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Sep 21, 2017

Group Riding Advice

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Some things to think about... call them tips, call them ettiquette, or just call them garbage. Your call, but hopefully these are some things that make you think.


Establishing a Route

  • Decide the route the day before and distribute it in advance so people can be prepared

  • If it is windy, plan to ride into the wind for the beginning, and plan the route accordingly

  • If it is a hilly route, try not to put the big hills in the beginning as it will kill morale for the less accomplished riders

  • If the weather looks like it might turn bad, consider a circle route with parts that allow for cutting the route short if necessary

  • Leave on time



  • Lead rider should try to keep their effort constant

  • If going up hill, don't maintain the pace, maintain the effort

  • If going down hill, pick up the pace to keep the level of effort constant

  • If the pack is intended to stay together, keep the lead rider informed if gaps are forming so that they can correct

  • Don't drop your effort when you are taking a drink, practice doing so without "pausing"

  • Same with getting out of the saddle, do it on a downstroke to prevent pushing the bike back

  • Practice looking back over your shoulder without drifting. Tip, drop your opposite elbow/shoulder when looking back and it should help keep you going straight


Hope you find this useful!



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