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Tourists be aware and know our Cycling Safety Advice Notice

  1. Always wear a helmet. Any cyclists not wearing a helmet won’t be allowed on the Sunday Spins. The picture below shows the impact taken by a helmet after a recent incident in the A Group.
  2. Ensure that your bike is in good working order. Ensure brakes and gears are properly adjusted and tyres are in good condition.
  3. In winter conditions wear bright clothing and consider mounting lights on your bike to warn motorists.
  4. When cycling in the Group don’t brake suddenly. Sudden braking will cause following cyclists to slam on their brakes and could cause an accident.
  5. When at the front ensure that all Pothole’s and Obstacles are called.
  6. Never overlap wheels when cycling in a Group. This can lead to wheels touching and can take down several riders.
  7. Don’t move up on the inside unless you make the rider outside aware of your presence.
  8. Cycle in a predictable way. Stay in a straight line and keep a constant speed. Don’t break or slow down suddenly.
  9. When approaching a hill watch for the cyclist in front if he gets out of the saddle. This causes a loss of momentum and it is easy to run into the back of them.
  10. Don’t half wheel at the front. Let the cyclists on the left dictate the pace.
  11. When rolling up keep a constant pace. Don’t sprint ahead. Keep the pace steady.
  12. If you are struggling wave other riders through and try and take a break at the rear of the group. Everyone has bad days and don’t be ashamed to miss a turn.
A club members damaged helmet!

I’ve tried to include the most important items to do with Safety while cycling in the Group. I’ll keep this list posted in the Club Info section and will add to it.

Please leave a comment if there are important items that I’ve missed and you think they should be included.

Club Tour to France September 2015

This year it is proposed to travel to the Pyrenees Mountains for 1 week in France. The area is mountainous and it hosts  stages of the Tour de France every year. It is ideal for cycling and hosts a large number of dedicated cycling tracks. On this occasion we would be bringing our own bikes and staying in luxury chalets. The tour will go from the Atlantic coast to the Mediterranean coast……….be fit!!

Please leave a comment below and let us know your thoughts on our clubs touring……..