CLUB RIDE RULES
By participating in the MAC rides you are agreeing to these rules and conditions.
We are a group of passionate cycling enthusiasts dedicated to the sport we love. MAC welcomes riders of all ages and levels. We are located in the Lake Norman area of North Carolina. We believe in our communities as much as we believe in our sport and we do what we can to help in our communities as well. MAC has donated close to $100,000 to local charities over the years, raised through our charity ride. We also have groups that volunteer at the local soup kitchens, and clear debris from local roads through the NC Adopt-A-Highway program. We would love for you to be a part of our cycling community.
The ride leader may or may not be at the front of the group pulling. The group is required to maintain the advertised pace regardless of where the ride leader is. If the current pace setter pulls off the front do NOT surge ahead. Maintain the current pace. Surging creates gaps and encourages others to unnecessarily surge. This creates a mess throughout the entire group and starts to blow the group apart. If you’re not confident in your pace setting abilities it’s okay to stay at the back of the field.
Please do not overlap the wheel of the cyclist in front of you. It is dangerous and could cause a real problem within the group if the person in front of you has to pull over from their line quickly. If you’re not sure what overlapping a wheel is please see HERE.
When riding on Brawley School Rd. where the bike lanes are present, we ride single file. The bike lanes are not wide enough to ride 2 abreast and we need to be polite to motorists using the other lanes. We’re lucky to have these bike lanes on our routes and we need to utilize them as prescribed. There are sections on the route where it may be more beneficial to ride 2 abreast and the ride leader will determine those sections. If you see the ride leader hold up 1 finger, they’re indicating single file. If the ride leader holds up 2 fingers they’re indicating we’re riding 2 abreast. This is beneficial for safety as well as making it quicker and easier for motorists to pass.
We welcome all to our weekly group rides on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s. You are required to follow our rules and have a signed waiver on file. If you haven’t signed this year please do so. If you’re a paying MAC member you already have a current waiver on file so no need for you to sign again.
Typically the ride leader will count the number in the group so we can make sure we end with the same number we start with. If you plan to peel off from the group before the ride ends please let the ride leader know your intentions either before the ride starts or before you leave if you make a last minute decision. We don’t want to wonder where you went and come looking for you if you just decided to head home early.
The routes will be discussed before the ride starts and we typically like to keep all the groups on the same route in case someone from a faster group decides they want to ride slower they’ll have the opportunity to join up with the next slower group behind them.