Rideouts

We meet every Sunday (weather permitting 'cos its not fun if we're soaked and cold) in the lay-by opposite the Oakdene Café at Wrotham. Destinations tend to be decided on the day and generally cover about 100 - 150 miles of the best roads Kent and Sussex have to offer. We operate the Drop-Off system which means that we never loose anybody and everyone can run at their own pace. During the summer months, club members also get together for evening and Saturday runs.

We meet at 09:45am (so we're ready to START at 10am) in the lay-by opposite the Oakdene Café, London Rd, Wrotham, Kent, TN15 7RR (click here for a map) - you're welcome to join us!

Please arrive for the run with a full tank of petrol and an empty bladder!!

Invicta Bike Club Rideout

Briefing Notes

Before we start:

  • Introduction for new riders.
  • Explanation of the Drop-Off System.
  • Establish Leader & Last Bike.
  • Ensure everyone has fuel before leaving.
  • Distribute telephone contact numbers.

On the run:

  • You are responsible for your own ride & speeds.
  • Practice Safe Riding, not to close to the bike in front.
  • Always leave yourself options.
  • 'Ride your own ride!'

What Is The 'Drop-Off' System?

This is basically a system designed to make group riding safer and more enjoyable for all by allowing for the group getting split up without becoming lost and to avoid the dangers of a long line of motorcycles causing dangerous frustration to other drivers. It also permits riders to travel at their own comfortable pace without causing too much frustration for those wishing to ride briskly.

Before a run starts, Run Leaders should ensure that ALL riders are familiar with the system and any specific rules or problems en-route are explained.

How It Works

There will be a Leader and a Back Marker or Last Bike & their position in the run will remain static. On the approach to any deviation of route, the rider immediately behind the Leader will then stop in a safe and conspicuous position to indicate the direction the run has taken (in other words he will act as a mobile signpost for the rest of the group) and will remain there until the approach of the Back Marker (even if it takes a long time - there may be a problem further back in the run which you are unaware of) and then rejoin the ride immediately in front of the Back Marker.

The Back Marker should always leave sufficient space for these riders to rejoin in front of him but if for safety reasons that isn't practical, then the rider should rejoin at the rear and pass the back marker when safe to do so.

In this manner all riders (except the leader and rear) will constantly change positions within the group and if operated correctly, there should be no danger of riders getting lost because they are riding slower than others. This system also avoids the dangers of the slower rider being forced to ride at speeds they are not comfortable with and thereby putting themselves and others in danger.

It sometimes happens that rider number two misses the signal to drop off, either through inattention or inexperience - if you are behind and see this happen, please use your initiative and pull over yourself (a little common sense can go a long way).

If a ride becomes extremely fragmented, the Run Leader should use common sense and find somewhere to safely stop and allow the run to regroup.

Ride your own ride, don't allow yourself to be pulled or pushed along and enjoy yourself at your own pace.