Please always remember when riding with the club the Highway Code, rules, regulations and laws of the road apply. You’re responsible for your own safety, so ensure your bike is road-worthy and you’re confident and happy road riding.
If you are not a member and would like to ride and thinking about membership, riders are welcome to come along and try out one of the club runs before deciding you wish to join ARCC
We have a duty of care for riders under the age of 18 years. Therefore, if there are riders aged 16 – 18 years in the group, somebody will need to take responsibility for these riders and ensure they are not left on their own during the session.
We require a signed parental consent form for all riders under the age of 18 years.
a) Enjoy : The the club runs are fun and a chance to socialise with like minded people. Even though there are some rules we want to encourage people to get out on their bikes and have fun.
b) Highway Code: When riding, first and foremost you must at all time comply with the Highway Code and more than that, you must ride with courtesy and respect for other road users. You are responsible, not only for your own safety but for other riders around you. There will be a leader and a backstop but their role is limited to choosing the route and, as far as possible, making sure the Group stays together and respects other road users. They are NOT responsible for your safety, you are. You are also responsible for the cohesion of the Group and helping keep it together. Experienced Club members may ask you to adjust your speed, road position or style. Please respect them, as they are only concerned for everybody’s safety.
c) Don’t race: The Club Run is a social ride, it is NOT a race. If you wish to have a sprint up a hill please wait at the top for everyone to regroup. We have a non -drop policy on all club rides to ensure no one is left behind. If you decide to go ahead and not wait and take a wrong turn the Lead rider will assume you are not part of the group ride and will not wait. The club run routes aim to be about 50 miles on some occasions longer so a reasonable level of fitness is required.
d) Group riding etiquette: Aim to ride as close as you are confident to do hopefully within a metre. Ride in pairs, NEVER more than two abreast and directly behind a rider in front and not diagonally. Single-out if a car is behind and when filing out
would enable the car to pass, or if the road conditions make it sensible to do so. Be careful when braking suddenly.
e) Ride together and wait: When approaching junction slow down a little to allow the riders behind to catch up and proceed as a group. Don’t swarm around cars at traffic lights, filtering on the left and right but imagine the group as a large vehicle and keep the group together. Everyone takes time to set-off, clip-in and get settled back in the saddle. Keep the group together. Likewise, re-group at the top of hills and if necessary at the bottom. The lead riders should make sure that all riders are back in the group before resuming at the normal pace. It is okay to keep moving but slowly, until everyone is back together.
f) Warnings and help: Front riders should warn of hazards ahead and inform the rest of the group verbally and/or with hand signals. The Back stop rider should ensure that no-one is falling behind. If they are, then they should inform those in front and the Group should slow to allow it to be reformed.
g) Change the lead: Every few minutes, the lead should change. So if you’ve been sitting on the front for a while, when it’s safe to do so, tell the others and swap the lead. But if you’re tiring and suddenly it’s your turn to be on the front, tell the others as it’s fine to take it easy.
h) New riders: If you’re new, please identify yourself to those leading the club run. Please listen to them, as they will explain how the run works and where it’s going. We welcome new members on the club run and if you like the club run, please become a member. We’re happy for you to try the ride a few times by that time we would welcome your commitment to become a full member.
i) Club Jersey: We encourage Members to wear the club Jersey as a minimum if they can. The ARCC Jersey is of good quality and stylish and advertises the club. If you wish to purchase a club jersey please enquire to the Club Chairman, Secretary, or Treasurer.
j) Mechanicals: If someone punctures or has a mechanical, everyone is expected to stop. So in return for delaying everyone, make sure you start the ride with spares like an inner tube, tyre levers and that your bike is roadworthy.
k) Routes: Each club run route will be posted via the Website, Strava or Facebook pages a few days before the club run by the lead rider. These routes can vary in distance (30 miles to 60 miles). The rides can vary in elevations, however there will be flatter and short rides and these will alternate. The route can change on the day if the Lead rider feels there is a risk to rider’s safety.
These rules aren’t set in stone, it’s all about being sensible, courteous and aware whilst riding on the road and in a group.
Remember, you are responsible for your safety and take part in activities at your own risk. Ashford Road CC can not be held responsible for any accidents while either on an organised ride or any other ride whilst wearing club kit nor with any other club member.