Cycling Etiquette for Group Rides
In this article we will share with you some essential cycling riding etiquette guidelines that are applicable to all types of group rides. These include:
Group Ride Rules – What do they mean? How should I behave? Which ones apply to me? Is it possible to combine these rules into one rule? When should I break them and when not to break them?
You may read the following rules at your own discretion!
1. Do Not Break Group Ride Pace Limit
It is better to stay within the group’s pace limit than to try to go faster than the group. If you have a hard time staying within the pace limit, then it means that you need to slow down or speed up accordingly.
There is no right way or wrong way; there are just different ways of doing things.
2. No Talking During the Ride
The reason why this rule applies to group rides is because other riders might hear what you are saying and get annoyed if you start talking during the ride. It would be best if everyone kept their conversations to themselves until after the ride.
3. Do Not Stop in the Middle of the Road
It is really dangerous and inconsiderate to stop in the middle of the road while on a group ride. Other riders will have to maneuver around you or run into you if they need to stop.
This can cause accidents and ruin group ride etiquette as a whole.
4. Never Get Too Far Ahead
This rule is pretty self-explanatory. Nobody wants to wait around for someone who decides to take off ahead of the rest of the group.
It is very important to keep together as a group for safety reasons.
5. Let the Road Be Your Leader
You do not have to be a leader to have group ride etiquette, you just need to follow the road!
Sources & references used in this article:
Swim, bike, run by W Hobson, C Campbell, M Vickers – 2001 – books.google.com
Mastering swimming by JP Montgomery, MA Chambers – 2008 – books.google.com
Your First Triathlon: Race-ready in 5 Hours a Week by J Friel – 2012 – books.google.com
Chronic musculoskeletal conditions associated with the cycling segment of the triathlon; prevention and treatment with an emphasis on proper bicycle fitting by RT Deakon – Sports medicine and arthroscopy review, 2012 – journals.lww.com
Triathlon 101 by J Mora – 2009 – books.google.com