Organizing Rides

GROUPINGS  We advise that cyclists of equal ability and fitness level should ride together with no more than 14 cyclists constituting a group (peloton). It is therefore important to choose a group that fits with both your comfort level and competency as it is unfair to expect a group to wait for a rider in order to keep up. Similarly, if a rider choses to ride with a slower group (because they want an easier ride), it is unfair of the rider to want to set the pace of that group. The regular riders of that group will determine the pace.

NOTE: Under no circumstances should lady cyclists to be left behind on their own.

  • Group ‘A’ – The fastest-paced group in the Club and generally not expected to hold back for anyone who cannot keep up. The minimum speed is 35km/hr
  • Group ‘B’ The next fastest-paced group. We call them the ‘Aspirational A’ because many desire to move to the ‘A’ Group, but few actually make it! The minimum speed is 30km/hr
  • Group ‘C’ – This is the intermediate group. Nice and steady with a minimum speed of 25km/hr
  • Group ‘D’ – This is a beginners group i.e. people who know how to ride but haven’t ridden in a while and trying to get their groove back. Typical distance for this group is between 50-60km every Saturday and minimum speed is 20km/hr
  • Group ‘E’ – This is geared towards social riders and absolute beginners. The ride is gentle and usually a short distance. Pace is determined by the riders but we recommend a minimum of 15km/hr

NOTE: Each group has a speed upper limit EXCEPT the ‘A’ Group

THE “PARTNER” SYSTEM – every rider should, at the start of a ride, have a partner. The onus is on each rider to ensure that their partner is not left behind at any stage. The peloton is structured to ride in twos..

BAILING OUT ALONG THE ROUTE – If for whatever reason, a rider decides to leave the group along the route, they should inform the ride captain to avoid unnecessary searches.

CLUB RIDES

Saturday Club Ride

This is the main club ride, which starts at 6.30am prompt. All riders leave from Syrian Club, Ikoyi, unless otherwise advertised. The route for the ride is posted on the web every Wednesday and accessible to members ONLY. Each group will have a ride captain who is appointed on the day and has sole responsibility for adjusting the ride speed (if need be) and any deviations from the day’s mapped out route.

Tuesday and Thursday Night Ride (TNR)

This is an unofficial club ride, which takes off from the start point at 8.30pm

Sunday Ride

This is an unoffial club ride for the fast, furious and ambitious riders! Take off is 6.30am. Regularly find the cycling pros riding with this bunch

Off-Road Cycling (FGT)

If you are looking for adventure, this is the ride to be on! Exploring Lagos and the outskirts via beaches and forest terrain, on Fat Bikes or Mountain Bikes (MTB). Truly amazing scenary but not for the faint-hearted.

Our club is committed to safe riding, so please read our “Code of Conduct” prior to joining us on our rides.

  • We strictly adhere to all traffic signs
  • We are courteous to all road users
  • We have a stringent policy of ‘No Helmet, No Ride’!

CLUB FUNDING – Being a not-for-profit club, we are always looking to secure more funds in order to ensure the best for our members. If you are in a position to assist, introduce the club to any corporate sponsorships, or have any ideas in this regard, please contact one of the executive committee members.

HAND SIGNALS – It is essential that you are able to effectively communicate your intentions or any potential dangers to other riders and motorists.

“Hand signals and vocal calls are the two best ways to pass vital information to fellow riders. Responsible cyclists use standard hand signals as their primary means of communicating, and vocal calls as a secondary means when appropriate,” explains David Bellairs, CEO of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust.

Although many hand signals have slight variations, there are some basic signals that every cyclist should be familiar with. Learning and using these hand signals can greatly enhance safety, particularly when cycling in a group. Use these hand signals to point out objects in the group’s path of travel as well as inform the other riders and motorists of your intentions.

Move to avoid an object – This signal tells the riders behind you, that they will need to move aside to avoid an object or slower rider, either stationary or moving. Parked cars and slow moving pedestrians along the side of the road present a great opportunity to use this hand signal.

Hazard on the road or trail – This signal is used to identify a hazard on the actual road or trail surface that the group is riding on. Potholes, drainage grates and manhole covers are great examples of when to use this signal. Make sure that you point at the hazard, as it appears ahead, allowing sufficient time for it to be avoided.

Stop – A clear indication to all riders that you have stopped pedalling and intend to bring your bicycle to a complete stop very soon. Never make an immediate stop, even after signalling, unless an emergency situation warrants it.

Puncture – This comes in handy when riding in groups. Riders should remain calm and keep travelling in a line until it is safe enough to move over to the left side of the road and stop completely in order to repair the puncture.

Turning – This signal makes clear your intentions to turn left or right. Some cyclists still indicate a right turn by extending their left arm and bending the forearm upwards at 90 degrees. This is incorrect and can be misinterpreted to mean that you intend to stop your bicycle. The left arm bent at 90 degrees method was devised for motorists who are unable to reach out the right side window of their left-side drive vehicle to indicate a right turn.