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The Skill of Group Cycling

posted 25 Jan 2016, 14:14 by Kevin Monaghan
(By Shay O'Toole - Mon. 25th January 2016)   
Every year the arrival of February heralds the appearance of several riders who have been hibernating over the winter months leading to a noticeable increase in numbers turning up for the club spins. On foot of this inevitable development, this may be an appropriate time to refresh minds on the importance of the etiquette of group cycling. Hopefully the following tips will be helpful to all Wheelers.

The ability to cycle comfortably and safely in a group is a skill which, like all skills needs to be learned and practiced. Whilst it is not rocket science, there are some very basic things to keep in mind when cycling with a group, such as being aware of A) your capabilities and B) your fellow cyclists. 

If you have time, check out the Quick Guides to Cornering, Bike Maintenance and Tips for New Cyclists in the Publications section.

Enjoy your cycling and remember to:
Ensure your bike is roadworthy and fully serviced if it has been out of action recently.
Get used to spinning in the small chainring to get fitness back.
Pull smoothly when at the front of the group and avoid surging ahead.
Rotate off the front smoothly and be aware of the following wheel.
When going uphill pedal smoothly and continue to ride over the top of the hill.
Learn to hold your line when cornering.
If you need to stand out of the saddle do so smoothly and avoid letting your bike kick back.
Keep a safe distance from the wheel in front to allow him/her to do likewise.
Try to follow the wheel in front of you and do not overlap or “halfwheel”.
Alert fellow riders to hazards such as potholes or debris on the road.
Try to learn the art of braking, use them softly and only “jam on” when necessary.
Never, never cross the white line.

Good Example of group cycling formation
A good Example of group cycling formation.