Submitted by lt_dan on Sun, 04/15/2012 - 5:02pm
SHCC organized rides will have a ride leader and as a minimum one (1) sweep rider. When group size and skill level dictates the group may split into subgroups based on rider skill levels and subgroup ride leaders and sweep riders will be assigned to each subgroup.
SHCC recommends all Members be aware of trail conditions before riding and the potential effect of riding on the trails at that time. Avoid riding on trails when they are muddy. It is not recommended to modify any existing trails or deviate from the trail’s natural tread line. This includes but is not limited to the removal of any natural growth such as trees or bushes.
To ensure the safety of all of our riders, please review our Rules for Club Rides below.
For Every Ride please come prepared with:
- A bicycle in working order
- An approved bicycle helmet (NO Helmet, NO Ride)
- SHCC Membership Card, OR if you are a guest rider, please bring a signed waiver found on our website and forum. NO membership card or waiver, NO Ride)
- Water and Snacks
- Tires properly inflated
- Repair kit (tools, extra tube, trail pump)
- First Aid supplies
- Cell Phone
- Appropriate weather riding gear
- Lights (charged, if applicable)
Guest Riders with no signed waiver are asked to arrive 15 minutes in advance to sign a waiver from the Group Leader. Guest riders are welcome to attend one group ride before committing to joining the club. See membership details on our website for more information.
During The Ride
- Keep tabs on the rider behind you. Keep visual contact, particularly before any turns off the main trail
- Inclement weather: if a ride is going to be cancelled due to weather and trail conditions, it will be posted on our forum no later than two hours before the scheduled ride
- Leave two bike lengths of distance between you and the rider in front of you. This will allow enough time to stop and avoid collisions
- Be courteous to other riders, hikers and runners on the trail
- Take frequent head counts. It is expected that groups are aware of where all its riders are at reasonable intervals on the ride. It will also be expected that all riders wait for others in their group and are prepared to look for and help injured or lost riders.
- Ride leaders are not guides but rather members who know the trail and have volunteered to show others the way. If you have a favourite trail that you know, please volunteer to be a ride leader!
- Most important: Have fun!