Ride Rules

MAMIL SPORTS and MAMIL SPORTS (Midlands) organise monthly free group rides for people to meet new friends and share a love of cycling, health and fitness.

Our hard working local organisers give up their time for free and do their very best to ensure everyone attending has fun.

These rides take place on the public highway and we expect all participating MAMILS to observe the highway code and ride in a safe and sensible manner.

Before attending please make sure you have read the following guidelines below as well as the disclaimer at the bottom of the page.

RIDE SAFE !

MAMIL SPORTS HQ


RIDE RULES & GUIDANCE

Ride speeds

The local organisers will advertise a number of groups with specific speeds prior to the day.

When you choose your group please respect these speeds during the ride. if you push the pace the peloton will split and MAMILs at the back will struggle to keep up with the group.

We have a strict NO-ONE GETS DROPPED policy and fun and enjoyment is at the heart of the MAMIL SPORTS ethos.

Ride leaders will monitor the pace – please do not spoil the enjoyment of others. Join a faster group instead.

Ride Volunteers

A ride volunteer will be appointed before each ride. The ride volunteer will stay at the front of the group at all times and must not be overtaken by any riders.

The ride leaders know the local roads well and have voluntarily given up their time to help deliver an enjoyable, fun ride. Please respect their role on the day.

The ride volunteer(s) on the day will:

  • Determine if there are circumstances where overtaking can occur, and this will then be communicated to the group with a clear instruction on where the ride will re-group.
  • Build in stops to the ride
  • Communicate the route and stops to the group before commencing the ride
  • If there are sufficient riders in the group, the ride leader may appoint a ‘sweeper’ who will remain at the back of the group to ensure no riders are left behind.

With large groups (i.e. above 20 riders), the group will split into two wherever possible. This may mean appointing assistant leaders to manage the second group. The groups should stay within sight of each other but leave a gap between the two groups to enable vehicles to overtake safely by allowing them to overtake in two stages.

The route:

The agreed ride route shall not be changed unless for reasons of safety or road closures, any changes will be at the sole direction of the ride leader.

The riders:

By taking part in a ride you agree to:

  • Wear a helmet at all times during the ride
  • Be responsible for your own safety and of those around you
  • Check behind and around you before changing your position on the road. Be aware of others around you
  • Be prepared to “single out” when necessary but remain as a tight group
  • Ensuring you and your bike are roadworthy!
  • Carry suitable spares, tools, and clothing and some of your own food and drink so that you are self-reliant
  • Carry at least one form of identification and emergency contact details.
  • Observe and obey the rules of the Highway Code. Those riders who endanger themselves, the group or other road users will be cautioned by the ride leader. Failure to rectify riding behaviour will result in being asked to leave the group
  • Never overtake the cyclist ahead on the inside
  • Be prepared for sudden braking in traffic and at other times
  • Never “run” a red light
  • Let the sweeper or leader know if you are getting tired and need to stop
  • Remember the rides are not for racing or beating your friends on Strava! We ride together as a group and encourage a social atmosphere.

Ride communication:

  • Use your eyes, signals and body language to communicate your intentions to the group and other road users (& never be more than 2 abreast)
  • Be prepared to move out as a group into the primary position on the road (i.e. “taking the lane”) when advisable to prevent vehicles “squeezing” the group into the side of the road where the lane is narrow (e.g. past traffic islands and other road furniture).
  • Relay hand signals to those behind you to warn of dangers or changes of direction if it is safe to do so.

The main signals to be aware of are:

Verbal signals:

  • “Car back” – A car is approaching the rear of the group and those riding side by side should revert to single file to allow the car to pass safely.
  • “Car front” – Usually used when on a narrow road to warn of a car approaching the front of the group, those riding side by side should revert to single file when safe to do so.
  • “Ease off” – A general command to reduce the pace of the group, this may be issued because the group is about to stop or to allow gaps in the group to be reduced. May also be accompanied by the ‘stopping’ hand signal.

Hand signals:

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Obstruction below:

Pointing down at the road sometimes with a circling motion to obstruction on road such as a pothole or drain cover that needs to be avoided. Be sensible with this one and only point out major obstacles.

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Moving out:

Waving/pointing behind back indicates that there is an obstruction such as a parked car or pedestrian and that the whole group needs to move in the direction indicated to avoid it.

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Stopping:

Hand straight up in air. Group is stopping for a junction, puncture or because there is an obstruction in the road.

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Slowing down:

Move one hand as if gently patting an invisible dog. Group is slowing down or just easing things back a bit.


RIDE DISCLAIMER

I, or my parent/guardian (for riders under 18 years old on the day of the ride), accept and agree that neither the organisers, nor their agents, officials, helpers, sponsors and fellow riders shall be liable in any way, or in any circumstances, for any damage, loss or injury that I may suffer during, in connection with, or as a result of partaking in this free ride, however caused. If, under 18 years old, my parent/guardian acknowledge that I must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times during the MAMIL SPORTS (Midlands) monthly free ride.

This ride will be taking place on the public highway and I agree that I participate entirely at my own risk, that I must rely on my own ability in dealing with any hazards, and that I must ride in a manner which is safe for myself and all others. I take full responsibility for my own safety. I appreciate that tiredness can impair my judgment and if I feel my judgement is impaired, I must stop refuel and if my condition does not improve stop and cease partaking in the ride. I also declare that the cycle I will ride on the day is in good working order and properly maintained.

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