Riding in a group
For some people riding in a group is a regular occurrence, however, if you’re new to cycling it’s possible that until you have joined a club or developed a like minded group to enjoy the road with then riding with others will be a new or ‘yet to be discovered’ experience. It may not be at the forefront of your mind but group riding has it’s own etiquette with a few factors to think about.
When there’s just you out on the road you are small enough for a car pass. You can see the road ahead and will not have someone chatting away next to you as a distraction. Place yourself in a group and this dynamic changes considerably. Having said that, group riding is a great way to meet up and socialise with friends. Time flies by with good conversation and often you can easily explore new roads with the security of being with people who know the way.
Group riding for the first time may feel quite different. Pay attention to what is happening around you and be considerate in your movements – especially to those behind you. Look for signals from the rider ahead, pointing out potholes, gravel, parked cars etc. Whilst riding two abreast isn’t illegal it can upset some motorists so be respectful to other road users.
One big advantage of riding in a group is learning how to draft and duck out of the wind to reserve energy, especially useful if you do plan to ride a sportive and have only experienced solo miles.
I hope that helps get the most from your weekend on the bike. If you have any questions then give me a nod over on Twitter @Cottydale and I’ll be happy to help.