Our group rides are generally held throughout the year as weather and daylight allows. Check the ride calendar for dates and locations of the rides. You can also post a question about the rides on our discussion forum to make sure the ride you plan to join will take place and what the pace will be. Routes are decided at ride time. Some factors which influence the decision are Weather, Daylight remaining, and participants. Weekly rides are generally not held during the winter months. Most rides start at the Carter Machinery parking lot off exit 13 or at the Coomes center in Abingdon. A beginners’ ride is also formed from the Highlands Ski and outdoor center off exit 19 on Wednesday nights. Join The Fun! Group rides can be immensely rewarding. You get a great workout, cover more distance than you would alone and get to hang out with friends. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and join the gang! Our rides are scheduled for the benefit of area riders. These rides help us experience cycling with others with similar interest. Riding Etiquette and common courtesy applies to all group rides regardless of the number of riders, distance or pace. Basic Guidelines: Remember we are a social/recreational group. Always watch out for your fellow cyclist before, during and after the ride. Always help new riders and make them feel welcome. Introduce yourself and don’t just spin off without giving them a basic description of the ride, regrouping points, pace etc. Arrive on time: Make sure you have your equipment and gear ready. Arriving early will give you a few minutes to make sure you address any mechanical issues or make minor adjustments. Equipment failures do happen. Be Predictable - Group riding requires even more attention and predictability than riding alone. Other riders expect you to ride straight, at a constant speed, unless you indicate differently. Watch Out At Intersections - When approaching intersections make sure to call our “slowing”, “stopping” and use hand signals. Left hand out and down with your palm to the rear to signal stopping. If a riders call out “Clear”, it is your responsibility to verify that there is not approaching traffic. Signals: Use verbal and hand signals to warn cyclist behind you of your intentions Announce Hazards – When riding in a pace line, riders behind do not have a clear view of the road ahead. It is important to announce holes, gravel, grates and any other hazards. Point down to the hazard to make everyone behind you aware. Watch for traffic:  It is up to the riders in the back to inform the others about traffic by calling “Car Back”. This warns the riders up front to maintain their position until the car has passed. Call “car up” on narrow roads to warn riders of approaching traffic. Leave A Gap for Cars - When riding up hills or on narrow roads where you are impeding faster traffic, leave a gap for cars between every three or four bicycles. This way motorist can take advantage of shorter passing intervals and eventually move piecemeal around the entire group. Move Off the Road When You Stop – Move well off the road so that you don’t interfere with traffic when waiting to regroup or stopping for a mechanical.  Riding Two Abreast - Ride single file or double file as appropriate to the roadway and traffic conditions and where allowed by law. Even where riding double is legal, set a good example and be an ambassador for cycling. Courtesy dictates that you single up when cars are trying to pass you if the lane is wide enough for them to safely do so. Pick the Right group: Determine the pace and geography of the group prior to joining the ride so that you are not in the middle of a hammerfest when you wanted a social pace etc. Do’s and Dont’s: Don’t overlap wheels while on a pace line Don’t make sudden movements Don’t litter Don’t fixate on the wheel in front of you Don’t sit back and draft the entire ride only to attack on the big hill or sprint at the end of the ride. Don’t spit or blow snot in the air Don’t rush to the front and pick up the pace of the group. Gregg Owens DDS DR Allen & Associates PC Special T MFG Please take a minute to visit our sponsors: