Our Club rides are many and varied and always run to the slowest riders pace. We are an all-inclusive club and nobody is ever left behind.

We ride both on and off road around the Watton at Stone area and further afield. Our members are often to be seen taking part in Audax, Sportive and Vintage events. We even have a few members who road race and time trial. But in the main we are a social cycling group that ride our bikes for the pleasure being in the company of likeminded people and to enjoy our lovely county.

On the Road rides there is usually a stop for coffee and cake at one of the many cyclist haunts in Hertfordshire mid ride to refresh the parts only coffee and cake can do before the final leg back to Watton at Stone and home.

Ride leaders must plan their rides prior to leading the ride with club members and take into account any possible hazards, distance, grade and weather conditions

Road rides are graded according to speed i.e. Easy, Moderate or Fast so please state this with your details to the club ride co-ordinator giving approximate average speed (mph).

Off road rides are graded according to degree of difficulty i.e. Green, Blue, Red or Black.

If rides are difficult or technical then make sure your members are capable of riding safely with you. State the type of bike you consider suitable.

Details of the ride should also include your contact number, the start and approx finish times and where the ride will commence from.

Details of your ride should be sent to the club ride co-ordinator in good time to be posted on the web site and for an email to go to members.

Maps or GPS should be carried and allow for a shorter route home if any problems occur or weather conditions change.

Leaders must wait at junctions in a safe place to ensure all riders are present.

Allow for a refreshment stop, if possible. If the ride cannot include a refreshment stop please state this in your ride notes, prior to the ride date

It is the ride leader’s responsibility to cancel if weather conditions are not safe or favourable. Lights and high visibility clothing are recommended where conditions dictate.

Ride leaders must be familiar with the Club Accident Protocol and should carry a basic first aid kit.

Make sure you have a mobile phone or access to one on all rides and that members know how to contact you.

Ride leaders should carry a basic tool kit, pump and spare inner tube.

Members are expected to carry their own repair kits and spare tubes.

Before the ride commences the leader must complete a ride signing on sheet and make sure that riders have your mobile phone number.

Inform riders of any hazards etc. which may be encountered on route.

Ride leaders are not responsible for riders who go ahead and get lost.

You are not expected to go in search of them.

If a rider gets behind due to a problem then you must go back for them and instruct the rest of the ride to wait at a safe place.

If riders wish to leave the ride they must inform you and will continue at their own risk.

A ride report can be sent to the club secretary for inclusion in the Parish News and Club Newsletter.

All dates and rides/events are subject to change/cancellation/weather.

All rides start from the Nigel Poulton Community Hall in Watton at Stone unless otherwise advised.

Unless stated as off road (OR) all rides are road rides.

Winter weekend runs start at 9.30am unless otherwise advised circa 30 miles

Summer weekend rides also at 9.00 am unless otherwise advised. 30 – 40 miles

Mid-week morning rides start at 9.30 am unless otherwise advised. Circa 20 miles

Mid-week evening rides (OR) commence on the first Thursday in May start at 6.00 pm
circa 15-18 miles at moderate pace

There will be occasional Saturday morning rides for less experienced riders

Rides maybe split into groups at the ride leader’s discretion to cater for size and speed of group. Each group must have a designated experienced ride leader.

There will also be occasional additional rides e.g. Good Friday, Bank holiday etc

Unless stated otherwise rides will be at the slowest riders pace in the following classifications.

Slow pace rides average 8-10 mph Moderate pace rides average 11-14 mph

Fast pace rides average 15 mph and over

If you are not sure if you can ride the pace or distance contact the ride co-ordinator/leader before the ride commences or discuss with the rider leader on the day

All rides make provision for a coffee break mid ride or sometimes at the end if an off road ride. If not the ride leader to advise the Rides Co-ordinator that that riders are to bring their own refreshment’s when submitting details of the ride.

See website for further information and contact details of each ride. www.wattonwheelers.org.uk

Ride protocol is an important element of cycling and safety on the ride is paramount

Members should be familiar with the Club Accident Protocol.

If you need to contact the emergency services please dial 112 so that your location can be pinpointed.
This number will also get you through to 999 .Use 111 for non emergency assistance

Ride leaders should have a basic first aid kit but it is advisable to have one of your own.

Please follow the ride leader’s instructions at the commencement of the ride

If you have a mobile phone please take it on rides with you and have the leaders number in case of need.

All members are expected to have a good knowledge of the Highway Code and adhere to it at all times

If you ride ahead of the leader, get lost or take a wrong turn you do so at your own risk.

It is not the ride leader’s responsibility to look for you

If you get left behind for any reason wait where you last saw riders and someone will come back for you.

