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GROUP RIDING TECHNIQUEIMPORTANT

All riders must read before participating in a Clarion club run.

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BEFORE 1. Make sure your bike is roadworthy and, in the Winter, fitted with mudguards.

 

2. Familiarise yourself with the published route in advance of the ride.

 

3. Don't underestimate the level of fitness required for each of the ride speeds.

 

4. Adhere to the published average speed for each group

 

5. Depending on the terrain and weather conditions, the speeds may vary slightly so individual groups are responsible for agreeing amongst themselves how to ride on the day.

 

6. Riders participating for the first time in a run should introduce themselves as such and be welcomed by the group.

 

6. If it's icy groups are responsible for changing the route to a lowland route or cancelling the run if necessary.

GROUP RIDING HAND SIGNALSHand signals are used to warn riders following you.

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WEEKEND CLUB RUNS

The club has two start points: Linlithgow and East Calder.

 

GET IN CONTACT

We'd like it if you got in contact before you come on a ride so we can make sure there'll be other riders out. Likewise, if you have any questions about our rides please email Neil Greer at: clubruns@westlothianclarion.co.uk

 

ROUTES

We follow different set routes every week. Neil publishes the routes for the Linlithgow and East Calder bunches on the forum. Please familiarise yourself with the route before you arrive by checking the

 

YOUR SAFETY

Remember, you are responsible for your safety, individuals take part in any group activities at their own risk.West Lothian Clarion and its club members accept no responsibility for the safety of anyone participating in group rides and runs, and no liability in the event of an accident.

 

INSURANCE

We strongly encourage club members to take advantage of the Clarion's reduced cost CTC 3rd party insurance or make similar insurance arrangements, for example via British Cycling

 

RIDE LEADERS

Every Saturday there will be a nominated ride leader to welcome new members, explain the basics of group riding and make sure we ride cohesively. Riders are expected to follow instructions from the club's ride leaders

 

GROUP RIDING SKILLS

• The club organises a few group riding skills sessions and recommends members to participate

See the forum for details

 

MAKE SURE YOU CYCLE APPROPRIATELY FOR THE LEVEL OF RIDE YOU ARE ON AND READ ALL THE GUIDELINES BEFORE COMING OUT.

SATURDAY RIDES

Linlithgow

Two types of group

 

Meet Linlithgow Leisure (LLC)Centre

Start Promptly at 9.00am so arrive with plenty of time beforehand

Contact Neil Greer on clubruns@westlothianclarion.co.uk

East Calder

One type of group

 

Meet East Calder Sports Centre (ECSC)

Start Winter: 8.30am. Summer 8.00am. Arrive with plenty of time beforehand
• On the first Saturday of the month the ride leaves at 8.00am to meet up with the Linlithgow group.

Contact Neil Greer on clubruns@westlothianclarion.co.uk

'CLUB' RUN

Aim for 15mph average over mixed terrain

No Cafe Stop

 

What kind of rider are you?

• You regularly ride 30 miles in two hours.

• You have a good base of fitness

 

What to expect

• A traditional club run in a consistent cohesive group with an opportunity chat to club mates.

• There are frequent changeovers on the front but the ride is not a race and the two riders on the front should not be overtaken.

• The group will aim to accommodate a reasonable range of abilities, but those significantly slower than the general pace of the group should be prepared to navigate their own way home

CLUB RUN

15mph average over mixed terrain

Cafe Stop every ride

 

What kind of rider are you?

• You regularly ride 30 miles in two hours.

• You have a good base of fitness

 

What to expect

• A traditional club run in a consistent cohesive group with an opportunity chat to club mates.

• There are frequent changeovers on the front but the ride is not a race and the two riders on the front should not be overtaken.

• The group will aim to accommodate a reasonable range of abilities, but those significantly slower than the general pace of the group should be prepared to navigate their own way home

'ACtive' Run

Aim for 17mph average over mixed terrain but faster on a flatter route.

 

What kind of rider are you?

• You want a quicker ride than the 'club run' and have built up a good base of fitness and experience.

 

This group ride is NOT a rac, its a qicker social ride so riders should keep together and ride cohesively

 

What to expect

• The pace is kept up over climbs and larger groups will rotate in a chain (through and off).

• Riders are should drop back to the club run if they can't keep up

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FOR OUR SUNDAY RUNS

SUNDAY RIDES

Linlithgow

 

Meet at The Cross, Linlithgow for a 9.00 am depart. Routes and Cafe stop (Yes/No) will be decided on the day, depending on who turns up.

 

A women-only group also ride together on Sundas.

East Calder

 

Meet at Sports Centre for a 9.30 am depart. Routes and Cafe stop (Yes/No) will be decided on the day, depending on who turns up.

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