DPCC Club Runs

Didcot Phoenix CC organising safe, fun organised social rides for club members. All rides are ‘non-drop’ and all participating riders can expect the group to help them complete the ride successfully. 

Non-members are welcome on all club rides on a trial basis before becoming full members after tree rides. 

If riders have concerns over the conduct of these rides they can raise them with the rider leader or the club committee (didcotphoenix@gmail.com)

To achieve safe and enjoyable rides DPCC will:

  • Maintain insurance cover with British Cycling to cover these activities 
  • Coordinate a schedule of rides of different distances and durations
  • Design safe and enjoyable routes avoiding busy roads where possible
  • Publish details of individual rides in advance and their expected duration, distance  and speed
  • Ensures the rides are led by experienced ride leaders and to develop new leaders
  • The club organises the following Sunday Rides (9.30 am depart, Boundary Park) with a Cafe stop at approximately half distance:
    • Latte: approx. 30 miles/50 km; average speed 15-16 mph/24-26 kph
    • Cappuccino: approx. 50 miles/80 km; average speed 16-17 mph/26-28 kph
    • Espresso Group: approx. 55 miles/90 km; average speed 18-19 mph/28-30 kph

Ride Leaders will:

  • Undertake a risk assessment of the ride
  • Brief the riders on the routes and any expected hazards at the start of the ride
  • Split participating riders into appropriate sized groups (not normally greater than 12 riders each)
  • Lead the ride from within the group to ensure the route is navigated safely
  • Ensure the ride is run at a pace at which all riders can successfully complete the full ride
  • Coordinate action in the result of an accident or emergency and report the incident

In groups riders will:

  • Ride two abreast where possible 
  • Follow directly behind the rider in front of you and maintain position with the rider next to you
  • Maintain sufficient distance from riders around you to be able to avoid hazards 
  • On narrow or busy roads follow instructions from the ride leader to ride in single file
  • Riders will take turns at the front of the group and will allow fresh riders onto the front when safe to do so
  • Ride at an even pace to suit all riders within the group
  • Moderate speed after corners and junctions to allow riders to maintain contact with the group
  • Reduce the pace of the group or find a safe place to stop to allow riders who have become separated from the group to rejoin (e.g. after hills)
  • Clearly signal changes of direction, speed or hazards to the group

Signals include:


Verbal SignalHand SIgnal 
Change direction“Left” or “Right”Left or rIght arm extended
Car ahead“Car down”
Car behind“Car back” or “Car up”
Obstruction on the left (e.g. parked car)“Out”Left hand behind lower back
All riders rejoined“All on”
Slowing to a standstill“Stopping”Hand lowered palm facing  backwards
Pot hole or similar“Hole”, “Gravel”, “Mud”Hand lowered pointing at obstacle

Individual riders will:

  • Be over 12 years. Riders under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Riders under 18 must have a parental consent form.
  • Hold current Club Membership (available from British Cycling) unless you are trying club rides out.  
  • Have personal accident insurance (available from British Cycling or Cycling UK or similar organisations such as British Triathlon Federation)
  • Carry an In Case of Emergency contact number on their person or phone and maintain an up-to-date ICE on the British Cycling website.
  • Have appropriate equipment for the ride (see below)
  • Abide by the Highway Code
  • Be familiar with the published route
  • Choose the level of ride appropriate to their fitness in discussion with the ride leader
  • Ride in a safe and predictable manner by braking in a smooth and controlled manner
  • Be respectful of each other and other road users and follow the direction of ride leader
  • Communicate hazards to others
  • Help other riders complete the ride 

Equipment:

  • Well maintained bike
  • Clothing suitable for the conditions 
  • Puncture repair kit including two innertubes, tyre levers and a pump
  • Front and rear light in poor light conditions
  • Mudguards in the winter months
  • Helmet (recommended)
  • Food and drink for the ride
  • Mobile phone
  • Money