Whether you’re a seasoned or casual cyclist, the ability to ride safely in a group is one of the most important skills in cycling.
Follow these basic tips to ensure a safe ride for all cyclist on the Ring of Beara Cycle Kenmare:
It’s Not a Race
The Ring of Beara Cycle is NOT a race. You are not to “attack” off the front or try to show everyone how strong you are. That’s what races are for.
Signal and obstacles
When you see an obstacle such as a pothole, glass or manholes in the road ahead of you, put your hand down and give a signal that lets the riders behind you know in which direction they should go to avoid it. If you only see the obstacle at the last minute, ride through it! Better to get a flat than to take down the whole group
Keep your line
Don’t weave across the road; keep your relative position from the edges of the road. When coming past someone and moving in front of them be sure not to cut in front of them.
No sudden braking
Cyclist stopping suddenly is probably the biggest crash causer on sportive rides. If you need to slow down or adjust your position because the road ahead is damaged or obstructed, just steadily move in whatever direction you want to go in. The key to all group riding is to do things gradually and steadily.
Always call out a hazard as riders behind you may not see it. For example, if a cyclists drop a bottle then call “bottle” and never stop to pick it up.
Don’t look back
The most common novice’s mistake. Most riders, when they look back, change their line and speed causing chaos and also don’t see what’s about to happen. If you hear a crash behind you, keep looking forward and the bunch will naturally slow and stop.
When this happens, raise your hand so that riders behind can see that you are an obstacle and can avoid you. Don’t stop until the bunch has completely passed you. Move to the side of the road.