Get on your bike, we ride together

Riding bikes is what the club is all about and we always wanted the emphasis of our club to be on the social element, so a club ride is meant to be just that – a social experience where the group rides together at a suitable pace for all.

There are several groups and we work very hard to encourage people to ride with the appropriately paced group. We have a policy that “nobody gets left behind on a club ride”, so newcomers are encouraged to start with one of the slower-paced groups to get a feel for club riding and be the ones who need to move into a faster group next time rather than worrying that they can’t keep up on their first ride.

The rides are published on the Calendar page, where riders can sign up, see who else is planning to ride and click through to see and download the route from RidewithGPS.com. If you don’t have a GPS you are advised to either print the map or write yourself some directions, as we do expect everyone to know where they are going and be able to get themselves and their group back if necessary.

The Sunday rides always start in the Cranleigh Leisure Centre carpark.  Meet up times are 8.15am for an 8.30 start in the summer months, and 8.45 for a 9am start during daylight saving hours.  This applies unless there is an event planned, details of which would be given in the newsletter. Check the calendar for midweek rides and the Saturday Cake Ride hosted by Beyond Bikes.

Non-members are welcome to join in on all the rides for a total of four rides.  This is for insurance reasons and after this, they must join the club.   Please let us know if you plan to ride but are not a member.  You must carry a photo ID and an emergency contact number on your person  to ride with the club, as do all club members.

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Group Riding Responsibilities

As a friendly, community-based, cycling club, we welcome you to come and ride with us. All we ask is that you follow a few guidelines to make your riding – and that of the rest of the group – as safe and enjoyable as possible.

SAFETY FIRST

  1. Members take part in club rides at their own risk.

  2. We recommend 3rd party liability insurance (e.g. British Cycling membership).

  3. Ensure your bike is roadworthy. Check tyres, brakes, cleats etc. Ride with necessary tools to change a puncture.

  4. Bring appropriate clothing & equipment: helmet (this is mandatory), lighting, mobile phone, warm and rainproof garments as necessary.

  5. Bring your membership card or guest form complete with emergency contact details including any important medical or allergy information that can be easily accessed by other group riders in case of emergency.

  6. Follow the Highway Code. Ride predictably and smoothly with no sudden changes in pace or direction. Avoid hard braking.

  7. Ride 2 abreast if the road allows for it, but single out or split into smaller groups where necessary to allow vehicles to pass or where the road is narrow with blind corners and hill crests. No 3 abreast riding.

  8. Communicate with the group:

    • “Car up!” – vehicle approaching from the front

    • “Car back!” – vehicle approaching from the rear

    • “On the left” – accompanied by putting left hand behind the back warns of an obstruction on the nearside (e.g. parked car) 

    • “Slowing!“

    • “Stopping!“

    • “Single Out!” – need to move from pairs to single-file riding

    • “Split!” – split the group to help cars pass.

    • “Hole!” – accompanied by pointing at the hazard

    • “Clear!” – at a junction (please double check),

    • “Car right” – at a junction

    • “Car left” – at a junction.

  9. Pass along communication from the back of the group e.g. “puncture,” or “ease up” so that the whole group can slow or stop, and always act on shouted instructions as quickly as possible.

  10. Signal: Always check behind you and signal your intention to move out of or into a line of riders.

  11. Don’t overlap wheels with the rider in front.

(updated Nov 2018)