The aim of the “Saturday Club ride” is to provide a safe welcoming environment where club members can come together and cycle in a group with athletes of a similar ability.
The Saturday group ride is split into three levels based on fitness, skill and individual ability. The rides are known as:
- Group A
- Group B
- Group C
Each group ride is led by a Cycle Group Leader. The type of training is based on ‘Periodisation’. This is an organised approach, which involves progressive cycling during a specific period. It is a way of alternating various types of training, right up to the start of the racing season.
The distance and terrain covered by these rides will help to develop a rider’s strength and endurance, required for triathlon racing.
Group A – This is a moderate to fast ride of 50 to 70 miles, aimed at fit cyclists. Café stops are generally up to the group to include or not. Average mileage between 17-19mph
Group B – This is a ride usually aimed between 40 to 55 miles, with the purpose of improving the individual’s cycling ability through shared experiences, helping members to ride more effectively and efficiently. Café stops generally up to the group decision. Average mileage between 15-17mph
Group C – This is a ride of 30 to 45 miles at a steady pace, usually with a coffee stop. Whilst this group has a core of regular members who may prefer a more relaxed pace than that of A/B Group, it welcomes members who may be new to the club or starting from a low base and have little or no experience of riding in a group, with the aim of improving this, and their cycle fitness. Average mileage between 13-15mph
Note: Group C – Members of Group A and Group B are welcome to join this ride on the understanding that they adhere to the ethos of the group and do not try to dictate a higher pace than set by the group leader.
Newcomers are most welcome. All newcomers, irrespective of their ability, will be asked before attending their first “Group Ride”, of their cycling experience.
The following key points will be need to be considered during the conversation:
- Safety when cycling in a group.
- Essential equipment.
- Assessing the individual’s cycling skills and fitness.
Note: Newcomers can participate in one taster session after assessment, thereafter, Tri Preston membership is required.
Cycle Group Leader
A ‘Group Leader’ is a person who has been appointed by the Tri Preston coaching committee to take charge of and lead a group of riders, the size of which will be determined by their own risk assessment. They will be known as the ‘Group Leader’.
The Criteria for this appointment will be:
- To manage the supervision of a group of cyclists, on the public highway or area chosen for the activity.
- To be experienced enough to know the risks associated with cycling in a group.
- To plan and select routes, which, where possible, are away from busy main roads.
- To understand the impact of weather forecasts and conditions and amend the route if necessary.
- To be competent of minor road side repairs and be able to assist others if required.
- To complete and submit a Tri Preston Accident and Incident form following any accident or incident.
- To carry a mobile phone.
- To have the final say on whether a rider’s preparation for the ride is suitable and appropriate.
It is the responsibility of each member to self-assess their own fitness, competency and wellbeing as to which group they choose to ride within. It is also their responsibility to decide when it is appropriate to move through the groups, from Group C to Group B to Group A.
When cycling, members are also expected to contribute to the risk assessment and management of the group. For example, by identifying risks, pointing out hazards and by giving feedback to the group leader.
Members should also consider becoming a member of a recognised federation (British Triathlon Federation, British Cycling, CTC) in order to benefit from Third Party Liability insurance cover, should they be involved in an accident. Note: Tri Preston Club insurance does not give individual Third Party Liability cover.
Participants’ personal equipment
These guidelines are aimed at road bike cycle rides. For Mountain bike rides please contact group leader who will be listed on the website training schedule
- Cycle helmet (No helmet, no ride) BS 6863:1989 (British Standard, being replaced by the European one) EN 1078 1997 (European Standard) SNELL B.95 (American Standard)
- Waterproof top and clothes appropriate to the weather
- Suitable nutrition and drinks depending upon the duration of the activity
- Pump and spare inner tube (and be able to use)
- Appropriate footwear
- Any other equipment required for the activity
- Mobile Phone (ICE details)
- An amount of money, suitable for emergency repairs, nutrition or coffee stop.
It is essential that participants inform group members in advance of the start of a ride of any medical condition that they should be aware of, or any medication requirements, in case of an emergency, for example: asthma sufferer and carrying an inhaler.
The Saturday ride is free to all members, who are welcomed irrespective of their ability. All members who participate do so at their own risk and as such will not hold ‘Tri Preston’, their Group
Leaders or any fellow members, liable for any loss, damage to equipment or personal injury. All members must adhere to the ‘Highway Code’ when on the public highway and all ‘Group rides’ will adopt a strict “no drop” policy (i.e. no-one will be left behind on their own unless agreed).
These rides are not coached sessions and as such the individuals who lead the groups are not there to coach cycling.