It is paramount that you do not divert off in search of others

Where advised by the ride leader or road conditions dictate, avoid riding in large groups, ride in small groups & leave gaps to enable motorists to pass

When waiting for other riders to catch up do not congest junctions. Move ahead or stop well before the junction and wait in single file at the side of the road

Single file etiquette, allow the inner rider to proceed and the outer to drop back in line

Maximum of two riders abreast please and only when conditions allow

Close up the gaps at roundabouts and junctions and signal in good time

Please be considerate of your fellow riders and warn them of hazards.

Shout CAR UP (vehicle approaching from behind). CAR DOWN (vehicle approaching from the front).

Indicate with a hand signal for potholes, broken glass etc

Maintain your concentration throughout the ride

Off road terrain will present risks, do not ride above your ability. If in doubt discuss the ride prior to the start with the ride leader. If in doubt about a section of trail or trail obstacle – stop and walk the section of trail or over the obstacle. Your safety is the first priority and other riders will wait for you.

It is an offence to cycle on a public footway and there is a fixed penalty fine subject to police enforcement. If in doubt speak to ride leader

Before commencing your ride ensure that your cycle is’ fit for purpose’ and you are in
possession of a cycle repair kit, pump and spare tube, ensure that you are suitably attired
and in possession of a helmet and gloves, hi-vis and lights if appropriate.

Helmets are mandatory on off road rides and recommended on road rides. If a rider decides not to use a helmet this is entirely at their own risk. In Sportives and British Cycling events wearing of helmets is mandatory.

If you are unsure of procedures for cycling on the road please contact a committee member for advice.

Cycling tuition can be arranged. Cyclecraft by John Franklin is a good reference book.

A copy of this document will be issued to all members upon payment of your subscription and available on the website

First Aid Kit:
John Waring (01920 832147) holds the club first aid kit. Ride Leaders are responsible for collecting and returning this to John for each ride.

Editors note please change name if required to person responsible for first aid kit.

Alternatively the Ride Leader should carry their own basic first aid kit.

Suggested items for first aid kit: (see Marion Blacktin for any help with this)
Bottle of water for irrigation and wound cleansing
Disposable gloves and plastic bag for waste
Non-adhesive wound dressings. Eye pad. Crepe bandage.
Triangular bandage. Safety Pins. Gauze swabs. Adhesive tape
Various sized plasters. Moist wipes. Scissors. Antiseptic cream.

First Aider/ride leader
The Ride Leader should have a basic knowledge of first aid and must carry a mobile phone or have the use of one. Marion can provide First Aid Training for anyone who would like it.

At the beginning of each ride the Ride Leader shall appoint a ‘Sweeper’ to stay at the back of the ride and in the event of an accident this person will act as traffic controller for vehicles approaching from behind. In the event of an accident the Ride Leader should also appoint another member to control approaching traffic in the opposite direction.

If there is a trained First Aider on the ride they will be expected to take charge of the casualty while the Ride Leader organises the other members to remove themselves and all bikes to a place of safety. Alternatively the Ride Leader must appoint another member to organise other riders whilst the Ride Leader administers first aid to the casualty.

First Aider/Ride Leader – Assess the situation and make the area safe. Do not move the casualty unless they are in a dangerous situation and then only if you are sure there are no head or spinal injuries. If the casualty is only slightly injured allow them to move in their own time.

If the casualty is in extreme danger they must be moved using enough people to keep the head, neck and spine aligned.

If in any doubt about casualties injuries, call an ambulance and notify relatives. When calling the ambulance give a full history of events, exact location, type of injury, conscious or not. Head or spinal injuries, age, and treatment given. Do not allow casualty to eat or drink. Moisten lips if necessary and keep warm.

Do not leave casualty unattended.

Obtain names of any witnesses if other vehicles are involved. Ensure that other parties are fit to continue their journeys. Call police as well if necessary.

Be aware that the casualty may be fit to continue the ride but may have a degree of shock leading to lack of concentration and must therefore be observed for the remainder of the ride. Take the shortest route home or arrange for car to collect the casualty and be taken home. Advise the casualty to see their own GP or go to their local accident and emergency department if they are worried about their condition.

Other members may be ‘shocked’ in the event of a serious incident, ensure that these members are fit to continue their journey.

If the rest of the ride need to continue a new leader must be appointed and be responsible for returning home. Two people must remain with the casualty.

On return prepare a written statement of events and actions and record in the cycling club’s accident book and submit to Committee Member

Emergency numbers are 999 or 112 from mobiles. Ringing 112 from your mobile helps to track you if you are in a remote location.
111 should be used for non emergency assistance.