TeamCBC Cycling Tip – Group Ride Etiquette

Etiquette (noun) – the customary code of polite behavior among members of a particular group.

When I earned my MBA degree many years ago, our first class was on etiquette.  We were told that one day, when we were in a professional setting, it would be beneficial for us to understand the rules and we would be better prepared to fit into that group.

It’s the same in cycling.  When your in a group of riders who are familiar with each other and follow the same rules, you fit right in and everyone is safer.  With that in mind, here are 14 tips on group ride etiquette:

1. Point out hazards
2. Be proactive around safety and pacing
3. Stay off the brakes
4. Pull longer, not harder
5. Pull shorter, not slower
6. Pace the climbs for the middle of the group
7. Learn how to blow your nose
8. Shift as you stand up
9. DON’T pull so hard you drop yourself
10. DON’T show up late and unprepared
11. DON’T half-wheel your friends
12. DON’T Sprint Away from Stops
13. DON’T run red lights
14. DON’T Get The Whole Group in Trouble or in Danger

In reference to item 1, you can report potholes at the NCDOT website.…

Also, given the COVID19 outbreak, item 7 is a rule, not a suggestion.

For further explanation on the above 14 items, please read the following article:…/

Thanks to a Sharon Goodman for submitting this article.

Quote of the week:  “Ride as much or as little, or as long or as short as you feel. But ride.” Eddy Merckx.

Rick Bunnell
President, TeamCBC