Group Ride Guidelines
|➨ Group Ride Guidelines|
|➨ Social Group Ride Events|
|➨ Emergency Contact Information|
|➨ In Case of Emergency (ICE)|
|➨ Cycling Insurance|
|➨ Cycling Resources|
|➨ Group Ride Roles|
|➨ Sign On Sheets|
|➨ Road Safety Report|
|➨ 'The Fluro Whistle'|
Anyone participating in a Gawler Wheelers cycling related event does so at their own risk of injury, loss of life or damage to property.
Anyone participating in a Gawler Wheelers cycling related event should have their own Cycling Specific Insurance.
The scheduled Gawler Wheelers Group Ride route(s) will be ridden without deviation or alteration from start to finish, unless special circumstances dictate otherwise.
Riders must be 16 years of age or older to participate in Gawler Wheelers Social Group Ride Events.
The Gawler Wheelers organisers reserve the right, at their sole discretion, to:
The Gawler Wheelers are listed in the Bicycle SA Free Rides Programme where information on Bicycle SA membership can be found.
Everyone is welcome to attend a Gawler Wheelers Group Ride as long as they have an Australian Safety Standards approved helmet and a bicycle in safe working order.
A road style bicycle with multi-range gearing and drop handlebars is recommended.
Riders should familiarise themselves with the 'Cycling & The Law' document published by the Government of South Australia - Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure:
Riders should familiarise themselves with the various 'South Australian Road Rules' documents published by the Government of South Australia - Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure:
The Gawler Wheelers Group have also adopted the excellent 'Tour de Cure Bunch Riding Etiquette' general guidelines which can be read at the following link:
The 'Gawler_Wheelers_Group_Ride_Briefing__Web.pdf' document is attached at the link below and details the more specific Group Ride Guidelines of the Gawler Wheelers Group. These specific guidelines are announced at the start of each Group Ride. It is important for your own safety and the safety of the group that you are familiar with these specific guidelines.
The following link lists the Group Ride Recommendations and gives details of what is required on a Gawler Wheelers Group Ride:
The Gawler Wheelers schedule up to three concurrent Social Group Ride Events every Saturday morning. A number of special events may also be held throughout the course of a year and might include TRACK NIGHTS, FULL MOON RIDES and charity/fundraising rides.
The regular group rides are considered 'social rides' and not 'training rides' and are characterised by a number of scheduled stops and re-groups throughout the course of the route including the appointment of Ride Leader(s) and Tail End Charlie(s) where possible.
The Gawler Wheelers organise Social Group Ride Events based on a revolving three week route classification cycle. A route is classified as either being FLAT, UNDULATING or HILLS. A HILLS route is further classified as either being a BEGINNER HILLS, INTERMEDIATE HILLS, HILLS or an EXTREME HILLS route depending on the length, climb gradients and overall elevation gain of the route.
The three week route cycle will typically begin with a FLAT route on a particular Saturday morning. An UNDULATING route will be held on the next Saturday morning. A HILLS route will be held on the third Saturday morning. A FLAT route will be held on the fourth Saturday morning as the cycle repeats.
On any particular Saturday there may be up to three concurrent Social Group Ride Events held over three different routes. Multiple group ride events are more common on HILL ride Saturdays where a BEGINNERS HILL route will normally be offered in addition to a HILLS or an EXTREME HILLS route, for example.
This allows riders of varying abilities to ride the route that suits them best. It also provides riders with a choice of routes that might better suit their personal time commitments. Multiple concurrent events also have the desirable effect of creating smaller groups that are more manageable out on the road.
On some of the longer UNDULATING and HILL routes, a particular route may be further split into MODERATE and RAPID paced groups. This allows riders to choose the ride speed that they are comfortable pedalling.
Seasonal variations may also determine the actual number of concurrent group rides held, as attendance figures wax and wane.
The following links provide more information on Gawler Wheelers Social Group Ride Events:
It is obligatory to carry Emergency Contact Information whilst attending the Group Ride to allow other members of the group to contact your nearest family member should an accident occur.
The cycling standard for doing this is to wear an identification bracelet and/or a military style dog tag.
The links below indicate where these may be readily obtained:
Emergency ID Australia
In addition to wearing an emergency identification wristband and/or dog tag, riders are encouraged to create a new contact in the address book of their mobile phones with the name of "ICE".
The new "ICE" entry should contain the phone number of a family member or close friend to contact in the event of an accident. Additional information such as blood type or allergies could also be listed.
Alternatively, a rider can list multiple emergency contacts as "ICE1", "ICE2" etc.
Note: The effectiveness of the "ICE" contact may be limited by mobile phone screen locks, battery charge states and the ability of someone to navigate the rider's mobile phone menu system and it should be considered as a backup scheme only.
The links below provide further information:
In Case of Emergency (ICE) - Wikipedia
In Case of Emergency (ICE) - Telstra
In Case of Emergency (ICE) - Ice Your Phone
In Case of Emergency (ICE) - Cycling-Inform
In Case of Emergency (ICE) - iPhone
It is highly advisable to obtain Cycling Specific Insurance before attending the Group Ride in case an accident should occur.
The links below indicate where Cycling Insurance may be readily obtained:
The links below provide compiled lists of cycling related resources:
Ride Leader (RL)
A typical group ride will have one Ride Leader whose responsibilities include:
Road Captain (RC)
A typical group ride will have one or more Road Captains whose responsibilities include:
Tail End Charlie (TEC)
A typical group ride will have one or more Tail End Charlies whose responsibilities include:
The purpose of a 'Sign On Sheet' is to provide a simple and effective mechanism for mitigating against missing rider or lost rider incidents. A 'Sign On Sheet' contains the names and mobile phone numbers of all riders participating in a group ride event and is administrated and held by the Ride Leader for the duration of the ride. It may also contain optionally information, such as the need for a rider to depart the scheduled route due to personally commitments etc.
The name and mobile phone number of the Ride Leader is printed at the top of the 'Sign On Sheet' and each individual rider participating in the group ride should take a copy of this information in order to contact the Ride Leader if required.
'Sign On Sheets' are always used for the following types of Gawler Wheelers HILL routes:
They may also be utilised for the longer FLAT or UNDUALTING rides (e.g. more than 80 km) or on a special needs basis (e.g. FULL MOON RIDE).
A 'Sign On Sheet' is not needed on a BEGINNER HILLS ride because BEGINNERS HILL rides always have a formally appointed Tail End Charlie (TEC).
There is no formally appointed TEC for the following types of routes:
The lack of a formally appointed TEC is compensated for by utilising a 'Sign On Sheet'. The reason there is no formally appointed TEC on these three types of HILL routes is twofold.
Firstly, it is difficult for an experienced TEC to ride up a hill at a pace slower than would normally be ridden because it is not possible to simply 'coast along', as might be done on a flat ride. Secondly, there will not usually be enough experienced TEC's to cover the multiple HILL events conducted on any 'HILL ride Saturday'.
The 'Gawler_Wheelers_Sign_On_Sheets.pdf' document is attached at the link below and provides Sign On Sheets for FLAT, UNDULATING and HILL rides.
The Gawler Wheelers Road Safety Report is a simple mechanism for providing feedback, to the group as a whole, regarding any rider safety issues encountered during a group ride. It is normally written by a volunteer who has ridden one of the scheduled group rides.
The Road Safety Report is typically written with a simple informal style and posted as a comment to the current Gawler Wheelers Group Ride Report.
The following points are listed to provide guidance as to what might be commented upon to constitute a comprehensive Road Safety Report. Not every group ride will encounter safety issues and the report may in fact be quite brief once written.
Gawler Wheelers Contact Info