assigned to a slower group.
  • Recruit a volunteer to aid a rider who cannot complete the ride with the group. The escort and rider can complete the route or return to the start.
  • Leave on time. Stragglers will only be late once.
  • Conduct the group ride at the expected average pace:
    • A Group: 18+ mph
    • B Group: 16-18 mph
    • C Group: 14-16 mph
    • Alt-C Group: 12-14 mph
    • Social Group: 12 mph or less




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