Group Ride Outs
Both associates and members are welcome on ride outs; we only need associates to be cleared by their observer to attend ride outs to ensure that they are basically safe riders and won’t put themselves or others at risk.
Ride outs are social events; they are structured so that there is no pressure on any rider to ride at a pace they are not comfortable with, and using the Drop Off System, there is frequent movement of riders between the group and nobody gets lost!
There is no observation, advice or comment made to riders during the ride out, unless a rider is acting in a risky manner. There is no expectation of a rider fully adhering to the System, however, it is a great time to see how others ride and to practice your own technique.
We plan for group ride outs on the 1st Sunday of the month and a midweek evening ride tout on the 3rd Wednesday of the month from May - September.
Any full member can organise and lead a ride and training is provided if needed.
We want ride outs to be safe, so we start each ride with a short safety briefing. We have a Code of Conduct so that everybody uderstand how we conduct our ride outs:
Code of Conduct
- All riders take part at their own risk.
- Turn up on time with a full tank.
- Please listen to the Ride Brief, so you know what is required of you.
- Take great care if overtaking within the line as most members will not expect to be overtaken. Not all riders have advanced passes, so be patient with them.
- Ride with the safety of every other road user in mind.
- If you wish to make a detour/leave before the end of the ride, tell the leader before you start or at a stop en route. Please don’t just disappear - we will worry!
- Ride cancellation decisions are the responsibility of the ride leader (e.g. anticipating severe weather). He/she will make arrangements to attend/cover the advertised starting place to ensure no DWDAM members are left uninformed.
The Drop-off System
- Ride Leaders will announce in the brief if the Drop-Off system is to be used.
- If numbers are low, the leader may decide to use the Follow The Leader system.
- With the Drop-Off system, every run has a Leader and a Sweeper.
- Leaders and Sweepers are volunteer guides, all ride at their own risk.
- Once under way, major deviations will be marked. Riders do not need to keep in sight of each other, enabling all to ride at their own speed.
- Deviations are marked through leaders indicating to the rider behind him/her to stop, thus marking the junction/roundabout exit, etc. Each marker must pull up safely and indicate the way to the group by hand.
- Once the last rider has come through the marked point, the marker watches out for the sweeper who will slow and indicate for the marker to rejoin the route before following him/her. The marker must then set off in a safe manner.
- Everyone in turn becomes the ‘marker’ if not leading or sweeping.
- Keep your headlight on (this makes it easy for ride leaders to see you)