Rider Class: - Closed Ride-out for Gold/ Silver holders only
Rider Leader: Martin Ward
Rider Leader Contact No: 07833 212216
Tail-end Charlie: TBD
For those who have been around the club for a while , this was originally planned as a repeat of the "Chocolate in the Chilterns" ride, last run in 2017. Regrettably for any chocoholics in the club, my destination of choice for refreshments now has a seriously limited menu so now the ride will simply be down to the Chiltern Hills returning through the country lanes of Oxfordshire.
The route will be a circuit of approximately 160 miles with a coffee / refreshment stop in Wendover Woods.
Meeting point : Starbucks A46 Southbound (headed towards Stratford)
Briefing : 9.00 am leaving at 9.15 prompt.
Finish point : The National Herb Centre on the B4100 north of Banbury - back in good time for those of you wanting to go trick or treating !!
Hope you can make it !
PLEASE READ BELOW
Take responsibility for the rider behind you Prior to moving off familiarise yourself with the following rider. You’re responsible for making sure they don’t get lost and break up the ride. When making a change of direction and the following rider is out of sight, wait and mark the direction change until they arrive. When safe, move off briskly allowing the following rider to take up your position marking the direction change.
Do not ride slower where there is no turn-off to allow the rider behind to catch up, this usually has the opposite effect and elongates the group.
Look for overtaking opportunities While there is no overtaking within the group, there is a need to overtake other road users to maintain the flow of the ride. This is expected of all riders on all runs. Blindly overtaking or blindly following the bike in front is not expected from an advanced rider. Anticipating, preparing and then executing overtakes safely without delay or loss of available overtaking distance should be the norm for Gold and Silver riders.
On open rides Associates should only overtake if they feel comfortable about attempting the maneuver. Don’t switch off - you just annoy the riders behind you.
Speed limits All riders are expected to be able and willing to ride at the posted speed limits where safe and practical to do so. Riders with a preference or habit for riding below the posted limits or who fail to use brisk acceleration will adversely affect other riders within the group.
Double up at junctions On the final approach and whilst waiting at junctions all riders should aim to queue two-abreast and to make room for others to do this by their own positioning. The person you pull up next to must always move off first. Riders not at the front of the queue are expected to be watching the traffic so as they can move off with the rider in front of them if there is a sufficient gap in the traffic.
Staggered position This enables the following distance to be closed up safely whilst still providing a good view and stopping distance to other riders. This is expected at lower speeds and in town work but is obviously sacrificed if it presents insufficient margin to nearside or off-side hazards.