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: