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Woodstock Cycling Club

 

Woodstock Cycling Club is a new startup club based in Oxford, catering for a wide range of abilities.

Organised group rides every week starting in March 2018.

Join the group today and help build the new Woodstock Cycling Club.

 

 

Our start point offering is

Tuesday nights at 1815 -2000 MOUNTAIN BIKE Group Ride

Sunday Mornings at 0830-1100 ROAD BIKE Group Ride

As the club is in it’s infancy a volunteer led all we ask is that you come along to offer your support and sense of humor to the group and leave your ego at home. Due to the range of fitness & abilities we anticipate that each discipline will branch into 2 sub groups to suit all needs.

The long term plan is develop the club into events, family rides and to grow our cycling family

Most of communication is done via our Facebook group so please join in here

Health, Safety & General Notes

It is essential that your bike is in a safe and roadworthy condition, with for example, working brakes. If you are unsure many local bike shops will offer a bike-check, or post a query on the Forum if you want to ask an open question. The appropriate lighting and high-visibility clothing should also be worn It is British Cycling best practice that helmets always be worn when riding, and we would strongly encourage that you do so for your own safety, and to set a good example for younger members Should there be an incident, please support the ride leader and offer any help you can, whether it be making a phone call to seek help, warning other road users (often the most critical thing to do), or assisting with any injured riders.

All riders under 16 MUST be accompanied by their parent or a guardian. We advise they have attained Level 2 Cycle Training Standards or equivalent, but leave it to the parents’ discretion. We encourage parents to ride within the capabilities of their children and ensure their safety is the paramount factor.

All riders must have and emergency contact on them – either the ICE function on their phone or written piece of paper in a top bag pocket, jersey rear pocket.

RESPECT We ask everyone, when riding with to have respect for their fellow riders and other road-users:

Ride leaders (or more likely sweepers) will help with mechanical issues, but we would ask all riders to be able to fix basic problems such as punctures. Always carry some spare inner tubes that are the correct size for your wheels, as the ride leaders will be unlikely to have a full set of spares

Please follow the highway-code at all times, including stopping at red-lights and riding no more than two-abreast Please respect ALL other road users including drivers, pedestrians, runners, dog- walkers and horse-riders. Where appropriate and safe to do so, allow drivers to get past you on narrow roads.

Please get to the rides on time. We will have a short announcement before each ride and then look to get going.

FUN Let’s not forget that we do this because we love cycling, so let’s do it with a smile on our faces A cheery ” hello” to a passing groups helps spread the fun to everyone else

GENERAL GROUP RIDING ETIQUETTE FOR BEGINNERS

Pick the right Group – Club Rides would be broken into an A and B groups (with A the fastest). The website will give an indication of how fast this will be, or how long it  will take to ride a certain route, as the hilly routes we tend to ride on around our area don’t always translate to a straight miles-per-hour figure. We will refine these estimates of times for each route as we develop – please bear with us as we get this right, and feedback (politely) when we need to change something.

As a general rule it will be worth starting with a slower group than a faster one. But if you are not used to riding in a group then you might be surprised how much benefit you get from it (approx 20%). By this I mean you will go 20% faster with the same effort.

Each Club ride will have a leader and “sweeper”.

The leader will not necessarily have to ride at the front, but will be familiar with the route and have some cycling experience. Please respect the leaderʼs decision, if for example they decide to shorten a route due to weather/light/safety concerns.

The “sweeper” will ride at the back of the group and make sure riders do not become detached from the main group.

Ride two-abreast when it is safe to do so – this way the group is a compact unit which can ride efficiently but easily move to single-file when needed to (for example to get past an oncoming car when the road is narrow). On the roads, NEVER go three or more abreast, irrespective of how good the conversation is!

Communication is key to a safe group ride. Roads are full of traffic, rocks, signs, pot holes, parked cars, animals, pedestrians, etc. and visibility is limited for the cyclist in a pack. It is important to communicate to the riders in the group of potential hazards by shouting and pointing out hazards.

Hand-Signals: It is not imperative that all the cyclists in the group point out the same hazards or signals. As long as a few are then this is normally sufficient (and the leading two always should). If you are a beginner or unsteady then is far safer for the group to keep both hands on the handle-bars then it is to point things out.

The purpose of these signals is that the riders can continue to ride at a steady pace and can ride round the smaller obstacles without constantly having to brake (and sudden braking causes most incidents).

The thing you are most likely to see is where riders point down in the direction of an oncoming rock/hole. If the two riders both point to the ground between them, this signifies there is small obstacle (such as a pothole) that they are going to ride one either side of.

If the rider on the left points to their left, it means there is something to their left that they might have to ride slightly to the right of to pass – and if you are behind them then you will have to take the same line if you also want to avoid it! Similarly the rider on the right might indicate a similar obstacle to their right.

These signals allow the group to ride at a constant pace.

You will also see a ride pointing or waving behind their lower back. If they are pointing right (the most common) then it indicates that the whole group will have to move to the right to overtake a large obstacle such as a parked car.

Shouts – Warnings youʼre likely to hear include:

Car Back: thereʼs a car approaching from the rear of the group ride Car Up: thereʼs a car approaching from the front of the group ride Car right or left: car is approaching on the left of right of the group ride Rock or Hole: there is a hazard in the road

Walker/runner up: thereʼs a pedestrian on the road ahead Biker up: there is a slower cyclist ahead that we are likely to overtake Clear: perhaps at a junction this is called when there is nothing coming and you know you can pedal through Slow – potential hazard ahead, control speed (but don’t brake sharply to a standstill) Stop – we are going to have to stop – there is a hazard we can’t ride round Line-out or single-file – asking that we move (whilst still keeping same speed) to single-file to for example let a vehicle past.

To be safe it is important to ride smooth, donʼt over react, avoid hard braking, be alert as to what is going on up the road in the front of the pack, and anticipate what traffic will do.

Inexperienced rides who panic and touch a wheel may crash or cause a crash. You can avoid problems by practicing these simple rules:

Stay alert at all times. Hold your line. Donʼt overlap wheels. Donʼt look back! Relax!

Focus on the rider(s) ahead. Beware of pot holes in the road. Donʼt brake unless absolutely necessary

Please also note that all leaders and sweepers are volunteers and that you also agree to participate at your free will.  You must also recognize that the project active instructor/trainer/coach is not able to provide you with medical advice with regard to medical conditions you may have. 

You must be aware that any physical activity can be hazardous and there is a risk involved along with potential dangers of all types of cycling. If you are concerned about any medical issues, please consult a GP before joining us.

Please also note accidents & injuries could occur whilst out club ride but no member of the voluntary Woodstock Cycle Club can be held accountable or liable for any financial reimbursement or liable action.

All of this may sound complicated at first but you will soon get into it. It actually gives a whole new dimension to cycling as it makes it a team event – you have to communicate, support and trust each other, and everyoneʼs safety is in each otherʼs hands. But you will find it one of the most enjoyable elements to riding in a club.

Enjoy !

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