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Ride leading is key to the success of the PFW and maintains the club’s ability to offer a wide array of group rides to our members. Ride leading is relatively straight forward and builds on your experience and participation in rides led by others. If you are interested in leading a ride, follow the steps in this quick guide to get you on your way. New ride leaders are strongly urged to reference the Ride Leader Guide
on the PFW website, which is also found under “Leader Resources”, which provides comprehensive information on ride leading.
• Register as a ride leader.
− Contact the Ride Captain who will give you ride leader website privileges and walk you through the process.
• Plan or select a route
− Download a pre-existing ride to your bicycle computer using Ride with GPS, Map My Ride, Garmin or Strava for example,
− Use a ride sheet from a ride that you had previously been on or led,
− Design your own ride from scratch,
− Check new or unknown routes either by cycling or by car,
− Optionally, upload your ride to Ride with GPS so that other club members can select it for their own use.
• Post Your Ride to the PFW Calendar
− Ride leader privileges enable you to post a ride to the website, which gives you access to the website ride calendar. Calendar access can be granted by the Web Editor or Club President.
− Ride posting instructions are located on the PFW website under the Leader Resources tab, then How to Post a Ride
• Leading the ride
− Arrive early, at least 20 minutes before the scheduled start,
− Have the riders sign the ride-sheet,
− Perform an equipment check,
− Issue Pre-Ride Instructions and a route briefing,
− The Ride
* Ride safely, be predictable so motorists and pedestrians can anticipate your actions,
* Call out road hazards,
* Ride at or near the front and set the pace at the advertised speed,
* Make mid-ride announcements as needed informing riders of upcoming road conditions,
* Keep track of all riders.
− Post Ride
* Check to make sure that everyone has returned safely,
* Thank the riders for coming along,
* Follow-up with any rider who was injured or did not finish the ride,
* Forward the Ride Sign-In Sheet to the club Secretary after the ride.
• Accidents and Injuries
− Accidents and ride injuries pose the greatest challenge for a ride leader. As the leader, you must be prepared to take prompt decisive action to mitigate the situation.
− Stay calm,
− Make the victim comfortable and keep him safe from oncoming traffic,
− Call for help if needed,
− Provide first aid if necessary and you have had first aid training until help arrives,
− File an Accident Report with the Ride Captain.
This Quick Guide should only be used as a reference. If you plan on being a Ride Leader please reference the comprehensive information in the Ride Leader Guide