Social Ride Leader Guidelines
IBC Social Rides essential guidance
– Helmets are obligatory for all Club rides (note no TT helmets)
– No fixed gear or time trial bikes
1. A ride leader must make him\herself known within their group prior to starting the social ride
2. Basic IBC rules for group safety on the roads
a. Hand signals (stop, slowing, uneven surface, traffic obstruction, left/right turn)
b. Voice commands (road obstacles, stopping, slowing, vehicle up, vehicle down, puncture, turning left, turning right)
c. At no point should half wheeling be accepted
d. Navigation. Explain a brief route of the direction of travel for the days ride
e. Passing messages. Explain the importance of everyone passing message back and forwards along the group
3. Ride discipline
a. Group sizes no more than 10 riders unless absolutely necessary (at sole discretion of ride leader)
b. When available two ride leaders per group
c. Groups are to ride two abreast where possible and single file where required
d. Keep the ride at a controlled pace to ensure all riders complete it together
e. Keep a controlled pace when climbing and descending hills keeping the group as one unit
f. Support weaker riders encouraging them on more difficult parts of the route
g. Junction discipline ensuring the group enters and leaves a junction in a safe way as one unit
h. If the group gets split the leader is to ensure the remaining riders pull over in a safe place to enable the riders to re-group
4. Ride etiquette
a. Keep under control any rider that may demonstrate aggressive behaviour and bad language while riding
b. Topics of conversation are not to offend anyone riding or at café stops given riders are representing their Club in public
c. Ride leaders to move around the groups talking to riders ensuring there are no issues. Ride leaders are asked not to sit on the front for the entirety of a ride but encourage all others to share turns (see ‘through-and-off’ below)
5. Bike handling
a. Talk new riders through the reasoning we why voice and hand commands are so important
b. Explain the importance of riding as a group and how it can help cover a lot more distance at a higher speed
c. Rotate riders on the front of a group ride to gain experience
d. Where possible use ride techniques such as ‘through-and-off’, which is encouraged for all ride groups (whether blue, red or black) to improve individual rider and group skills
a. Ride leaders should be made aware of any road closures/ works where possible
b. If possible one rider per group will have a GPS navigation device
c. Rider leaders should have the full address and phone number of the cafe stop
d. Ride leaders should give a brief description of the route the group is about to undertake
7. Ride Admin
a. Social Ride Secretary will ensure all ride leaders have a copy of the most up- to-date emergency contact list for the ride groups
b. Ensure all riders have the correct rider gear (helmet, puncture repair/spare tube etc)
c. Hydration/ food. Talk to riders to ensure they have appropriate food and drink for the ride they are about to undertake, and encourage these to be consumed during the ride
d. Ensure all riders have the appropriate clothing for the weather conditions on the day of the ride
e. Social Ride Secretary to publish any cafe location address on weekly updates to ensure all riders have geographical awareness of the ride on the day
f. Where possible each group should have a first aid trained rider
8. Ride leader Selection
a. Candidate should make him/her self known to a ride leader.
b. Candidate receives a copy of IBC Ride Rules and IBC Rider Leaders Guide lines.
c. Candidate must be able to give verbal directions of the route to a senior ride leader, and demonstrate a basic ride brief for the group going out.
d. Candidate carries out a ride assisting and watching a ride leader.
e. Candidate carries out a minimum of two rides with a mentor help.
f. Senior ride leader assess candidates ride leader capability.
g. If required carry out more mentoring for candidate then assess again.
h. A candidate becomes a ride leader and takes their own ride out.
9. Riders group selection.
a. Riders new to group riding skills should start on a Green ride.
b. Riders with a small amount of knowledge of group riding should start with a Blue ride.
c. Riders moving from another club with basic knowledge of group riding can chose to start between Blue or Red group depending on fitness level.
d. Once a rider can sit on the front position of a Blue group for 90% of the ride to and from the cafe stop for a 50 mile loop they are then at an adequate level to move to a Red group.
e. Once a rider can sit on the front position of a Red group for 90% of the ride to and from the cafe stop for a 50 mile loop they are then at an adequate level to move to a Black group.
f. Once a rider can sit on the front position of a black group for 50% of the ride to and from the cafe stop for a 50 mile loop they are then at an adequate level to try a Chain gang ride on a Sunday morning.
See the following diagrams for advice on ride discipline when group riding IBC Road rules 1.1