Ride Safe:
Read our Rules of the Road

Obey these rules: we want you to have fun AND stay safe on the road.

Be alert, steady, calm and predictable. 

    • Helmets are mandatory and must be snug fitting. Ensure it is not cracked or > 3-5 years old
    • Clipped in pedals are mandatoryNO tri-bars please.
    • Wear sunscreen. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun, road debris or unexpected rain. 
    • Ride with a spare tire, CO2 cartridge and/or pump. Know how to change your tire.
    • Know,  maintain, and clean your bike and cleats, and lube your chain, so you have a a good ride.
    • Book a bike fit to avoid injury and cycle more effectively and comfortably.
    • Bring 2 water bottles and extra food on rides. You are responsible to fuel appropriately.  Rule of thumb is 1 bottle of H2O/hr, 60 grams of carbs/hr. Wash your water bottles! Drink more if it is hot. If you have a cramp, drink H2O or electrolytes.
    • Follow car rules of the road: obey traffic signs, stop at stop signs and red lights, stop at cross walks for pedestrians. If a group gets divided at a stop light, wait for them to join you after the light has changed.
    • Use your hand signals or call out significant hazards, stops, and turns. 
    • Ride as close as you feel comfortable to the rider’s wheel in front of you but DO NOT cross tires.
    • Ride tight to the right, in a straight line, and close the gaps in your riding group. 
    • Adjust the group pace if necessary by soft pedaling or feather braking so the group stays together.
    • When starting from a stop, lead riders ride out slowly so rest of group can clip in and catch up
    • Do not ride between a car and a parked car. Watch out for parked cars opening their doors. 
    • Share the lead. If you feel comfortable in a pace line, do your time up front, remember – do not surge when you take the lead, just keep a steady pace.
    • On a climb, give the rider in front of you a bit more room in case they stand.
    • If standing, say “standing” so the rider behind is aware. Do not to throw your bike back when you stand. 
    • On a descent: faster riders descend first and leave lots of space between riders in case a rider needs to  swerve or make an emergency stop. 
    • When passing, please say “on your left”. 
    • Shoulder check when you are passing or turning. 
    • Double up at left hand turns (be like a car), last rider checks to see if road is clear.
    • During the ride, advise your Ride Leader is a stranger asks or tails the group. They are unsafe for the group. Slow down to a stop to communicate with the stranger, or let them pass ahead.
    • No earphones… it is just not safe. But, feel free to sing if you must.
    • Do NOT take photos while riding in a pace line. Take photos when you are at a full stop. Smile:)
    • BE KIND. We all share the road so be courteous to drivers, pedestrians, and other cyclists.
    • Wear your WOWride club kit to look awesome.Get kit here!
    • Bring/wear weather appropriate clothing. If < 15 degrees, wear knee/toe warmers. Take jacket/vest for descents. 
    • Be on time for scheduled rides.
    • Be honest with your ability/fitness level.  We are here to help you improve no matter where you are right now.
    • Ride hard. Smile often… as Axel Meryx says. Bring your willing legs and lungs to every ride.  Give it your all and have fun.
    • Be generous and share: cycling knowledge, healthy recipes and nutrition, stretches and photos.
    • Keep up with the group: Ride straight, at a steady pace, and in control while fueling/communicating.
    • Leaving a ride early? Let us know on the ride and text your domestique when you get home.

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We are #strongertogether. See you on the road.