The golden rules
SAFETY is always the number one priority of any QCR group ride
- Carry In case of Emergency information (ICE). It should include personal ID and who to contact
- Wearing a helmet is mandatory
- Indicate hazards to riders behind
- Your front wheel should never overlap the rear wheel of the rider ahead
- No unplugged bar ends
- No earphones in a group ride. Even in one ear.
- Remove aerobars. QCR do not allow bikes with aerobars on group rides
- Ride predictably
- Give and receive advice graciously and lead by example!
- Introduce yourself to new riders. Make them feel welcome
- Have fun !
Bring with you
- Enough water to stay hydrated between stops. Don't rely on water in the cars
- Food - remember that riding in the heat uses energy. Some emergency Haribos or a banana to keep away sugar-lows are the minimum. Rides have one or two stops to restock food and water.
- Spare tube(s) and tools - even though cars have spare wheels you should be self sufficient
- Money - 15 to 20 QAR to pay the driver plus extra for food and water
- A road bike - a mountain bike or street bike will struggle to stay with its skinny-tyre friends
In Qatar, your enemy is the wind and your ride buddies are your weapon. Use them.
- Follow the instructions of ride captains and learn from the experienced riders
- Learn about how to ride in a group and how a group works in an echelon. The internet is full of advice but here is a good start.
- Stay close to the rider in front and to the rider beside you. The tighter the group, the more it blocks the wind for everyone.
- Don't watch the wheel in front, watch the riders and road ahead. That way you'll predict changes in speed.
- Ride to keep the group together. Strong riders; don't accelerate when you hit the front. Tired riders; know your limits and skip a turn on the front if you need to
- Always expect the unexpected when it comes to vehicles on the road
- Don't brake for speed humps. Take weight off the front wheel to help it roll over.