Milton Keynes Cyclists' Touring Club
      (part of Cycling UK)      

  For ride leaders

    
This page is for the benefit of ride leaders.  There are always ride leaders for the official Sunday MKCTC rides.  

BEFORE THE RIDE STARTS
Ride leaders should always introduce themselves and the ride details before the ride starts.   They should cover the following points:
  • Explain how riders should warn other riders of oncoming traffic or following traffic.
  • Stress the importance of warning following riders if you are braking.
  • Appoint an experienced rider to ride "shot-gun" at the back of the group, to ensure that no one is left behind.   This is especially important if there are new riders in the group.
  • Stress that the riders should never ride more than 2 abreast.
DURING THE RIDE
During the ride, the ride leaders should:
  • Be on the lookout for any problems within the group.
  • In the event that any rider is struggling with the pace of the ride or with a puncture or other mechanical issue, the leader must decide on a course of action.
EXTRA DUTIES IF THERE ARE NEW RIDERS IN THE GROUP
If there are new riders in the group who might be unaware of group riding etiquette, ride leaders should:
  • Explain that riders are responsible for their own safety and should ride accordingly.
  • Ensure that cycles are roadworthy.  In the worst cases, they should consider refusing a rider to join the group.
  • Check that a rider has a spare inner tube, basic tools and pump for puncture repairs.
  • Warn riders without mud-guards in wet weather conditions that they should remain at the rear of the group for the comfort of all other participants.
  • Warn riders during autumn/winter riding and other poor visibility conditions about the need for bike lights.
  • Explain that at all times riders should uphold the spirit of cycling fellowship, including politeness to other riders and road users.