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Ride Leader Responsibilities

Within the membership of Central Valley Velo, a Ride Leader is more than just one of the riders in a group of cyclists. A Ride Leader needs to identify the route, understand how to classify that route properly so that potential riders can decide whether to go, enforce safe and lawful riding practices and keep everyone riding together as intended on a given route. If you are using a route that you have never ridden before or that you are designing on your own; it is recommended that you travel the route prior to leading it, preferably on your bike. What follows is a list of Ride Leader requirements for this club.

As the Ride Leader, you agree to:

  1. Choose your route. Put together a ride description that includes all of the following: Date, start time, start and finish location, mileage, pace, elevation and availability of services (food, water, bathrooms).
  2. Be early for your ride.
  3. Bring a cellular phone.
  4. At the agreed meeting place, the Ride Leader should assemble all the riders and ask for everyone’s attention. Then, introduce new riders, obtain a helmet count, explain the route, route hazards, intended group pace, regrouping locations or scheduled stops. Take a moment and exchange cell phone numbers. Double check that the riders joining the ride are capable of the pace, terrain and distance for this ride as scheduled. (see Ride Legend). Ask if anyone has any questions.
  5. When practical form rotating pace lines, especially into headwinds, with the stronger riders “pulling” more often.
  6. Be careful to set a pace that will maintain an average speed as close as possible to the designated ride speed.
  7. If some riders insist on going faster than the designated speed, let them go. Do not try to speed up the group to accommodate them. The faster riders have chosen to be on their own at this point.
  8. When possible check that all riders that you started with are still with you and that they can maintain the pace you are setting. Inform them that it is their responsibility to inform the Ride Leader if they cannot maintain the pace.
  9. If someone is dropped, instruct the group to sufficiently reduce their speed until regrouped or stop the group in a safe location to wait for slower riders.
  10. If it becomes necessary to physically check on the status of stragglers, and a sweeper has been designated, have the sweeper locate and pull the stragglers to the group until everyone has been accounted for.
  11. When possible, never abandon anyone on your ride. Unless an individual elects to abandon the ride on their own, make every effort, within reason, to keep them with the group.
    1. If one of your riders has a physical or mechanical problem, you should do one of following;
    2. Stop the ride and if the problem can be solved in a reasonable period of time (use your own judgment here), resume your ride when the rider who had the problem is able to continue.
    3. Try to get a volunteer who knows the route to stay with the affected rider until they make it safely back to the start.
    4. If their problem cannot be solved in the field and rider must be picked up, assist if possible, in making arrangements to have them picked up.
  12. Use your best judgement if the problem is more serious.
  13. Make your ride a fun, encouraging and positive experience for all riders. 


    1. All rides should be submitted to the Ride Coordinator, or designee, for placement on the calendar at least one week before the ride date when possible. Out of town rides should be submitted to the Ride Coordinator at least one month before the ride date and should include turn by turn directions when possible. Once approved, the ride will be added to the scheduled ride calendar. The club intention is that all rides, including impromptu rides, should observe all the same safety, structure and courtesy as scheduled rides.

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