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Introductory Rides 2019

Introductory Rides 2019

*** Hans-Peter Kiekuth (HP) is your leader for the 40km introductory ride this Saturday (18 May). Meet 9am at Blaise Castle (Main Car Park) next to the café. Everyone welcome. Sign up for free on the website please. And have fun. Chris will post the details on Facebook. ***

Every Saturday we are offering Introductory Rides. They will alternate between a 25 km and a 40 km cycle route, starting either in the north or the south of Bristol, they will be led by a club member, at the pace of chat, and ensuring no one gets dropped. They're aimed at anyone who wants to experience the exhilaration of riding in a group, maybe you want to discover new routes, or just need an excuse to get out and ride. Everyone is welcome.

Here's how it works: During the Winter and Spring we're going to use two different starting points. We'll decide which one a week in advance, then post it here and on Facebook, so folks know where to meet up. It'll be either the main car park at Blaise Castle BS10 7QT, or at the gate of Ashton Court opposite Long Ashton Road BS41 9JH. We'll also advertise if it's the short or long ride, and maybe a few details about the route that the ride leader has decided on. It's all free, but we'd like you to book the session using the Calendar on the club website so we have an idea of numbers.

As ever, there are rules, and the main one is that everyone rides at their own risk. The ride leader is not a cycling coach, they may offer some guidance about group riding, but ultimately you are responsible for your own road safety whilst being considerate of those around you.

Equipment
  • Lights and high viz as appropriate on darker days (gloomy country lanes can be quite dark)
  • Water (even in cooler weather)
  • Appropriate clothing for the weather, always bring a rain jacket
  • Snack (in case of no cafe stop)
  • Cash for coffee stop as not all venues accept cards
  • Bike in good order, tyres pumped up hard, bring a spare inner tube, we prefer road bikes, no TT bikes

Group Riding Etiquette
  • There are various calls used on a group ride, "car back" for a car approaching the group from behind, "car up" for a car coming from the front, then "slowing" or "stopping" when braking, plus hand signals for potholes etc. They become second nature and don't take long to get used to.
  • Groups ride either two abreast or single file, depending on the road, the rider leader will advise. The key at all times is not to overlap your front wheel with the back wheel of the rider in front of you. Stay close to the rider in front to benefit from drafting, but not too close.
  • A good group stays together at a steady pace, sharing the work at the front, and waiting to re-group at the top of hills. If you shoot off the front, the leader is not obliged to come and tell you where the next turn is, so you may look back and find you are alone.
  • Keep smiling and be courteous to other road users, especially if a driver's slowed down for you.
  • Chat, meet people, have fun!
Posted: 4th October 2018
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