The following guidelines and suggestions are intended to summarize the expected behavior for participants of CSP Express club rides to help ensure a safe and enjoyable ride. We encourage riders to project a good public image and responsible riding. Riders should exhibit considerate behavior towards other riders, pedestrians and motorists showing respect, courtesy and responsibility.
- Safety is a major consideration for CSP Express club rides.
- All riders must wear a helmet. Riders should also carry personal ID, medical information, medical ID, emergency contacts and a cell phone.
- Make sure your bike is properly maintained and that you carry spare tubes, tube inflators, tire levers, wrenches and tools. Learn how to change/repair a flat.
- Ride at a steady pace, accelerating and decelerating smoothly within the group speed guidelines
- Use hand and verbal signals for slowing, braking, turning or other road, motorist or pedestrian hazards.
- Be aware of your surroundings, cars and riders, have a plan in mind to avoid emergencies. Don’t panic in unexpected situations
- Ride assertively anticipating hazards and taking the space you need on the road to avoid them.
- Abide by traffic signals (red and yellow lights) and be very cautious at stop signs and yield signs.
- Slow down prior to intersections, traffic circles and stop signs etc. to allow time for the proper group decisions.
- Pacelines can be single file or double file depending on road conditions and group size
- Do not overlap the front wheel of your bicycle with the rear wheel of another bicycle
- Maintain a safe distance from the rider in front of you
- When you are done pulling at the front of the paceline signal “tap out” , then rotate to the back
- The next paceline leader should maintain a smooth and steady speed to allow the last paceline leader to jump onto the back of the paceline
- In a paceline, conversations should be limited to keep the “yo – yo” effect to a minimum on the paceline. If you need to talk move to the back of the group
- Each paceline should keep with the pre-identified speed parameters
- If you want to “break out” do not do so from the front of the paceline during your pull but instead pull out to the left of the paceline for a sprint. The other paceline riders should close gaps and maintain speed
- Allow ample time for the entire group to negotiate obstacles and intersections
- If the group inadvertently splits, riders in the forward group should find a safe place to stop or slow down considerably to reform the group
- After intersections, be sure the group is reformed before resuming the group paceline speed
- Don’t leave the group without notifying other riders or the ride leader
- Rides and routes are set up so that multiple groups follow the same route so that if you are with a forward group and tire, you can slow down or wait for a following group to come along and pick you up, bring you back to the finish
*Headphones, Ear Buds and Speakers are strictly PROHIBITED on all CSP Express rides.
*Aero bars are welcome, but NOT ALLOWED while in a paceline or rotation.
When using aero bars, either ride off to the left side or stay in the rear.
This is for your safety as well as the safety of others around you.
CSP Express requires all event / training ride participants to wear a helmet and obey all traffic laws (i.e. respect signals, stop signs, yield signs, etc.).
Use caution at intersections and respect all other road users (other cyclists, pedestrians and motorists).
As a participant, you recognize that cycling is a potentially hazardous activity and you assume all risks associated therewith.