Cycling Etiquette

When riding either solo or in a group, it is essential to respect certain rules, both for your safety and the safety of others – that includes all road users.

Some other unwritten rules for Club Cycling you need to make sure you are aware of:

  • It is important to be on time for club spins, be there 10 minutes before start time.
  • It is compulsory for all riders to wear a helmet!
  • Be aware that everything you do has a knock-on effect on everyone behind and beside you.
  • Obey the rules of the road at all times – This includes NOT BREAKING RED LIGHTS and ensuring that the group is in the correct lane.
  • Group rides in two abreast formation – we are entitled to ride two abreast. Never take up more of the road than is needed and never cross the middle lines.
  • The frequency of groups rotation depends on the size of the group, weather, pace etc. A group leader will often signal when to move up.
  • When you come through for your turn do so smoothly and close to the rider you are taking over from. Rider on the inside should ease the pace slightly to let other rider through.
  • Don’t half-wheel – when you come to the front of the group, keep the pace consistent and match to your riding partner.
  • NEVER freewheeling at the front, this causes riders behind to bunch up & clip wheels, especially on downhill sections.
  • Follow the wheels and don’t let gaps open when the formation is changing.
  • If you are struggling to close a gap, wave the rider behind you through.
  • Do your fair share of work at the front. If you are tiring, stay back rather than disrupt the rhythm of those who are working nobody will mind, if there are strong cyclists willing to work let them, don’t tire yourself out when starting out.
  • Signal that you are the last man in the group, or if you are sitting-on/missing a turn.
  • When you hit a hill, maintain your effort level, not your speed.
  • When climbing hills, avoid following a wheel to closely. Many riders lose their momentum when rising out of the saddle which causes sudden deceleration.
  • If your not a good climber yet, don’t worry we all climb at different paces throughout the climb and will re-group shortly after the hill.
  • Practice taking/replacing your bottle without having to look down so you keep a straight line.
  • Mistakes happen when cyclists are tired and under pressure. So if you’re getting tired then you are better sitting on the back of the group.
  • When someone has a puncture, mechanical or falls back on a climb, continue on at the same effort and turn around when safe, picking up your colleagues and continue on your original route. Make everyone aware of this before heading out.
  • Always carry the tubes, pumps, food and tools you need to look after yourself and your bike.
  • Lights should be used day and night during the winter months for your safety
  • Respect other cyclists by using at least a rear mudguard during winter training spins.
  • If someone is repeatedly making mistakes, tell them discreetly towards the end of the ride. If it’s you being given constructive criticism then try to learn from it.
  • Bringing a phone is always a good idea you never know when you might need it – however mobile phones should not be used whilst riding in the group.
  • Stereo headphones should not be used on any group rides.
  • Aero-bars should not be used on group spins, as they make it unsafe.
  • Clean your bike – It prolongs drive-train wear and reduces the likelihood of mechanical problems.

Whats App Group rules

The Whatsapp group belongs to everyone!

If you’re looking for a training buddy or have a query or want to share some info, feel free to use it.

It can be a great starting point. However, there are over 100 people listening so keep it to the point!

Then if your chat is going into a long thread, you can move off this rather large group chat and finish discussion elsewhere.

So if you see a query unanswered, it’s usually because the person was contacted privately, not that no-one responded!

Here are some simple tips to follow:

  • Always keep to the purpose of the group! Don’t share irrelevant messages about other topics.
  • Don’t be offended if others leave. Not everyone wants the same information.
  • Do politely excuse yourself before you leave a group.
  • Do not have one-on-one conversations in the group. Switch to private messages.
  • If a message asks for a positive response like an RSVP, don’t reply in the negative. Only say if you are able to attend.
  • If someone asks a question and you don’t know the answer don’t respond with “I don’t know”. Just wait for someone who knows the answer to reply
  • Do not discuss weight, size shape of anyone, bikes are ok though, remember what you find funny may scare other people off.
  • Banter is not an issue as long as it is Club/Event relevant without being insulting, but keep it short, if necessary move it to another group.

Joey Hannan coming up!

Joey Hannan Triathlon Limerick Sunday 29th April

This Triathlon has always been a big favourite of Tri Lakes.

Because it’s on early in the season and also has a pool swim, it appeals to many, especially those new to triathlon.

Because we can’t have the same people winning all the prizes!!!! this time we will have ‘Predict your Time’ awards.

Whoever gets closest to their predicted time wins the prize! Regardless of how slow or fast, you are!

So, to be in with a chance to win, guess your finish time and send it to Fiona (086)3855254 or Anne Marie (087)7954993 or if you’re brave enough, post it on WhatsApp!!

First Aid Course Saturday 24th 

We are holding a First Aid course on the above date from 9.30 to 4 pm.

Free for all club members.

There are 10 places on offer, on first come first served basis. Only a few places left.

For those who did this course in 2016, this expires after 2 years.

Contact Adrian (087)2736995 or myself, Anne Marie on (087)7954993 to book your place.

St. Patrick’s Weekend Club Cycle

On Monday 19th March we are holding a club cycle.

Meeting at the Car park in Cong at 10 am.  50k easy-paced cycle.  This is a social outing, not a training event!

For those that want a longer cycle, there will be a group meeting in Headford at 8:45 am at The Angler’s Rest and cycling to Cong first.

Lunch afterwards in Lydon’s Pub, Cong. We would love to see lots of members out, especially some of our newer members.

No-one will be left behind!

To give us an idea of numbers for lunch, please let us know if you intend coming along.

Fiona (086)3855254 or Anne Marie (087)7954993 or Whatsapp group.

Knockma Duathlon 2018

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