WE WILL NEVER LEAVE ANYONE BEHIND
This is one of our most important principles. This means that the ride guide or any of our riders needs to notice if the group are getting spread out. Often this means that we all find a suitable place to pull in at the side of the road. Sometimes it may be enough to just slow the pace down slightly to create a more compact riding group. Never assume at a road junction that the back of the group will know where to go, always wait at a group junction if the back of the group are not in sight. If you think some riders are going at a faster pace than appropriate for the group you can ask them to slow down so that the group is compact. If riders choose to cycle ahead then they should stop at junctions, they should not assume that the group will take the “obvious” route. Our love of “pointless loops” means that we often divert off the road onto an interesting side road which has fabulous views. If a rider disappears ahead it is their responsibility to “find” the group again.
When you reach a road junction each rider will need to make a personal judgement about whether they feel it is safe to cross the road. If you do not feel ready to cross the road then wait until it feels safe, even if the rest of the group has crossed, they will wait for you at a safe point just past the junction.
It is really helpful if someone on the ride team can mend a puncture! Each rider should have their own spare inner tube, a small pump and the appropriate tool to remove their wheel (if not quick release). You may find it useful to come prepared to help with minor repairs, plastic gloves and “wet wipes” are a great addition to your saddlebag! The team at Chevin Cycles often run bike maintenance courses, and are well worth attending.
At many of our café stops (particularly in winter) you will not be able to see your bike from the café. This is prime territory for bike thefts so encourage lock sharing! Some riders may not have a lock with them and seem relaxed about leaving it unlocked. Discourage this as a stolen bike will delay and upset the whole group!
We will stop at a café stop about halfway round our ride. For some rides we have arranged this stop in advance and the café should be expecting you. If the service is good then the coffee stop will take about 30-45 minutes and is an important social element of the ride. You will probably want to drink water during the ride so always bring a water bottle. It is helpful to learn how to drink whilst riding – we recommend that you keep the pull up lid on the bottle up so that you can grab and sip from the bottle. A snack bar or banana can be very useful if you run out of energy during the ride (sometimes the hills or the head wind can really sap your energy) Be aware that some newer riders will find it difficult to snack and drink whilst riding so make sure you pause at the top of the hills for long enough for refuelling and hydration!
Don’t assume that there is always going to be a signal, some parts of the Dales can be very patchy and this can cause problems should there be an accident. It is a good idea to have a look at our planned route in advance (they are always on the website) so that you have a sense of where we are going. If an accident happens it is recommended that you phone 999 or 112 on your mobile for an ambulance.
Most rides will go without an incident but sometimes there are accidents on our rides and the ride team will need to make sure that we look after everyone affected. Here are some tips:
- A phone call to 999 or 112 Communicating with the ambulance response team about what happened.
- Comforting and talking to the injured riders.
- Administering basic road side first aid
- Slowing down traffic
- Getting blankets/coats to keep the riders warm from passing motorist and home owners.
- Finding details of next of kin so we could keep them updated (always have your club card or other form of ID with the “In Case of Emergency” number to help us find your contacts.
- If possible find someone to take care of the bikes of the injured riders and any riders who go with them in the ambulance
- Take photographs of the road scene for any possible follow up – eg of pot hole damage