Guide for Backmarkers
This guide is based on best practice and recommendations from Wheel Easy members, Cycling UK and others.
To ensure that you act in a manner which is a credit to the club and cycling in general:
- by supporting the leader and by backmarking by example;
- by maintaining a high awareness of road conditions and features, and other road users;
- by riding safely and following the Highway Code, and
- by helping your leader to control the ride for group riders’ enjoyment.
Please also make yourself familiar with the Wheel Easy Guide to Riding in a Group.
- Your ride leader will ask for a designated backmarker to help ensure that slower riders and riders with mechanicals, etc are not left behind. Consider volunteering.
- Swap mobile numbers with your leader.
- As backmarker, you will be in a unique position to see all of the group riders and their related cycling behaviours. If they are unaware of other road users and are causing a problem for them, in particular to vehicles behind the group, then you should take action to resolve this. For example, in busy areas such as Harrogate/Knaresborough, and whenever it is difficult for vehicles to overtake a long line of cyclists, request riders split into smaller groups of 3 or 4 riders. They should leave a large gap (10 car lengths) between the groups for vehicles to slot into.
- Tell your ride leader if a rider has a mechanical, is unwell, or if the last rider is falling behind.
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