Ride Leader Guidelines
- Prepare a cue sheet and/or map (either new or existing club route) and scout the route before the ride. You may use cue sheets in the club's cue sheet library. Other good places to find cue sheets or to create a cue sheet are www.RideWithGPS.com, www.Bikely.com and www.MapMyRide.com.
- Submit the ride to the Ride Schedule with the online Ride Submission Form. Rides submitted will automatically appear on the online schedule. To submit multiples rides, use your browser's "back" button to return to the ride submission form.
- If you have a cell phone, include its number on the cue sheet and have your cell phone on during the ride.
- Arrive 10-15 minutes before the ride start time.
- Have all riders sign a release sign-up form.
- Give all riders a cue sheet and/or map.
- Welcome the riders and brief them on details of ride stops, problems, pace, etc.
- Make sure the riders wear helmets.
- "Lead from the rear" or appoint someone to "ride sweep!"
- Ride at the advertised pace!
- Carry the sign-up sheet with you on the ride so that you have riders' emergency contact information if needed.
- After finishing the ride, make sure that all riders are accounted for.
- Post your ride report on the Ride Reports page.
- Arrive early to sign-in and be ready to leave on time.
- Some starting points do not have restrooms, plan accordingly.
- Make sure your bicycle is in proper working order before you arrive.
- Carry a spare tube, patch kit, pump, water bottle and snack.
- Carry identification and emergency money.
- Sign a ride waiver and get a cue sheet and/or map from the ride leader.
- Wear a helmet!
- Practice safety and obey all traffic laws.
- Do not "bike off" more than you can do. Go on rides within your ability, interest and experience level. If in doubt, phone the ride leader.
- Riders should maintain the pace as advertised. The rider may ride faster or slower than this pace if s/he knows the route and advises the leader accordingly. In this case the leader will not be responsible for the cyclists safe return or completion of the ride.
- Riders should advise the ride leader if the rider will not complete the ride or deviate from the designated route.
- Riders should warn nearby cyclists of road debris or, when in the rear, warning leading cyclists of approaching motorists from behind.
- Riders should as simple courtesy help out others with mechanical problems. Riders will try to help but there is no obligation to wait for cyclists with major breakdowns.
- Riders should use common sense and courtesy.