Code of Conduct for All Club Rides
This code of conduct is devised for the safety and benefit of the club and its members. It outlines the minimum standards expected on all rides. Some activities/events may have additional rules or codes of conduct. If in doubt, consult your ride leader.
Hadleigh Cycling Club provides a varied programme of rides that may include social rides, family rides, club rides and training rides. Distances, pace and routes of rides will vary and will be determined by the ride leader pending on weather and road conditions, as well as the capability of the participants. Please contact the club for more information if you have any queries.
Club rides are not races and members are expected to treat them appropriately.
When riding as a club we must:
• Follow the Highway Code
•Try to be civilised and courteous, behave in a manner that does not represent Hadleigh C. C. in a bad light
• Riders are responsible for their own health and safety at all times. Act for our own safety and well-being and of your fellow club members
• Respect other riders and road users.
Respecting the Highway Code
All riders must adhere to the Highway Code. Disregard for the Highway Code and behaviour that endangers yourself or others may lead to disciplinary action by the committee and the relevant authorities.
• Riders should never ride more than two abreast.
• Be aware of riders behind you. It is a good practice to do a “life-saver” check and communicate your intention before manoeuvre.
• Try to ride smoothly and do not brake without warning if it can be avoided.
• Shout warnings and signal to other riders if there is a danger/hazards on the road.
• Groups should allow appropriate gaps in traffic and slow to allow enough time for the entire group to negotiate obstacles.
• Should the group be split, riders should slow down or find a safe place to stop and reform before proceeding.
• The group should always stop and assist any of its riders suffering from mechanical or physical problems.
• The group should always wait for the last rider, unless the rider has requested to be left, or an agreement made with everyone’s consent, that the group will not wait for dropped riders.
• No rider should leave the group without first notifying other riders, preferably the ride leader.
The ride leader is the official representative of the club and his/her instructions should be followed. The ride leader must be a club member and will endeavour to ensure that the ride is conducted in a safe and well-organised fashion. All riders must assist the leader in this duty.
Dealing with Mechanical Problems
To ensure mechanical problems are minimised, riders must keep their bikes in roadworthy condition and perform a basic pre-ride check. A tool kit should be carried that includes, at the very least, the following:
- pump, gas canisters or other means of inflating tyres
- spare innertube
- puncture repair kit
- tyre levers
- tools such as various sizes allen keys or screw drivers appropriate to your cycle.
Dealing with Accidents & Injuries
Our ride leaders are first aid trained. Ensure all accidents and injuries are reported to the ride leader so the appropriate actions can be taken. If the first aider is unable to help for whatever reason the emergency services may be called where necessary. The injured participant(s) should be accompanied until help arrives. Riders who have pre-existing medical conditions and special requirements should inform the ride leader prior to setting off so the emergency services or other medical professionals can be correctly informed in the aftermath of an accident or the onset of the medical condition.
Food and Clothing
Helmet is mandatory for all club rides! You should always dress appropriately and be prepared for adverse weather conditions. Some club runs include a café stop, however you should carry sufficient drinks and food for the entire ride.
Use of Aerobars
While the club accepts that aerobars may be permanently attached to your bike, please make effort to remove detachable aerobars for group rides to mitigate the risks of accidents.
Some ride groups enforce mudguard use during the winter months of October to March and in wet weather. Check with the ride leader for clarification.
Child Protection Policy
Riders under 18 must be accompanied by their parent or an approved coach. They must be at a suitable standard for the ride.
Getting Home Again
If you are not confident of finishing the ride or your bike has a mechanical problem, let the ride leader or other riders know as soon as possible. The ride leader and the group will do all they can to assist you, but they can only do so if they are aware of your problem. The group will be supportive.