One of our priorities is to ensure that we are able to arrange a full programme of rides for members and guests to take part in.
KDCS relies on volunteer ride leaders to actually plan and organise the specific events. Brief details of each ride are provided in the rides list but it is very much down to the ride leader on the day to ensure that arrangements go to plan. These rides have been successfully taking place for a number of years now and whilst it is very rare for things to go wrong it is essential that all leaders and riders conduct themselves in a responsible fashion. This is for the safety of everyone and will ensure that all those taking part have an enjoyable day.
It is not our intention to overburden you with rules and regulations. However attached below are a few basic principles of decency, manners and common sense that have been used by club cyclists for over 100 years and if adhered to will help to ensure that KDCS rides continue to be a success. Please take a few moments to read over them. If you have any concerns or have difficulty understanding what they mean the ride leader will be happy to assist you. Have a good day out and enjoy yourself.
ADVICE FOR ALL RIDERS
1. Ensure your bike is roadworthy, is kept in reasonable repair and when appropriate carry lights.
2. Carry a simple tool kit /spare inner tube that will allow you to fix common problems such as punctures, loose fittings etc.
3. Dress appropriately and be prepared for inclement weather by carrying waterproof clothing. Although not compulsory wearing an approved helmet of the correct size can reduce head contact injuries.
4. Although club runs generally have coffee / lunch stops at cafes / pubs you may wish to carry a drink / snack with you.
5. If you feel unwell or suffer mechanical problems please advise the ride leader as soon as possible. Please don’t suffer in silence.
6. Don’t ride more than two abreast unless overtaking and be prepared to change to single file when traffic is approaching or if the ride leader advises you to do so. On busy roads large groups should split up to allow vehicles to pass between the smaller groups.
7. Try to ride smoothly, keep a reasonable distance from the rider in front and avoid braking without warning.
8. Shout warnings and signal other riders if you see danger ahead. Be prepared to stop safely.
9. Should the group be split please be prepared to slow down or find a safe place to stop in order to allow the group to reform.
10. If you wish to leave the group please inform the ride leader as you may end up being treated as a missing person and inconvenience others.
11. Take care on lanes, look and listen and be careful when approaching bends / blind corners.
12. Do not overtake the ride leader unless he directs you to do so.
13. Be courteous to other road users.
ADVICE FOR RIDE LEADERS
1. When planning rides where possible chose a route which avoids main roads, ensure you are familiar with the route including the location of coffee and lunch stops, toilets etc. making sure they are open. Identify any points of interest and have in mind the distance you intend travelling and the approximate timings for stops etc.
2. Ensure that riders / bikes do not cause an obstruction at the meeting point. Appoint a back marker who should be given details of the route, stops etc.
3. Before the start of the ride, introduce yourself and any back markers, welcome any newcomers and provide brief details of the intended route, refreshment stops etc.
4. Once underway be prepared to warn riders of any difficulties ahead including dangerous road surfaces, traffic problems, obstructions and hazards, horses, difficult road junctions etc.
5. Be prepared to deal with any unexpected emergencies, breakdowns etc. and remember to travel at a pace that considers the less experienced or slower rider. This may entail asking a rider to wait at junctions for slower riders to ensure no one is left behind.
6. Carry spare tubes, repair kit, coins / card for the public phone or a mobile phone if available.