Group ride etiquette

When joining our Club Rides please use common sense and obey the rules of the road. You are responsible for your own safety.

Please read our guide on etiquette to make the rides enjoyable and safe for everyone!

Rules of the road:

  • Traffic lights – Red, amber and red/amber all mean stop.
  • Stop signs at junctions – Don’t have a quick glance then sprint across, this endangers riders and drivers and the chances are the rest of the group will have to stop and you will only end up waiting for them.

Group structure and size:

  • No more than two abreast and single file on busy on narrow roads. Usually ride in pairs in line with the pair in front but single out when necessary
  • To maintain safety please do not spread across the road as this can cause issues for both cyclists and motorists trying to overtake


Communicating during the ride:

Good communication throughout the group is essential, learn the shouts and use them loud and clear and pass them on through the group:

  • “Tail” car approaching from the rear, “nose” car approaching from the front. These are warnings not instructions to single out.
  • Placing the left arm behind the back pointing away from the obstacle signals an obstacle on the left e.g. parked car, pedestrian, overtaking another cyclist who is outside of the group etc.
  • “Hole” warning of a hole in the road, the call is accompanied by Pointing to an obstacle signals a hole.
  • Moving your hand up and down signals slowing down.
  • “Stopping” which is self-explanatory – provide plenty of notice to avoid sudden braking and bunching up. Use the same hand signal as slow down.
  • Changing direction let other riders know verbally and with hand signal. Individual riders should signal as well, in particular if the group splits up.
  • “Clear”- When turning at a T junction, ’clear’ is an indication that the road is completely clear in both directions, BUT PLEASE CHECK yourself – it is every rider’s responsibility to ensure the road is clear for them.


Singling out:

Members should have a clear and well understood method of singling out. Riders on the inside should slightly adjust their pace to create gaps to allow riders on the outside to slip into the line. When it is safe to do so call “clear” so that the rider on the outside knows it is clear to pull in front of you. The group leader should call, “single out” to start the move. Once it’s safe the group leader can call “double up“.


Going to the front:

In a group of similar ability riders, it seems only fair that all members of the group should take a turn at the front, particularly when the group is riding into a strong wind etc. However, in groups with less able riders, or riders experiencing problems, it is totally acceptable for them to opt out of a turn on the front and for stronger riders to work for the good of the group on the front.

For more information about riding in a group, riding safely on the road, how to corner, how to descend and much more check out British Cycling’s ‘Ridesmart’ series of videos.


Our next Club rides:

This Week
Saturday 26 Sep
09:30 - 12:00

Cycling Session - Dalkeith Community High School

Saturday Cycle – Dalkeith Community High School –

9.30 am

We will aim to provide a cycle shortly after the swim session on a Saturday, meeting in  the car park at Dalkeith Community High School. The recent Scottish Government guidance and Triathlon Scotland guidance allows for 30 people to attend an organised sports session. For safety, we will do a ratio of 1 coach to 14 individuals (1:14) for cycling.

Cancelling your space:

We have had people cancel their sessions on the Facebook main page, with people taking the slots offered. We have not been receiving those before the session. For track and trace purposes, we MUST keep a record of everyone attending sessions. So can you please email at to cancel your spot instead. Please don’t make a slot available on a Facebook public post as it makes it difficult for us to monitor and please do not attend a session without booking your session. This is for everyone’s safety, so we need to be strict about this.

Should you sign up for this session, you agree to abide by the following:

  • People who are symptomatic should self-isolate for 7 days and household members for 14 days as per NHS guidance. No one who is self-isolating should attend an activity. At all times, participants should adhere to the Scottish Government’s physical distancing guidelines of staying at least 2m away from others. Increased hygiene measures must be in place at all times: If you need to sneeze or cough, do so into a tissue or upper sleeve. Dispose of your tissue into an appropriate bin or place in a plastic bag and take home. Wash your hands afterwards for 20 seconds. Avoid touching your face and ensure to clean your hands with at least 60% alcohol gel when you finish participating. Bring your own hand gel. You should read the Triathlon Scotland guidance prior to the meet.
  • I will only participate in one session a day. The purpose of this is to limit the ‘bubbles’ you are in during a single day. Please be mindful of this should you be in other settings outside of the club.