Nice riding in hot conditions, I was cooked.
Some points I noticed for larger groups like this morning, that would make the ride more enjoyable for everyone.
1) Post you attendance, even in the morning, it takes 5 seconds and helps the ride organiser plan the ride. Common courtesy.
2) On the way out 2×2, ride WITH your partner, not racing against them, don’t smash it off the front and drop your partner, creating a huge mess behind and leaving the group unorganised.
3) When stopped at the lights, and you are at the front, resume easy, everyone behind has to wait to clip in etc and if the front sprints off, the back have no chance to get on. Let everyone back on, then build the speed back.
4) On sharp turns, for example left onto Tucker road, similar to the above rule, if you are on front, be mindful of the rest of the group that need to slow down more to turn. If you smash it on the front because you have an advantage of nothing in front of you, everyone gets dropped. Slightly ease and allow regroup, then resume speed.
5) Don’t jump the queue on track turns up Bluff etc. it creates chaos, let the natural order progress.
6) In support of point 5, if you are on front, and slowing because you are tired, move off instantly, don’t slow the group down.
7) if you don’t want to do front work on track turns, please call in the person who has just rolled off the front so they know where to jump in. The idea is to give everyone a go at the front, but if you are not comfortable, please let the regulars know where to sit in. Shaun, Adam, me are happy to do the front, but we are also trying to give others a go, so please be vocal on your intentions.
8) Basic rolling turns etiquette. Once you hit the front and go left, EASE, don’t keep pushing like you were on the right.
9) If you are going to sprint into black rock, do so safely, don’t attack from the inside left of others.
10) Please be careful of the roundabouts, don’t put being dropped in front of braking and safety. There are some blind spots on some of those roundabouts.
Tips for staying awake while reading Travis’s blog…..
1 – coffee and lots of it
2 – try an get a good sleep the day before
3 – toothpicks under the eyelids quite effective
4 – normally I am a staunch opponent of all forms of drugs in cycling, however for this I make an exception. Anphetimines are the drug of choice here.
In all seriousness thanks Trav for your time and effort to make us a better riding group.