Ann Arbor Velo Club Handbook for Ride Leaders

Ride leaders, thank you for your generous offer to lead our club rides. Club rides are critical to the success of any club. AAVC club rides carry out the mission of the club. Ride leaders represent the club and its values. They interact with the riders as well as the general public. Every interaction is an opportunity to promote cycling and the club. It’s also an opportunity to do damage to the image of cycling and the club.

This page is going to guide ride leaders in doing the right things for cycling and for the club. There will be a handbook with chapters such as "Why lead a ride?” and “How to prepare” but also the more urgent before-ride, during-ride, and after-ride protocols, as well as an emergency protocol.

Lots of decisions go into the design of a successful ride. Route (distance, expected speed); “no drop” or “no stop”; paceline expectations; regroup policy or regroup points on the route. The handbook is going to help the leaders make these decisions consistently with the club’s mission and with each other.

Step 1 in the creation of the handbook is the “Before Ride Protocol”. It is available using the link below.

If you want to be involved as a ride leader, or if you have questions about or commentary on the club’s philosophy of ride leading, contact the club’s president.