Ythan Cycle Club - Club Run Guidelines

Ythan C.C. club runs are group rides taking place on public roads. It is expected that all those taking part will obey the Highway Code. Please ride sensibly, with thought for your own safety and that of other club members and road users.

  • Be prepared:
  • wear suitable clothing for the expected weather conditions.
  • bring suitable waterproofs if necessary.
  • carry appropriate tools and a pump to fix a puncture (including spare inner tube).
  • take money for emergencies and should we stop at a cafť.
  • carry a drinks bottle and suitable energy bar or food.
  • make sure your bike is in roadworthy condition, paying particular attention to tyres and brakes.
  • take a mobile phone and make sure you exchange numbers with others on the ride.
  • preferably use some sort of road bike or hybrid bike with road tyres; if you want to use a mountain bike on the road please use slick type tyres.
  • it is not the law to use mudguards in wet conditions but it does make it slightly more pleasant for yourself and those following you.
  • it is suggested you wear glasses to stop grit from the road getting in your eyes.
  • a helmet is not compulsory but YCC promotes the use of helmets for all club runs.
  • if weather conditions are not great please take some lights and try and wear bright clothing.
  • Ride no more than two abreast, and be prepared to ride single file on busy or main roads, when passing other groups of cyclists, or at any other time when instructed to by the runís leader.
  • The pace of the club run is that of the slowest rider. The club run is not a training bash; we donít want to leave anyone behind.
  • When in the group, try to ride at a steady pace in tight formation. Follow the wheel in front, and always consider that there will be other members of the group following your wheel. Do not accelerate or brake suddenly.
  • When cars or other vehicles are trying to pass the run they should only be called on by the lead riders, and then only when the road ahead is clear and suitable for overtaking. It may be necessary to ride single file to allow traffic to pass safely.
  • Where possible, indicate to other riders any obstacles on the road, i.e. pot holes, parked cars, pedestrians, glass or other debris.
  • When encountering horses, slow down, communicate with their riders, and then pass single file when it is safe to do so. Do not shout, or undertake any action that may startle the horse.
  • Please remember, we are all ambassadors of cycling, and we should always consider our behaviour towards other road users and the impression they take home of us.

It is important to understand, that when you go on a club run, you are not being 'taken out' by an organiser who is responsible for your safety and wellbeing. You are part of a group of individuals on a joint excursion, each of whom tacitly accepts the risks inherent to group cycling on public roads.

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