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Sport Riding Group Pace Level Guide

When setting up public group rides, it is important to note what kind of “pace” you will be running. By accurately describing the speed or “pace” you will be running, it will help others decide if they want to join your ride. Unfortunately many either do not list a pace at all, or use generic terms like “moderate”, “spirited”, or “medium”, which isn’t really that helpful to those that haven’t ridden with that person before, since there is simply too much room for interpretation. Many experienced riders don’t list a pace for various reasons that I’ve heard:

Someone may hear “Doc Wong Clinic”, and think of a small group of embarrassed patrons getting treated for their STD with some ancient Asian remedy. However, in this case you’ll actually be going to the clinic to get your STD! That’s right, Doc Wong Northwest is all about Sport-riding Technique Development (or STD for short)!  (snicker)

 

doc wong northwest route

The original Doc Wong Street Riding Clinic was founded about 22 years ago by Chiropractor Dr. Harry Wong, in California, and promotes education of riders using techniques developed by Keith Code. You can find out more about the original riding clinic here:

Group Ride

 

This is the final part of the 3 part series on Group Riding Guidelines and Tips.  The first two parts are here:

Group Riding Guidelines and Tips – Part 1
Group Riding Guidelines and Tips – Part 2

This time we finish up with specific tips for the various group member levels of experience.   Please feel free to comment and share your own tips!

Newbie Group Member
Intermediate Group Member
Experienced Group Member

 

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Last month  I posted Group Riding Guidelines and Tips – Part 1.  This time we continue with specific tips for the Ride Leader and Ride Sweep roles:

Ride Leader
Ride Sweep
Diatribe Against “Ride Your Own Ride”

 

Ride Leader  – If you have invited others to participate in a ride you are leading, then you are responsible for the group.   Leadership is about influencing others, to both aid them, as well as get their support in successfully completing a task.  In this case you are the Group Ride Leader, so your role is to aid the group and use your knowledge, skills, and social influence to get the group’s support in completing the ride successfully.  You cannot discharge your responsibility for your group by simply saying to everyone “Thanks for showing up, ride your own ride”!

Group Pre-ride Meeting

                Group riding can be a great way to meet fellow riders, learn new riding techniques and tips, learn new roads and routes, and just plain have fun on a motorcycle.  Motorcycles are an interesting hobby, as they are obviously a very solitary mode of transportation, however, much of the fun of riding comes from sharing the uniqueness of the experience with others who understand your passion.  In this article I’m going to go over some guidelines and tips for group riding, and while there are no hard and fast rules about riding in a group, there are some guidelines that can be followed to make it a better experience for everyone.  Whether you’re considering going on your first group ride, or an experienced group rider planning to lead your own ride, you should find something interesting in this article.

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