We’re getting really excited for Stephen’s Ride for Humanity coming up on September 23. It should be a really fun day, but there are a few rules to follow. Please review the below road rules so you know what to expect. All riders are required to have an adequate road bike and helmet. Bikes and helmets will be inspected prior to the ride to support a safe event for all participants. Absolutely no aero bars will be allowed.
There is a mandatory waiver which all riders are encouraged to complete in advance to ensure smooth check-in on ride day. You can get the form here.
GROUP RIDING PRINCIPLES
- Ride first and foremost with safety in mind abiding by all the safety etiquette noted below.
- Respect other riders and motorists.
- Remember – it is a ride, not a race.
- Ensure you are using adequate equipment (bikes and helmets).
- Absolutely no AERO / TT bars allowed on group rides.
- Pass carefully and only on the left.
- Call it out on the uphill.
- No passing downhill whatsoever (drafting allows you more speed so brake accordingly to stay behind the rider pulling).
- When in front on descent, keep pedaling (those following are gaining speed with the draft).
Calling out hazards:
- “Car back”: there is a car approaching from the rear of the group ride.
- “Car up”: there is a car approaching from the front of the group ride.
- “Car right/left”: car is approaching on the left or right of the group ride.
- “Rock/pot hole/gravel”: there is a hazard in the road.
- “Walker up”: there is a pedestrian on the road ahead.
- “Biker up”: there is a slower cyclist coming up.
- Hand signal stop at a stop sign/light.
- If tired, let others pull and draft from the middle of the pack.
- Absolutely NEVER follow closer than two to three feet.
- Stay alert at all times.
- Hold your line.
- Warn others before standing uphill (you will move back).
- Don’t ever overlap wheels (no half wheeling).
- Don’t look back.
- Focus on the rider(s) ahead.
- Beware of pot holes in the road.
- Don’t brake unless absolutely necessary.
This year all riders have the opportunity to raise additional funds through pledges to Habitat for Humanity. Members of Stephen’s team have committed to raising addition funds to support the ride. Please visit the Habitat for Humanity website to support Stephen’s team or to set up an individual or team fundraising page. A prize will be awarded to the highest individual and the highest team fundraiser. If you have any technical issues with the fundraising website please contact Linda McMahon at 905-727-1778 or email@example.com.