Summit Cycling Club

Summit Ride Rules

If you ride with us, we insist you abide by our club rules. You must demonstrate good safe riding practices at all times, exercise good sportsmanship, and possess good bicycle handling skills including cornering at speed, holding line, riding in close proximity to others, having good pacelining skills, etc. and other as identified below.  And, you must have read and accepted our Club Waiver and Release of Liability.

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 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.  Just because someone has strength and can ride at a higher pace doesn't mean possess good pacelining skills.  

Ride Smart to Ride 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, the pack sprawls and compresses. Ride smoothly and hold your line, 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 check to make sure you have a clear opening but don't move unpredictably.  Point 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’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, use peripheral vision to be constantly aware or 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 which helps to avoid numbness in the fingers. These steps will help you stay relaxed, which allows 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 and are having trouble holding the pace of those around you, 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.

11Use of aero or Time Trial bars are not allowed on Summit rides.      

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 and be capable of changing a flat and handling minor mechanical issues on your bike. 

14Helmets are required at ALL times. 

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

16.  Respect your fellow rider - While it is ok to call out poor cycling behavior, harassing riders is not tolerated.

17. Respect the route - Dropping trash, not allowing cars to pass or otherwise being disrespectful of the areas we ride through can lead to resentment from the public and is not tolerated.

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 unsportsmanlike conduct.  

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