NEWB RIDE SUGGESTED GUIDELINES
Groups should be no bigger than 5 riders, Hopefully with a max of 2 newbs per group. This way each new rider has their own helper to coach them when needed
Larger rides should be split up into smaller groups to avoid congestion. Each group should have a lag time between each other maybe start out 5 minutes apart. Each leader should lead at the same speed so the groups do no end up meeting each other on the roads. (This means, no more fast, moderate slow groups, the whole ride, is a newb ride, there's no need to repeat havoc we've seen in the past)
Speed should be set at 10 km over the limit max. Riders will go slower then the limit, don't laugh it happens. If they're going too slow, at the earliest opportunity and explain that the riders need to ride at a speed consistent with the other traffic on the road. If they cannot keep up, either split them up from the group with a guide, or send them home. At no time should we as volenteers, atempt to take the role of an instructor. There's professionals for that, we're here to show everyone how fun riding can be. If they cannot go the speed limit, they are unsafe to the group, and should not be aloud to risk the safety of others. If one rider is slowing down the group, it puts the group at jepordy. An angry cage is an unpredictable cage.
Location, probably better to pick a location that has a few stops along the way to give better feedback to the riders. Squamish, didn't work out too well, it's nice to have a meeting place like that after, however the road is littered with construction now, plus the road is so long, there's things that the sweepers forget to talk about once we get to the destination... Kind of counter-productive if you ask me
Leaders will be an experienced rider. He/she will set the pace to maintain the same speed as the rest of the highway traffic and initiate any manuevers.
Passing – Passing sometimes is necesary and should be initiated by the leader, however the sweeper should be the first to move into the other lane to block traffic from entering the group. Having an experienced rider in the middle of the pack will ensure a sweeper stays behind in case the group does get split up
Under no circumstances should the leader initiate any maneuvers unless he/she is 100% sure that the rest of the group will be able to complete it.
If the group does get separated, pull over and wait for the rest of the pack.
Sweepers have the most difficult job, you'll have to defend the group from aggressive cars, and watch the newbs for bad habits.
Makes sure the newer riders are down shifting before the corner. Many riders enter the corner with not enough rpm to power out of the turn properly, and force themselves to change their line accordingly, or worse down shift mid corner.
Make sure they hold their line properly, this is usually due to poor throttle control or improper gear (transmission, not jackets and helmets ).
Check your mirrors, make sure nobody is riding your ass that might be a danger to the group.
Hand signals are important, however let's not emphasize too much on it. Make sure they're shoulder checking before lane position changing, which is, in my opinion, far more important than signaling.
Show up with good gear if possible, you won't be made fun of if you don't have full gear though. Most importantly, You are responsible for your own safety. If you make a mistake, no leaders or sweepers can be found at fault for not paying attention to your mistakes.
Ride safe, be aware. If you're not used to drinking coffee, starbucks caffine can affect your riding, skimp out until you have no caffine buzz.
Be willing to accept criticism, we're not going to cut you down, we want you to be a better safer rider. The fact that you're coming to a newb ride shows great promise in your future of riding.
Please feel free to add anything that I've missed. For leaders and sweepers, I'd like a few years of experience with group riding. Or if only one year, but you have more than 20,000km, then should be ok too.