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And, of course, if you are new to the sport or the area, you won’t get lost.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp dir=\u0022ltr\u0022\u003eBy riding in a group you’ll learn road skills and be able to chat to more experienced riders, generally speaking it is the best place to learn about how to get into cycling.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp dir=\u0022ltr\u0022\u003eWhen riding in a group or bunch you have a duty of care that should extend to all, including other road users, all riders must comply with the Highway Code.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003ch4\u003eRide in two lines\u003c/h4\u003e\n\u003cp dir=\u0022ltr\u0022\u003eTwo parallel lines of riders is the safest and most practical riding formation. All club runs will assume this formation. Do not break the line, if you do need to pass another rider make sure it’s safe to do so and the road ahead is clear. Do not ride more than two abreast and keep to the correct side of the road.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp dir=\u0022ltr\u0022\u003eThere will be times when the group will need to ride in single file if the road space is very narrow such as when a vehicle is trying to overtake the group on a narrow lane. When this happens you will be asked to single out. Riding two abreast also means you get to have a pleasant chat with your neighbour, although conversation is not obligatory at any point during a club ride.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp dir=\u0022ltr\u0022\u003ePlease try to avoid “half wheeling” when riding at the front. This is when you edge your wheel ahead of the rider alongside of you. This encourages the other rider to match your pace which results in the pace escalating for the whole group. \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003ch4\u003eStay close\u003c/h4\u003e\n\u003cp dir=\u0022ltr\u0022\u003eThe benefits of riding in a group are more than just social. You will cover more ground with less effort in a group, saving around 20% of your energy when sitting in the bunch. So stay close to the rider in front to maximise the slipstream and allow riders around you to also use it to best effect. Do not overlap a back wheel with your front wheel. If the rider in front has to avoid a pothole or some other sudden hazard in the road and clips your front wheel, you are going down and you will take others down with you. Everybody overlaps on occasion but do try to avoid it.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003ch4\u003eDon’t ‘switch’ suddenly\u003c/h4\u003e\n\u003cp dir=\u0022ltr\u0022\u003eTry to be predictable; no sudden changes of direction or speed (acceleration or deceleration) try not to use your brakes unnecessarily, tell the person behind you if you going to brake, hold your line and keep a steady cadence, this is for the rider who may be riding behind and needs to be close and confident that you won’t move suddenly or wobble. The riders in front will not stop suddenly without warning so you won’t have to make any sudden moves.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003ch4\u003eRelax\u003c/h4\u003e\n\u003cp dir=\u0022ltr\u0022\u003eTry to relax your upper body as much as possible. This will help prevent fatigue and also prevent you from making sudden changes in direction. 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