To get the most enjoyment out of group riding it’s important to consider that you meet the minimum level of proficiency. All riders should be able to:
If you don’t know if you’re quite up to this level of riding, we do offer riding clinics, coached rides, casual Saturday coffee rides, off-season gravel rides, and opportunities to connect with other cyclists for impromptu unofficial rides. Please check out our rides & events or contact us with any questions.
For safety reasons, our road rides will only accommodate road bikes with drop bars. No hybrid, triathlon, time-trial, mountain bikes, or e-bikes. Aero bars are not permitted. Bikes must be equipped with clipless pedals and riders with cycling shoes. No bikes with pedal cages will be allowed to participate.
Our gravel rides are usually on gravel bikes that can handle the dykes and gravel trails but we also allow hybrid and hard-tail mountain bikes with flat bars.
All riders must be self-sufficient and should have the tools and equipment to repair a flat, have food and water, and clothing appropriate for the weather. We recommend the following:
For our gravel rides it’s also recommended to bring a bell for the shared gravel trails and a front light with minimum 1500 lumens for our Thursday night rides.
Whether you’re a competitive A-level rider or joining your first-ever group ride, we ask that all members review and follow these essential group riding tips and signals.
Single Pace Line
The function of a pace line is to work as a group, together, to use the least amount of energy to go the fastest speed possible over a given distance.
We typically ride is a singe pace line, with the rider at the front “pulling” the riders behind. The group takes turns pulling with the rider out front moving to the left and dropping to the back of the line, and the next rider taking over on the front. Check out this vid on pacelines.
“Hold your line” is a term cyclists sometimes hear. It means you should keep a predictable line (parallel to the edge of the road), and in line with other riders in your group. Do not speed up, move from side to side, or behave in a way that makes it unsafe for other riders.
Never “half wheel” or “cross wheel.” Half-wheeling is when one of your wheels is overlapping with a wheel of another rider in a pace line. Either pull ahead of a slower rider, or hang back, but never in between. This is dangerous as the other rider could make a sideways move and cause both of you to crash.
Follow the rules of the road
When we wear our club kit, we are ambassadors for the club. Take the high road with aggressive drivers, don’t blow through red lights or stop signs, and be polite with other road users.
Use hand signals and/or call out to indicate your intentions or to point out hazards such as glass, potholes, bollards or train tracks. In a pace line, pass the message along to riders behind you. Shout “Car Up” or “Car Back” to indicate approaching vehicles. See these common hand signals in action!