Riding Safely in a Group
Cycling in a group is great fun but requires additional care compared to cycling on your own. Be aware that riders are cycling at their own risk at all times.
Riding behind another cyclist can reduce effort by up to 50% so generally people can cycle longer distances more easily in a group .
The following guidelines should be observed:
- ride in single file when appropriate, and never more than two abreast
- when riding “doubled up” try to keep pace with the rider next to you – it’s not a race
- if you are at the back of the group when riding on a narrow singletrack road and you realise that a car is waiting to overtake, shout “tail” to signal this to the riders in front and let them know to move into single file
- if you are at the front of the group when riding on a narrow singletrack road and you see a car approaching, shout “nose” to signal this to the riders behind and let them know to move into single file
- if your “nose/tail” signal is ignored, you may wish to shout “SINGLE UP!”
- when riding in fairly close formation, always remember to call out obstacles (potholes etc) so that riders behind you will be aware of them .
see also group ride