About Cycling Pewsey

No racing just riding…

Cycling Pewsey hosts daily rides leaving from the front of Pewsey Fire Station. Routes will cover about 20-40 miles in the area surrounding Pewsey – and a tea/cake break will be mandatory.

Parking is available opposite the fire station at Bouverie Hall for those coming from further afield.

The idea behind group is a relaxed social atmosphere in which all levels of cyclists can come together to meet new people, increase their fitness, explore the local area.

Cycling Pewsey Riding Etiquette and Rules

  1. You are responsible for ensuring that you are physically fit enough to undertake the proposed route.
    1. Cycling Pewsey does not accept any responsibility for illness or injury when out riding.
    2. You must accept that cycling on a public highway can be hazardous, and you undertake it at your own risk.
    3. You understand and accept that Cycling Pewsey advises the wearing of cycle helmets at all times when riding.
    4. You agree to ride your cycle responsibly at all times.
    5. You are responsible for your cycle and all your cycling equipment.
    6. Any damage caused by a crash or neglect is the responsibility of the rider involved.
    7. You follow the Highway Code at all times.
    8. All bikes must have front and rear lights attached in low light conditions or on night rides.
  2. Each cyclist’s bike must be safe and fit for use on the highway to ride with Cycling Pewsey. Please read the highway code.
    1. Cycling Pewsey advises riders to seek personal liability insurance and bike insurance.
    2. Ride in a pack less than 1 metre between you and the rider in front.
    3. Ride in pairs, never more than two abreast, but in single file if a car is behind. (Note: when filing-out, it is normal for the rider on left to go forward, and the rider on right to drop behind).
    4. Do not overlap wheels (known as “half-wheeling”). It is dangerous.
    5. Communicate with the other riders by pointing and calling out holes, walkers, joggers, parked cars and horses.
    6. Repeat calls up and down the line; assure the front knows if the back are struggling with the pace.
    7. Slow down for horses, give them lots of room. Call ahead “horse front” if approaching horses from behind, so as not to startle them.
    8. Call out “stopping” or “slowing” if that is what you are doing, to avoid the rider behind you crashing into you.
    9. When pulling out at junctions, you have the best view of any traffic coming from the left or right. Call back to the riders still at the junction “clear”, “car left” or “car right” as appropriate.
  3. On tight bends and narrow lanes call out “car front” or “car back”.
    1. Keep your lines. On corners, do not cut the corner, or under steer the corner. Remain parallel to the road centre line/edge.
      There WILL be someone to your rear left or rear right whom you will be forcing off the road or into the path of an oncoming car.
    2. Do not overtake the lead rider. The lead rider is controlling the pace. The exception to this is when “rotation” action is being used to share the load against a headwind. If you are unfamiliar with this, you will be briefed on what to do. Anyone accelerating ahead of the group will be assumed to be on another ride of their own devices. They will not be called after or chased after if they miss a turn or take a wrong turn. We wait for people who go off the back of the ride. We do NOT wait for people who go off the front.
    3. Do not try to “up the pace” of the ride. The Club Ride is NOT a training ride. If 15 mph (at zero wind, zero gradient) is too slow for you, you are respectfully advised that the Club Ride is not for you.
    4. Do not overtake another rider on the left without shouting out a warning to the rider first.
    5. If you are on the front of the pack, after reaching the top of a climb, do not accelerate immediately as you go down the other side of the hill. Remember that in a big group, the rear riders will still be labouring up the hill even after you are descending down the other side. Keep the group together.
    6. Do not break up the ordered group. Only on significant gradient climbs should you break away if you want to, as all people have a different comfortable climbing pace. In this case, always wait at the top of the hill to allow a re-group and a short recuperation.
    7. When pulling out from a junction, or turning into a road, slow down a little to allow the riders behind to catch up. Everyone takes time to set off, clip in and get settled back in the saddle. Keep the group together.
    8. Do not litter. If you eat on the move, or take a gel, put the wrapper in your pocket. Do not throw it on the side of the road.
    9. Support all cyclists and treat each other with respect, kindness and politeness.

Any one who bullies, harasses, intimidates, ridicules or is mean to another member, within the page, chat feeds or through private message, will be removed immediately, and banned permanently.

Please do not use derogatory or abusive language. Any such posts will be deleted.

Please do not leave negative comments on this page or contact other members in a negative way. Members who cause “drama” within the group, on the page or on chat feeds may be removed without warning and at the discretion of administrators. Decisions are final.

“If You Don’t Like It, On Your Bike”

Cycling Pewsey
Start Together, Finish Together.