Ride Leader Responsibilities

You are a representative of RevRock as a ride leader, please represent us well.  Be courteous, safe, friendly and knowledgeable of your ride.  If there are new riders, make the extra effort to ensure they know the route and feel like they are part of the group.

 

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Before the ride

  1. If you have not already done so, download Trello to your cell phone and connect to the RevRock Emergency Contact list.
  2. Know your route and what it's like at the time/day of the week that it will be ridden (a climb up Cantrell Hill is completely different at 5:00 am Saturday than it is at 5:00 pm Tuesday)
  3. Arrive with plenty of time to meet and greet, prep your bike, and prep yourself
  4. Introduce yourself to the group as the ride leader and check for new riders
  5. If there are new riders, confirm they have signed a liability waiver.  If not, they need to sign a waiver. Bring a few blank waivers with you to the ride (and feel free to bring new riders with you too).
  6. Confirm all riders are wearing helmets
  7. If anyone is unwilling to wear a helmet or sign a liability waiver, let the individual know that we require a waiver and helmet for everyone’s protection.  We utilize public roads and cannot stop anyone from riding these roads but safety is our number one priority and we cannot include individuals in our group who do not take their own safety seriously.
  8. Announce the route and advise of any potential hazards.  If it is a simple route, provide some landmarks and turn-by-turns.  The exception being for “usual” rides.  If it is a “usual”, make sure everyone riding has ridden the route before - Big Loop with Roots may not mean anything to some riders
  9. Advise the length, pace, regroup locations, drop/no-drop plans, and optional sprints or segments (hill repeats up to the Visitor Center)
  10. Remind riders to let you know if they need to leave the group
  11. Begin the ride at the advertised time

 

During the ride 

  1. Monitor the health of all riders by scanning the pace line and at rest stops.  Look for signs of fatigue, illness, and muscle cramping. If someone is not responsive to your inquiries, immediate steps must be taken to address the rider’s needs. This is the most important aspect of all rides, health and safety.
  2. Ride safely and courteously.  Be the example of our Fitness, Safety, and Community statement
  3. If you observe others being unsafe, tactfully explain to those involved how their action endangers themselves and others in the group
  4. Ride at the advertised pace unless all riders agree to a new pace
  5. Never leave a rider stranded. Be prepared to assist with mechanical and medical needs
  6. Be aware of any new riders on the ride.  They may have overestimated their abilities or may be strong riders but not confident in the close quarters of a group.  New riders should spend a period of time at the back of the paceline to observe how RevRock rides (this may vary between a few miles or the whole ride depending on the rider).  Do not drop a new rider unless you have announced that it is a drop ride. If needed, assign a new ride leader and stay with the new rider or ask a team member to ride with them (unless they do not want anyone to stay with them)
  7. We share the roads/trails with cars, other cyclists, joggers, walkers, children, animals, and so-on.  Be courteous; make sure everyone knows to announce when passing pedestrians/slower riders, do not block traffic unnecessarily, and use vocal and hand signals to let each other know about hazards
  8. During the ride, monitor the overall pace line and ensure that riders aren’t falling off the back or that the riders on the front are not dropping the main pace line. This will require riding outside of the pace line at times to scan the front and rear of the pace line (ensuring that we always check for traffic before pulling out of the pace line).
  9. Anticipate major intersections and turns. Be ready to sprint to the front of the pace line to ensure that the turn is not missed. This is especially important if you have new riders on the front of the pace line.  We do not proceed into an intersection unless the whole group will be safe to follow.