The new Sunday Club Run Cycles… ALL WELCOME!November 16, 2016
A reminder that as well as the Swinford Cycling Club Sunday rides (leaving at 9am from AppleGreen) there is an additional group departing from AppleGreen at 9.20am. This group is open to ladies, beginners, those starting back, triathletes, duathletes and in fact anyone as long as you adhere to the guidelines below:
HAVE FUN: Above all, the club runs are fun. Even when it’s snowing! There may be some rules here but the club run isn’t a military drill, it’s about enjoying getting out on the bike.
SAY HELLO: If you’re new, please identify yourself to the others in the group. Please listen to them, as they will explain how the run works and where it’s going.
JOIN: We especially welcome new members on the club run and if you like the club run, please become a member. We’re happy for you ride with us a few times but after a few rides you should join if you enjoy it and want to continue riding with us. You will also need to be a member of Triathlon Ireland which we can give guidance on (this is for insurance purposes)
DON’T RACE: You’ll get fit riding the club runs regularly. There are no trophies on offer and many who come out for a club run do so precisely because they don’t fancy racing. If you want to go faster go with the earlier group. This group’s motto is ‘sticking together’
KEEP TOGETHER: As above – we’re sticking together. It’s inevitable the group may split on a hill but the rule is to wait at the top to regroup
GROUP SIZE: Large groups setting off together should be aware of other road users and try to stay a maximum of 2 abreast, and wherever necessary go single-file.
SAFETY: Be responsible and ride safely. It’s not complicated. You’re responsible for your own safety but think of others. If you see an obstacle ahead like a pothole, then warn the others with a shout or hand signal. Likewise, if you’re on the back of the group and notice traffic building up, shout for the ride to fall into single file.
TRI-BARS: It is not advisable to ride with tri-bars on these cycles due to safety.
CHANGE THE LEAD: Every few minutes, the lead should change. So if you’ve been sitting on the front for a while, when it’s safe to do so, tell the others and swap the lead. But if you’re tiring and suddenly it’s your turn to be on the front, tell the others as it’s fine to take it easy.
MECHANICALS: If someone punctures or has a mechanical, everyone is expected to stop. So in return for delaying everyone, make sure you start the ride with spares like an inner tube, tyre levers and that your bike is roadworthy.
Special thanks to Honister 92 for some of the above advice