Group Ride Guidelines

group rides

A Portland Velo group ride is a special thing.  For many of us, it’s the highlight of the week.  Why is our Saturday ride so much better than the countless other group rides we’ve all tried?  It’s about the ride yes, but it’s also about the people and–more to the point–The Group.

PV’s Group Ride Guidelines:

Safety first. Follow the rules of the road: Stop at red lights, give right-of-way, ride to the right.

  1. It’s not a race. A group ride is just that, riding as a group, for the benefit of the group. If you want to show people how fast you can ride, get an OBRA license and participate in some of the amazing races we have nearby. 
  2. We are a “No Drop” club. We take care of each other. The day you pull in a rider who bonked, or help fix a flat will surely be repaid to you or another friend who’s run out of gas.
  1. Communicate. Call out obstacles and traffic for the group. If you head back early in the route or decide to drop back to another group, make sure that you let someone know.
  2. Know your limitations.  If you don’t feel comfortable riding in a line stay near the back of the group.  If you have a specific concern talk to the ride leader either right away, or at the end of the ride.
  3. Share the work.  Unless your feeling spent, share some time at the front. A good paceline is a SMOOTH paceline.  Keep your speed steady and ride predictably.
  4. Play your part.  Ride safely, help keep the group on course and within a pace that is agreeable to everyone in your group.
  5. Be sociable. Make everyone feel welcome. Be friendly with those you ride with, new or well known.
  6. Be open to advice. One of the many benefits of riding in a group is getting helpful feedback from fellow riders.
  7. Represent.  Like it or not, you are cycling’s ambassadors.  Take pride in riding safely and projecting a positive image for the club and the cycling community.