Our rides can only take place because of the members who volunteer to lead rides. Though it may seem daunting, leading a ride is not especially onerous. We can never have too many people willing to lead rides and the more there are the less often each person will have to do it. If you are regularly riding with us, you should be asking yourself if you could sometimes lead a ride. For most people, the answer should be yes.
If you feel you should do your bit but are not confident about leading a ride, just ask the Rides Coordinator, who will be delighted to arrange support from an experienced leader for your own first ride or two as leader.
Before the day, the main responsibilities of a leader are to plan the route and to contact any cafés planned for elevenses and lunch (the Rides Coordinator will usually have suggested the venues), to check that they can cater for 10 – 20 hungry cyclists. On the day, the leader will be the main route-finder and will aim to keep the group together and safe. Cycling UK publish a more detailed guide to leading group rides.