Summit Cycling Club

Got the right stuff, have cycled with us on our Saturday rides and interested in joining our club, below is a list of requirements to become a club member and fly the Summit colors.  It is essential that good paceline skills are employed.  WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO DENY MEMBERSHIP FOR ANY REASON.

Summit Club Member - Common Denominator Requirements

Our club consists of riders who exercise good sportsmanship, exercise good safety practices and possess good bicycle handling skills, including but not limited to cornering at speed, holding line and good pacelining skills as identified below:

Be Careful, Considerate

Bikes are considered vehicles, just like cars, and are required to obey the same traffic laws. Subjecting your fellow riders to danger is certain to make a bad impression of our club. Avoid darting in front of cars while making a left or crossing an intersection when only 2 or 3 riders can successfully get across. It’s a natural tendency to follow the rider ahead of you and having to make a split-second decision whether to cross or not places the cyclists behind you in jeopardy.

Communication is the key to safe group rides. Visibility is limited when riding in a group, keep your head up, warn others about hazards, road debris, and potholes, approaching vehicles, and remain alert, avoid abrupt, jerky movements.  Verbalize and make less experienced riders aware of proper peloton protocol.

Paceline Manners

Pace line riding is designed to keep the group’s speed consistent and ride efficient. Those not participating in the pace line should ride in the rear along with those who have exerted themselves, if advancing to participate in the pace line communicate to rider you may be passing to make them aware of your presence.  Be cautious of those around you making sudden or unexpected moves. Just because someone has strength and can ride at a higher pace doesn't mean they possess good pacelining skills.  

Ride Smart To Stay Safe
Group-ride dynamics are different each and every ride, you take what the peloton delivers!  There will always be micro adjusting as the pace and terrain changes and the pack sprawls and compresses. It is mportant to ride smoothly and hold your line and avoid hard braking as much as possible.

1. Stay alert at all times. Never assume that it’s safe. Keep “reading” the dynamics of the group and micro adjust.  Always leave yourself an out by keeping on opening to one side that you can escape through if there’s a crash or obstacle you have to avoid.

2. Hold your line. This means swerving as little as possible. If you need to move left or right, do so gradually after checking the area for other riders and pointing out your move to inform your fellow riders of your intentions. If you notice that someone is swerving, he’s probably tired or inexperienced, micro adjust.  This is absolutely critical during sprints. 

3. Don’t overlap wheels. Overlapping is putting your front wheel next to someone’s rear wheel. This is asking for trouble, because if they move, they’ll bump your front wheel knocking you down. Try to always be behind the bike(s) in front unless you are riding directly beside another rider in a double paceline or you’re passing.

4. Don’t look back! Looking back causes even skilled riders to swerve, which can cause a crash.  This is a dangerous sport, stay focused and use peripheral vision to be constantly aware of those around you.

5. Relax! Use a relaxed grip on the handlebars, keep your shoulders down (not scrunched up against your neck) and bring your elbows down and in so that they’re slightly bent. These steps will help you stay relaxed, which allows for quicker reaction time and prevents tension in the neck and shoulders that can lead to fatigue and sloppy, choppy riding.

6. Focus.  Look to the riders ahead of you and don’t make the common mistake of concentrating on the back wheel in front of you. Look up at the shoulders of the riders ahead and occasionally look at the road ahead and the riders up front so you can see what’s going on. Get a peek at the whole picture and micro adjust.  We live in an area where deer are plentiful and pose a hazard.

7. Don’t brake suddenly.  Unless absolutely necessary. If you must brake, do so lightly to reduce speed. You can also slow down by sitting more upright and allowing your chest to create a drag in the wind.

8. Warn others of hazards. Give the group a shout out of any hazards, road conditions, roaming beasts, etc.

9. Pass carefully. Sometimes you’ll see the riders ahead starting to accelerate and you’ll want to jump up to them. Be careful! Make sure you’re not going to get cut off or cut someone else off. Usually, a moment’s hesitation is all it takes to make the move safely.

10. If you are whipped, move to the rear. Fatigue contributes to dangerous riding, so it’s safer to go to the back of the group than to be in the middle of the action if you are unable to comfortably maintain the pace.  Don’t make erratic movements; tell those around you that you’re dropping back so it’s a safer move.

11Do not use aero or Time Trial bars in the paceline -- no exceptions!      

12.  Do not clear your nose or spit unless you are either at the back of the group or you are far enough away to avoid sullying another rider with your snotty discharges.  Be considerate when you spit.

13.  Keep your equipment in good working order.

14Helmets required at ALL times

15.  Obey traffic laws. Do not cross center yellow line at any time, stop at all red lights and be mindful and abide by other traffic laws.

16.  Respect your fellow rider - sportsmanship is a must, we do not tolerate harassing club members which could lead to termination of membership.

Responsible Social Networking

Use social media responsibility.  Use common sense and discretion when posting to Strava, Facebook, Instagram, etc. Bashing other cyclists in a social forum is cyber-bullying and is unsportsmanlike conduct.

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