A lot of triathletes come to the sport without a background in cycling and are not familiar with the rules of good and safe biking. Please spend a little time on the rules below, following them will make the club spins safer and give us all a better session. You are expected to know this stuff – please don’t have us tell you on a spin!
No helmet = NO cycling. NO EXCEPTIONS.
- You must have Triathlon Ireland membership to attend club spins which covers you for third party insurance when attending any club session. If you do not intend racing next season but want to train regularly with Belpark you can take out Triathlon Ireland Associate Membership for only €20. You can attend three club sessions as a guest in advance of becoming a member
- Please join a group spin which is appropriate to your current abilities. If you are concerned you may struggle with the pace, let the spin leader know, and do not take any turns at front of group to conserve your energy for later in the ride. If you are finding pace too easy, don’t drive the pace beyond the scheduled pace for that group as this is unfair to other cyclists- just enjoy the spin and step up a level the following week!
- Mudguards: All members on any club rides are expected to have mudguards for spring and winter, its a matter of courtesy to other riders.
- Ensure your bike is roadworthy and that the brakes are in good working order.
- Cycle two abreast. Cycling two up is safer on group rides. Spin leaders will advise if there is a need to single out at any time.
- Maintain your line. Notice how steady the experienced cyclists are. Do not swerve out into the path of cars or other cyclists which may be passing. Do not constantly chop and change position. The line should move in a smooth manner, when you are preparing to hit the front, don’t accelerate off the front and drive the pace up sharply.
- Stay the right distance from the bike in front – You can save about 25% of your energy by riding on the tailwind of the bike in front so don’t let those gaps open up and keep the group as a coherent unit. By the same token don’t overlap wheels with the bike in front – one swerve and you could both go down, possibly bringing more people with you.
- Half wheeling: If you are riding on the front, maintain a steady riding pace, don’t keep upping the pace in an effort to stay half a wheel in front of the other rider on the front.
- Point and call the hazards. Potholes, rocks, gravel etc should be pointed out (even more important than the call) and these signals should be feed back through the pack so that the riders behind with less visibility will know where to expect the hazard. Those at the back should announce traffic where necessary and this should be relayed to the front. Common calls: ‘Car up’ Car approaching from the front of the pack, ‘Car back’ car approaching from the rear.
- Signal and call when turning, moving out, slowing or stopping so that other cyclists and cars will know your intentions. Be steady and try not to make sudden unpredictable movements. If you get a puncture announce loudly that you are “pulling in” and pull out of the way as smoothly as possible. The cyclists behind should signal and call that they are “moving out”.
- Look and announce before changing position – if you do need to move within the group, first look all around and behind you to ensure it’s safe to move, then announce “passing on your inside / outside” as applicable. Give way to a cyclist/car that is already passing.
- Aero Bars: DO NOT RIDE YOUR AERO BARS WHEN IN THE MIDDLE OF THE GROUP, there have been several near misses on club spins due to people riding aerobars in the middle of the bunch. Its dangerous and you will hurt more than just yourself if you hit the deck
- It is the responsibility of all the group (not just the spin leader) to look out for your fellow club mates on the spin. Let the group know immediately if you notice another rider dropping off the pace.
Read more on the Training – Biking page.