I hope you’re all looking forward to the Balmaha weekend trip. A big thank you to Dawn for organising it (again!) and to Lorna for transferring the bags (again!). I’m sure it’ll be another great weekend and it’s great to see a lot of new faces coming along too. As we’ve got a group of 20+ riders and we’re using a public path I thought I’d post up a few wee reminders to keep the ride running smoothly, I’m sure most of it is pretty obvious:
The recent snow could make some sections tricky or even icy – ride within your abilities!
Ride responsibly, control your speed and be aware of your surroundings and riders around you
We’re on shared paths so be polite to everyone we pass
If you have a bell please fit it and use it when passing pedestrians, if not then try a “hello” rather than “Oi, move it!”
If there’s something ahead to be aware of then shout “nose” back to warn others
If there’s something behind to be aware of then shout “tail” ahead to warn others
If you’re stopping unexpectedly shout “stopping” back to warn others
If we stop for any reason please remember to keep the path clear for others to pass through
If someone has a crash or a mechanical then either shout ahead or stop and make sure they’re OK, if not OK then send someone ahead to tell the others
We’ll have lots of gates to get through at one point so we’ll have some teamwork going to keep gates open
Consider packing a light in case you’re doing Conic Hill, have a mechanical and end up finishing at twilight
You’re responsible for your clothing, spares & food/water for the ride – pack & dress appropriately
Like I said, it’s all common sense (hopefully!). See you all in Bullands on Saturday morning!