- Never get in an occupied lane if another is empty.
- Never get into an occupied lane without letting the person/people already swimming know you are this by dangling your legs into the water or standing to the side at the end of the lane when they are turning.
- If there is only one other person in the lane, the lane can be split with each person taking half the lane. But you *must* explicitly agree on this. Otherwise, assume lane/circle swimming.
- Once a third person joins, circle swimming must start. Make sure both people know you are joining.
- Circle swimming is dictated by the fastest person present, not the slowest, biggest, or first in. Take note of the swimmer’s speeds before you enter. The direction is often pool specific. Check for direction signs or ask.
- Do NOT turn or push off in front of faster swimmers. Faster swimmers should allow slower swimmers as much time as possible before starting.
- Tap feet to pass. The person whose feet are being tapped moves out of the way to the corner at the lane end. Do NOT speed up if you are being passed.
- The slower swimmer in front must move to the side of the lane end to allow faster swimmers to pass. Allow them to turn at the centre of the lane wall. If there are more than one, allow all faster swimmers behind you to pass.
- Do NOT start swimming immediately behind another swimmer. They will not know you are there when they are turning. Injuries will result.
- Swimmers resting at lane end should stay as far to the side of the lane as possible.
- If the lane has a few swimmers doing long-axis strokes (front crawl, backstroke) do NOT do short axis strokes (Breastroke, ‘fly)
- Be polite. Communicate. Do your best to explain the etiquette. Remember most lifeguards don’t seem to know these. Most pools don’t have them posted.
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.
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:
- Keep an eye on the time, people work on shifts and have kids don’t text before 9.00 am or after 10:30 pm.
- If your message is just for a few people PM them we don’t all need to know the conversation.
- Don’t use it as a running commentary of your training blog.
- 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.