Our motto is “Social riders with serious intent” with the emphasis on social.
If you wish to ride with SANZ then you must adhere to the following rules and safety instructions which will be enforced by the Ride Master with help from the more senior SANZ riders
Obey all road rules
Never cross over on to the wrong side of the road especially when going down a hill with bends
There must be no more than two abreast at any time, which must reduce to a single file where the road narrows and there is no shoulder
Make space for cars on narrow roads. If there is a big bunch then split when it's narrow to make space for cars to pass when they come up behind, which might mean slowing down on these sections. It's difficult for cars to pass a long train of cyclists and if they get it wrong the cyclists will pay
No slipstreaming behind trucks etc.
When sprinting at the end of a ride do not bulge or spread across the road
Be predictable with all your actions
If you need to take a phone call or have a puncture or drop your chain, move out of the bunch before slowing down or stopping
Maintain a steady straight line and avoid braking or changing direction suddenly
Be aware of where the riders are around you
Point out any road hazards ahead such as potholes, glass, drain grates, animals on the road, opening car doors, gravel, rocks, sticks or stones, etc.
Do not overlap wheels, a slight direction change or gust of wind could easily cause you to touch wheels and fall
Stay to the left when in front to allow room for others to pass safely on your right, particularly in traffic. Pass other riders on the right hand side whenever possible
Be smooth with your turns at the front of the group and when you relinquish the lead always pull off in the same direction
When climbing hills, avoid following a wheel too closely. Many riders often lose their momentum when rising out of the saddle on a hill which can cause a sudden deceleration. This can often catch a rider who is following too closely, resulting in a fall from a wheel touch
Do not panic if you brush shoulders, hands or bars with another rider. Try to stay relaxed in your upper body to absorb any bumps. This is a part of cycling in close bunches and is quite safe provided riders do not panic, brake or change direction
The whole group should stay together until the turn for home, but riders should have at least one buddy with them ensuring no one is left alone. A minimum of two riders should stop and help fellow riders with a breakdown
Where possible prevent gaps from opening between you and the rider in front of you. If you are not able to sustain the pace feel free to go to the back and draft on the bunch. The intention is to stay together were possible and there are enough strong riders in the group to share the front.
Make an effort to stop at lights changing to red rather than accelerating through them if you are on the front of the bunch. Otherwise, those at the back are going through on red
When the group decides to rotate, establish a pace that suits the group and maintain that pace. When it is your turn to pull at the front, maintain the same speed as when you were coming through to the front. The normal temptation is to speed up. Nothing destroys a group faster than an ever escalating pace. When you get to the front pull over after no more than 100 metres and let the next rider through. Once you pull over slow down slightly so that the rider coming through does not have to speed up to get past you. In other words, if you are going at about 35km/hr when you come through then drop to say 32km/hr when you pull over, so that the next rider can maintain 35km/hr and still get in front of you