Clontarf Cycling Club Spins Charter
Club Members represent Clontarf Cycling Club and our Sponsors whenever we are out and about. Our aim as a club is that our members leave a positive image of the club (and cyclists in general) wherever they go.
The Clontarf Cycling Committee has put together the Club Spins Charter outlined below which all members are asked to agree to annually.
Rules of the Road:
- be respectful of motorists, pedestrians, and other cyclists.
- obey the rules of the road at all times.
- obey traffic lights – if you are going through as a group and it turns amber, keep going as it is safer.
- not to engage in confrontational behaviour (either jester, verbal or physical) with any other road user.
- inform the Club Secretary ([email protected]) of any incidents, accidents or crashes on club spins. The Club Secretary who will pass the details to the Club Safety Officer who will take the appropriate further actions as required.
Road Captains & Group Riding:
- adhere to Road captain’s instructions during spin.
- inform the cycle Road Captain in advance or at some point during the cycle if you are Ill, injured or feel unfit for the proposed distance or pace. (Note: A tired cyclist can be a danger to the whole group)
- endeavour to be in the correctly paced group. Regardless of this, it should be a real exception that a cyclist is left on their own during the run. There may be cases where it’s not practical to slow the group down to a particular pace and agreement will be made with an individual.
- only cycle in pairs when safe to do so. Single out when asked to do so by Road Captain
- be aware on cycling tracks at all times. Cycling tracks often allow for two way cycling and are often have to share space with pedestrians.
- respect that everyone climbs at their own pace. The pace is not restricted while climbing. Riders will re-group at a natural stopping point after the climb.
- punctures and mechanicals stopping the full group in all but the final part of a run. A rule of thumb is that two people should stop with the victim of the puncture in the final third.
- understand that Bathroom stops do not stop the group unless organised at a natural break point or agreed by full Group.
- be aware of my fellow club mates – look at for someone struggling on a spin and call a slow down in pace if necessary.
Personal Cycling approach:
- ensure that my bike is fully serviced and roadworthy.
- not brake unnecessarily while in a group
- call obstacles with hand signals and verbally where required (e.g car up/car down) ensure the gap to the rider in front is kept to a minimum. One wheel or slightly less.
- not to engage in one/half wheeling!
- endeavour to transition smoothly within the group.
- have working front and rear lights if cycling in winter or dusk conditions.
- have mudguards during winter months
Wear & Carry
- wear Safety Helmet (compulsory). Cycling glasses and gloves are recommended.
- wear club kit with pride.
- carry at least two spare tubes and a working pump.
- carry snacks/ fruit suitable for the distance.
- carry money for breaks and a fully charged phone.
- carry a plastic water bottle which fits in your bottle cage.