Post by River (Murray) on Nov 6, 2022 18:55:13 GMT
Usual meet up time of 09.30 at Exhibition Square.
We will be heading out via Haxby and Flaxton. Lunch will be at Pickering around 12.00 approx.
Wed looking quite a good day.
On another note. It has been mentioned on several occassions to me now, that the speed of Group 1 has increased by quite a bit. May I remind everyone that the Wednesday Wheelers are a Touring and Social Group, and if we want to attract new members we need to make them feel comfortable within the Group. Speeds have been increasing, especially on the way back from rides, so could I ask everyone to knock the speeds back, so that people are able to have a conversation, and also breath sometimes! It's not a race! As it is, several people have moved to Group1a due to the speed issue.
Also, can we try and ensure that if we are a larger than normal group, to leave space between us for cars to overtake safely. If we do split into 2 groups can the 1st group check that 2nd group are within sight so that no one is left behind.
Indeed. As a reminder, though we try to be as informal as possible, the club does have a written guide to etiquette, for the enjoyment and safety of us all.
Extracts relevant to Murray's points above:
Passing the leader
Riders in the group shouldn’t in general pass the leader. Your leaders will be trying to achieve a target average speed over the whole ride. Coming to the front to give the leader a rest by taking the wind is great. Overtaking the leader in order to push the ride speed up or just to show off is not acceptable. On no account must undue pressure be placed on another rider to speed-up or slow-down. Everyone is encouraged to stay together – we must not deter any member of the group from enjoying the ride.
Make a gap
It is easy to get carried away chatting to other riders and to forget the needs of other road users. On roads where there is motor traffic all Wheelers should split into smaller sub groups leaving gaps in between to allow traffic to pass. The general rule is, if there are 8 or more riders immediately in front of you pull back and make a gap. Tell riders who come to overtake you that that is what you are doing.