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Group Cycling Safety

Our cycle events will often have groups of participants between 10 & 40 and therefore we strongly recommend practising cycling with others ahead of the challenge.

Here are a few points to help you prepare for an event:

  • Learn the hand signals – Before we set off on a challenge, the cycling leaders will brief the standard cycling arm signals to look out for. You can find them in advance here.
  • Communicate messages from the front – Our cycle leaders at times will shout messages to be passed on through the pack providing important information.
  • Ride consistently – Do not make sudden movements; don’t weave, grab your brakes (unless for an emergency!) or overtake on the left. If you are moving within the group, let others around you know so they are expecting the change.
  • Stay alert – Be relaxed however keep an eye on what is happening in front and around. If you are in a built-up area, watch out for vehicles pulling out or opening doors!
  • Drafting – You do not have to be practically touching wheels to benefit from drafting. Cycling six inches either side of the rear wheel in front will provide you with the same effect. You do not want to get caught up if the person in front should suddenly brake! Work together as a team and support each other.
  • Have your bike checked – A service ahead of any challenge event is highly recommended to eliminate potential bike problems during the challenge. CC does provide an MOT service which must be booked in advance of the challenge.
  • Pay attention to instructions – Our CC team have cycled the routes numerous times and therefore know all the sections in detail. They will pre-warn about difficult bends, junctions, tram lines (in Amsterdam!) and share how you will need to approach them so ensure you listen to everything they say.
  • Be considerate – There will always be different capabilities within a group (it is natural to have the “fastest” and the “slowest”) so if someone is wishing to pass, stay to the left to allow this to happen.
  • Headphones and phones – No headphones and phones should be used whilst cycling by our participants; you must remain alert and 100% focussed throughout.
  • Respect for residents and communities – When cycling through residential areas, we must keep the noise down and not litter or damage anything when passing.
  • Bike Helmets – All participants must wear a bike helmet that conforms to a recognised safety standard when undertaking a CC cycling event.
  • Bike Repairs – We do suggest all participants should learn how to replace an inner tube and should carry spares, tyre levers and a small pump with them always. Our cycling team will be able to help replace and the support vehicles do have track pumps if they are able to get close enough to the cyclists to speed up the repair. Bring plenty of spare inner tubes; it is best to have more than less! We do carry some spares on board which you can purchase from the support vehicle if you get through yours.

You can find out more details about group cycling on the UK British Cycling website. If you have any questions, please contact us.