Even after 12 years of riding together, the Baroudeurs are far from perfect. But, we pride ourselves to be constantly learning. As such, best practices learnt from the track, racing and through club rides have helped us put together a collection of Skills and Drills sessions that, we believe, will empower newcomers and seasoned Baroudeurs alike.
As possibly the smallest British Cycling affiliated club, we like to think we learn and share good practice to a high level to Baroudeur members. This results in positive outcomes such as – all members riding safely with each other and respectfully towards fellow road users.
The Baroudeurs usually accept 3-4 new members a year. As a result, good practice is cascaded through the initial Chat Laps session followed by regular club riding. Within 3 months a Neo-Baroudeur is expected to have improved to a level where riding is fluid, fun, and is invited to become a team member.
However, with the growing popularity of cycling, like many good clubs, we are experiencing an extraordinary influx of member enquiries. In response to this, we are revisiting how best to ride safely as a group and pass on the skills we have learnt.
How it works
Skills and Drills (SD) are usually held before a chilled Friday’s Chat Laps. We ask that newcomers and seasoned members who have not been regularly, or would simply like to reinforce their skillset attend. The session is usually 30 minutes and will start early before the Chat Laps begin.
If the weather isn’t cooperating, or the numbers warrant this, the Ride Captains will organise a SD session at the next convenient time.
What do we learn?
We like to keep it simple. We share what works, what keeps people safe and happy to keep on riding together.
The SD covers:
- Group riding etiquette
- Spatial awareness
- Good communication
- Team Time Trials
Riding a bike is simple. Riding effectively together demands attention, good communication and a positive learning attitude.
The low down
Whether you’re a newcomer or a seasoned Baroudeur, we ask you to join us for Chat Laps on a Friday morning. If you’re happy and you feel the Baroudeurs could be the club for you, then a conversation to join further rides is discussed.
All we ask is that you value this time and respect all road users.
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