As we share the road with other users it is important to be aware of the highway code as a cyclist and adhere to it at all times. Please see link on 'General Information' page. Abuse/swearing at drivers/other road users will not be tolerated, a wave and a smile is how we react to aggresive, impatient or abusive drivers.
A ride leader is present not only to direct the ride but also to keep the pace of the group. Should the leader slow down or drop back this should never be seen as an invitation to get to the front and ‘up’ the pace as the reason for doing so is generally to aid struggling riders. Should you find yourself at the front of the group for any reason it becomes your responsibility to keep check on the pace. If you find this difficult then you should drop back into the bunch as excuses for not being able to keep the pace are not acceptable.
The ride leader will always suggest that a competent rider or assistant stays at the back of the group as well as in the centre of the group if it is a large group, to ensure that no one is left behind. Should anyone be struggling with the pace or have mechanical problems they will be responsible for getting a message to the ride leader.
All club rides are posted with the average 'mph' however, at times we do go over the stated 'mph' average, should a rider find that the pace is too fast it is suggested that they slow down in order for the group to become aware, should you continue to try and keep up it gives the impression that you are capable of maintaining the pace.
Ladies are reminded that our beginner and intermediate club rides are not and will never be racing rides, those who feel that they cannot benefit from our rides or give the impression that they are being held up by the pace of the group, will be pointed in the direction of the advanced group or to another cycling club that provides faster, competitive rides.
WLCC is affiliated to CTT which gives each member the opportunity to take part in time trials. Your opportunity to race against yourself in an organised environment.
Hills - the group splits up a bit during uphill climbs due to differing abilities; this is quite acceptable as long as riders re group at the top. It is also important to regroup at the bottom of hills to ensure that all ladies have made the decent safely. The only other time that the group may split is on longer rides where everyone gets into their own 'zone'. It is important that no one is left alone at the back of the group, the ride leader could from time to time send everyone ahead whilst assisting the lady riding at the back and re group at a pre arranged destination.
All riders have their off days, should anyone really feel unable to continue a ride it is important to let the ride leader know in the first instance. Unless the ride is part of a challenge, routes can generally be changed and cut short to get you home as soon as possible. In the worst incidences a faster rider can be sent ahead to bring a car to your assistance.
During long distance rides or where the wind is strong (a head wind) stronger riders will be expected to give cover to others.
'Rear' mudguards should be fitted to all bikes during winter months, riders riding behind someone with no mudguards get splashed in the face with mud, which could be dangerous.