Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Leader of the Pack - Refresher

Leader of the Pack

Be predictable and smooth.

Have a basic pre-ride briefing outlining rest stops, lunch stop and such.

Designate lead and sweep.

Don’t pull out from any stop until everyone can do so safely.  Avoid “speed racer’  acceleration and unnecessary passing movements.

Accelerate and decelerate slowly and gradually to avoid yo-yo and accordion effects.  This includes initial movements and speed limit signs. 

Allow the group to “bunch up” at controlled intersections when possible before proceeding. 

Don’t pull over until it can be done predictably and with enough room for all.

Don’t pull out until it can be done predictably and with enough room for all.

Go the speed limit or, at most, 5 above depending on road and traffic conditions unless group is previously advised.

Don’t leave anyone behind due to speed or ability.  No reason for anyone to have to catch up.

If all riders don’t make it through a controlled intersection, the group will slow down in the right hand lane or pull over if roadway does not allow.

The Leader’s directions override everyone else unless there is danger involved.

Be predictable and smooth.

 You could be leading at any time depending on traffic, split groups, etc.

A few notes on sweeping. You could become the sweeper at any time.  Unexpected turns, the bike at the back waits, etc.


  1. Well done and very kind considering the last ride
    Gang Goof.

  2. The first group ride of the year is always a little rusty. I was gonna cover this in a meeting before we rode to Clodwell but was lazy so this was a planned post all along. No one should be hard on themselves.