Leaders’ phone numbers
Unless you have made a previous arrangement with them, these mobile numbers should only be for texts and calls about a ride the person listed is leading. Download .pdf for printing
Riding in a group
If you have not ridden in a group before make sure to read the Cycling UK Group Rider Checklist. For a fuller guide to the etiquette of group riding see The Wheel Easy! guide to cycling in a group. The following points concern specific issues that have arisen repeatedly in the group.
Contacting the leader during your ride
In order to coordinate the ride effectively the leader needs to be informed about what the riders are doing. These mobile numbers are provided for that reason. Use these numbers if you have a problem during the ride and are unable to pass a message up the peloton. Be prepared to leave a voice message or text. The leader may not be able to take your call or reply immediately.
Leaders will sometimes choose a bridleway as a small part of a route. If you have concerns about this you should contact the leader before the ride or in Exhibition Square before you set off.
Make a gap
It is easy to get carried away chatting to other riders and to forget the needs of other road users. On roads where there is motor traffic all Wheelers should split into smaller sub groups leaving gaps in between to allow traffic to pass. The general rule is, if there are 8 or more riders immediately in front of you when singled out, or 8 pairs when riding 2 abreast, pull back and make a gap. Tell riders who come to overtake you that that is what you are doing.
Passing the leader
Riders in the group shouldn’t in general pass the leader but there is no reason why stronger riders cannot zoom up the climbs, as long as they wait at the top for the rest of the group to catch up. On no account must undue pressure be placed on another rider to speed-up or slow-down. Everyone is encouraged to stay together – we must not deter any member of the group from enjoying the ride.
Leaving the ride
On the way home riders will peal off at different points in the ride. When you are about to leave the ride, please try to inform the leader directly, or by passing a message up the peloton.
Please use a bike with mudguards and consider fitting an additional mudflap. If caught out without mudguards by unexpected wet weather please ride at the back of the group where you will not spray other riders.
We always intend to be back before dark but you should always take lights on those dingy winter days in case we are late back or just to be seen.