Riders must arrive at the ride start location prior to the advertised start time to allow time to prepare for the ride, sign in, obtain the ride cue sheet and listen to the ride leader's announcements. Non-members must sign a liability waiver before riding with the club. Bike Hikers and guests should not expect ride leaders to wait for them as ride leaders are responsible for each rider in the group and should depart with them. The ride departs on the advertised start time and will not be delayed due to late arrivals. Route sheets are not available after the ride starts.
The ride start location can be found on our Event Calendar. Riders are encouraged to ride to the ride start, however when driving to a ride start, please be considerate of the local business parking and park away from business entrances where you will not compete with their customer parking. The start location can be a general parking lot location, look for a group of riders in our blue and yellow "Bike Hiker" jerseys.
Generally a Ride with GPS (RWGPS) digital route link is listed in the description of the ride. Riders can use this web link to view the actual route, elevation and grade changes and distance of the ride. Riders should review this information and be confident of their ability to complete the stated ride.
Riders are responsible for riding safely. Please review our Ride Safety page and read our Safety Guidelines before riding with us.
All riders are required to wear helmets for safety. Riders without helmets will not be allowed to participate in club rides.
Riders should always carry water for hydration and personal identification. If riding at night, lights and reflectors are required. Riders should also carry basic bike tools, a first-aid kit, a spare tube or tubular tire, a patch kit, a pump, and a cellular phone. Riders are strongly encouraged to have their cell phones turned on so that they can be contacted or can contact the Ride Leader if assistance is needed.
Riders arriving after the group has already departed may elect to do the ride providing they have sufficient information regarding the route and destination. However, unless it is a NO SWEEP RIDE, late riders will not be regarded as being officially on that ride and will not receive any club mileage for that ride unless agreed otherwise by the Ride Leader.
Any rider, member or guest, who feels comfortable enough to ride alone, but wishes to either ride part of the route and/or ride at a slower pace without being swept, may notify the ride leader prior to the start of the ride of their intent. It is important for those riders to stay on the shortened route if they have signed in so that the ride leader can sweep all who are on the ride. The ride leader is responsible for determining that all signed-in riders have returned safely. If someone must leave the ride early they must notify the ride leader. Riders with physical disabilities or illnesses can request to do an alternate route but should indicate such to the ride leader. However, that portion of the route may not be swept.
Riders are responsible for selecting appropriate rides for their skills. Riders should not expect to be swept if they are unduly slow and may be asked by the ride leader to select a more appropriate ride or return to the ride start. Riders should inform the ride leader if they do not wish to be swept.
Bike Hiker rides are group rides. Thus, it is expected that most riders will adhere to the established route for the group. The maximum mileage for that route is set by the ride leader. Riders are encouraged to assist each other as needed, taking care to not create any additional hazard for others.
Riders wishing to extend their ride without accruing club mileage have that option, but should still inform the ride leader of their intent.
Any rider who does not indicate his or her mileage on the route sheet will automatically be assigned mileage for the shortest route option that was listed, unless the Ride Leader knows the actual miles ridden by that rider. In that case, the Ride Leader will record the correct mileage.
Riders who live a considerable distance from the ride start and often travel in the reverse direction of the ride for convenience may make arrangements with the ride leader to receive the mileage for that day or an amended mileage, or take the animal miles allowed and complete the designated ride.