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The backbone of the Almaden Cycle Touring Club is its club rides. But without people willing to be Ride Leaders, there would be no rides. Any Club member may lead a ride. If you sometimes feel that there is just not enough selection of rides at the pace that you want to do, then remember that there is one sure solution - LEAD SOME RIDES.

There are many reasons for being a Ride Leader. First is that you know you will be riding where and when you want. In addition, you will be riding with your friends, making new friends, and adding to the range of rides offered to the Club members.

There are many good roads to ride in this area as well as many destinations for camping, either self contained or supported by a SAG vehicle.

To become a Ride Leader - just fill out this form to get your account.

There are no classes to take or hard-and-fast rules to follow. Our general ride guidelines are listed here. Below are some informal suggestions for listing and leading rides. The Ride Sign-up and Ride Description forms may be downloaded from this page (see right panel). In addition, each Ride Leader should download the LAB Cover Letter and the Insurance Forms and carry a copy of both on all rides in case of an incident. A copy of the filled out form should be sent to the Club Insurance Representative as they handle the Club Insurance.

If you don't know the area too well, then name the ride something like "Santa Cruz Explorer" or "Santa Cruz Ramble". That way it's OK if you all sometimes get lost. Try to think of a good ride title, one that will make people notice your ride and want to come do it.

Before posting your ride, we recommend that you find or create a route using the Club account from RideWithGPS and provide a link to the route/cue sheet in the ride description, especially if there is no sweep rider. Make sure that any new riders have printed a route map and/or know how to use the RideWithGPS Club Navigation on their GPS device or their smart phone

Ride descriptions should be posted 2 days ahead of time, using the Ride Entry form . Click the Create New Ride menu to enter the details about your ride, being sure to include the date & time for the start, and the location for the Ride Start in the Description field. You can select any Billy Goats, Grizzly Bears or Mountain Goats from the listings, subject to the limitations listed there. When you're satisfied after Editing your Ride posting, click Publish to view it on the Ride Calendar. The ride will show up as pending, and will not be visible on the ride lists until approval. Rides are usually approved within 24 hours. If you wish to see your rides posted in the monthly Black & Blue Bottom newsletter, they need to be approved and posted by the second Sunday of the month.

If you don't know the exact mileage, then estimate on the higher side. Nobody complains if the ride turns out shorter, but they MIGHT complain when the ride is longer than listed. Have an easy to find starting location, preferably someplace near water and restrooms. And be sure that it is safe for people to leave their cars there for the ride duration.

Keep the ride descriptions brief but friendly. Be sure to mention whether or not there are regular regoupings, and if it there is a sweep rider to account for slower riders.

Show up at the ride start location at least 15 minutes early. People should be ready to ride by the scheduled starting time, but it’s good to wait an extra 5 minutes before leaving. It is OK to remind them that they are late and request it not happen again. If, for any reason, you can't make it, find someone else to lead the ride for you.

Have a ride sign-up sheet, and make sure that everyone prints their name legibly. PLEASE make sure that any non-members also sign their name in the bottom section on Billy Goat or Grizzly rides. When the ride is over, you can enter the riders' stats here. Use the same login as your ride entry. After all the stats are in and verified, review the names on your sign-up sheet for readability. Scan or take a photo of the signup sheet and e-mail it to Stats Archive, for archiving. Be sure to include the date and title of your ride in the Subject line.

Always have scheduled water and food stops. Plan on 10 to 15 miles between stops, but include scheduled regroups to make sure that nobody gets lost and that the slower riders have a chance to catch up with the group. Regroups are usually at the summits of every long climb, or at junctions where the correct turn may not be obvious.

If your group is large then assign a capable rider to act as 'sweep', preferably one who knows the route and can help other riders who may run into problems

Remember: the ride is not over until all riders have returned to the start location or have been accounted for.

ACTC Staff

Ride Leader Forms

Insurance forms need to be carried by each ride leader and used to report accidents on rides. Contact the Ride Coordinator if you have any questions.
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