Our rides are generally designed for traditional road bikes. A road bike with time-trial style handlebars is not recommended due to the reduced suitability to group riding.
Riders are required to carry their Cycling Australia license (or a copy of the email confirming their membership) on all rides.
All riders must wear a helmet that meets Australian standards.
Riders should wear road cycling specific clothing and shoes for their own comfort. Additional layers or wet weather apparel may be required for some rides.
We encourage our riders to wear HCC kit where possible.
In addition each rider should bring:
- Sufficient hydration (water or electrolytes)
- Food (such and gels or energy bars)
- Mobile phone
- Spare tube
- Pump or CO2 canister
- Tyre levers
- A multitool
Before the Ride
Detailed pre-ride information is provided on TeamApp before each ride. This will include a route map, start time and location, estimated duration, and comments on the anticipated features and difficulty of the ride.
Rides have an advertised start time. Riders must be ready to roll at this time. Those who arrive late will be left behind.
The start time marks the commencement of the rider briefing and participant introduction which will be led by the Ride Leader. Typically this takes 5-10 minutes.
During the Ride
Our rides follow sealed bitumen roads unless otherwise specified in the pre-ride information. Riders must follow all laws and road rules applicable to cyclists when riding with the club. Riders can travel two-abreast where safe to do so.
Riders are encouraged to ride in a “bunch” formation as this is the most efficient and enjoyable way to ride in a group. In such an arrangement riders are expected to follow basic bunch ride etiquette including visual and verbal communication.
There is an excellent article on CyclingTips that provides a guide to bunch ride etiquette.
Ride Leader & Co-Leader
A Ride Leader will always ride at the front of the group. If the group is large enough a co-leader will also ride at the rear of the group.
The leader will attempt to set the pace based on the capability of the group. Typical average pace for rides in the past has been 24-28km/h depending on terrain and other factors. When climbing, riders are encouraged to ride at any pace they feel comfortable with.
“No Drop” Policy
Our rides feature a no-drop policy, so no rider will be left behind. If a significant speed differential is observed between the front and rear of the group then the ride may be split. At some points the Ride Leader may also choose to allow the group to spread out on the basis that a re-group will occur at the next intersection or top of a climb.
Weather & Ride Cancellation
Typically our rides will proceed in ‘poor’ weather if the conditions are safe. However a ride may be cancelled at short notice as a result of prevailing weather or another unforeseen reason. In this case the Ride Leader will post a comment in the HCC Recreational Riding Strava Club.
Regardless of weather conditions, it is highly recommended that riders check TeamApp on the morning of the ride for any last-minute announcements.
If a rider experiences mechanical issues and is forced to stop, the Ride Leader will generally choose to continue the ride leaving the Co-Leader to stay with the affected rider until the issue is resolved or a resolution is found.
Departing a Ride Early
If a rider chooses to or is forced to depart a ride before the planned finish, it is essential that the rider notify the Ride Leader, so that the group isn’t held up waiting for anyone who is no longer participating.