The Speed River Cycling Club offers seven weekly rides throughout the season, which runs from April to October. All rides begin from the East Side branch of the Guelph Public Library [map].
The Social Paceline
Our rides will by default assume the two abreast formation, except in the rare instances where this unduly impedes traffic, as this compared to single file pacelines is generally safer for the group and allows traffic to pass a group in much less time, therefore better for all involved.
When double file, we will use the social paceline to rotate. The social paceline is similar to the well known rotating paceline, with a few important distinctions.
Instead of continuously rotating, the social paceline has riders on the front align, take a pull, then rotate the formation by one rider after 30s-3min on the front. Here’s how it works:
- Riders on the front align front wheels side by side, ~3 feet between shoulders, and pull forward until the rider on the front right says to the rider on the left, “Go ahead.”
- The rider on the right slows down very slightly, while the rider on the left pulls the left column forward one bike length.
- The left rider moves over to cover the rider on the right, while the last rider in the rotation on the right moves left.
- After the switch, the new front riders re-align.
- Steady state for some time, then repeat #1.
The social paceline allows groups to better maintain a ‘tight and to the right’ formation at all times, and eliminates dangerous periods of riding four-abreast if both front riders were to pull off the sides and drift back at the end of a pull.
This formation will be adopted at all times unless obstructing traffic, or on Tuesdays where the group often splits into smaller, single-file pacelines.
Group Ride Guidelines
The following rules and guidelines will apply to all SRCC group rides, and should be followed and reinforced by Ride Leaders and members alike.
- Only club members may participate in rides (either at the start or on course)
- No more than 20 riders in a group
- Ride two abreast, ‘tight-and-to-the-right’ (unless otherwise directed by the Ride Leader)
- Paceline rotates clockwise at 30s – 3min intervals, maintaining ‘2-up’ formation at all times; if new to the group, simply slot in toward the back at beginning of ride and follow our lead; ask anyone for info/guidance at any time
- It is not mandatory to participate in the paceline rotation
- Never cross the yellow line or run red lights, avoid half-wheeling and sudden movements, and report dangerous riding
- Stay to the right on a climb and only pass on the left
- Maintain good communication up and down the line; call out road hazards and traffic, advise the group when a rider is off the back or struggling
- Know the route, particularly when you’re on the front, and signal turns well in advance
- In the case of a flat or mechanical, the group will wait unless other arrangements are made
- Let others know if you are planning on leaving the group