Ride Leader Guide

Ride Leader Training Guide

Before a ride is posted:  


1. Establish the date and time for a Club ride, a level of difficulty and have a designated “sweep” if required.   Adjust distance and start time in order to allow ride completion prior to darkness.


2. Provide the information to the appropriate Ride Coordinator so that it can be posted on the BT web-site.

Information must include:

– Date

– Time

– Start location

– Route distance (with options for shortening and/or lengthening), and map

– Level of difficulty (i.e. Level 1, 2 or 3)

– Ride Leader’s name





1. Meet at the prearranged start location and review safety expectations and route information. Conduct a visual check to ensure that participants are wearing helmets with bikes appearing to be in safe working order. Discuss any planned stops if applicable.


2. Confirm all participants are BT members.  Only BT club/team members may participate in BT rides.


3. Make a head count of participants

During the ride: 

The Ride Leader is responsible to recollect & record events in the event of an emergency.  Relay info to club executive (Osmond Bakker) to facilitate timely prosecution of OCA paperwork.

Ride Levels:

(Off-road and Gravel speeds and distances will be published by ride leader prior to the ride)


Level 1 – Ride Leader, No drop with Sweep

Lead the ride, maintaining a pace that is comfortable for all riders, stopping periodically to assess that everyone is accepting of the pace and distance and that the riders are maintaining proper group formation.  Distances under 30Km with speeds up to 15km/hr can be expected.  Participants are not expected to have route maps or bicycle repair skills. Instruction on safe riding principles should be ongoing to participants throughout the season.

Level 2 – Ride Leader, No drop

Lead the ride, maintaining a pace that is comfortable for most riders. There should be a planned route and the ride leader will lead the way.  Group formation may spread out as the route unfolds and regroup prior to major turns or at the tops of significant hills.  Participants are not expected but encouraged to have route knowledge.  Riders should be equipped with spares and know how to change a flat in theory.  Instruction on safety and technique principles should be ongoing to participants throughout the season. Routes start locations will be posted on website. Distances up to 40Km can be expected with speeds of 20km/Hr.


Level 3 – Group Ride, Leader optional

Cyclists are expected to ride together anticipating breaking off into smaller sub-groups according to speed and ability. There is no designated individual leading the way although a ride leader may be present.  Every person is expected to know the route.   Riders should be equipped with spares, know how to fix a flat, understand the importance of hydration, and how to ride safely on the trails according to the local land rules and regulations. Although it’s not considered a no-drop ride, no rider should be left to ride alone. Riders should attempt to pair up with others of similar ability and expect a challenging ride.  Skills work may accompany this ride.   Average speeds of 20+ Km/Hr can be expected with rides approximating 40Km in distance.