When people get all caught up in their triathlon goals, it is easy to forget their fellow riders. However, being considerate and thinking of other people during group rides will make the experience more enjoyable for everyone. Almost all local cycling groups tend to follow the same set of unspoken rules, so knowing these etiquette tips will help cyclists get along better with others.
Avoid Aero-Bars If Possible
In general, staying in aero position throughout a group ride is unnecessary, since you will probably be riding in a slipstream anyways. However, many groups have a firm rule against riding with aero bars because it is a less stable position that can lead to dangerous accidents. If you only have a bike with aero-bars, stay a little farther in the back to be courteous to fellow riders.
Ask If You Can Join
Many local cyclist groups find it rude for random triathletes to push their way into their group without permission. It is considered polite for any riders who happen upon a group to introduce themselves and ask if they can ride alongside the group.
Point Out Obstacles
To help everyone stay as safe as possible, call out any big potholes, debris, or other obstacles you see. Use a hand signal too to try and draw further attention to the issue.
Don’t Go too Fast
Triathletes often have a bad reputation for trying to pick up the pace, making those in front of them feel uncomfortable. Those who do not appreciate the pace of a group of cyclists may want to consider trying to find another group instead.
Be Aware of Surrounding Riders
A lot of accidents happen when a triathlete who is not used to group cycling etiquette misjudges their position and gets tangled up with someone else. Cyclists should try to make sure handlebars are aligned with anyone next to them and maintain decent spacing with those in front of them.
When everyone is clustered together in a group, a predictable cyclist is a safe cyclist. Try to avoid doing anything erratic that could cause accidents. Make gradual adjustments instead of sudden movements and warn those around you before you change course.