Rochester Active Sports Club (RASC) is a nonprofit club based in Rochester Minnesota, designed to promote nordic skiing, mountain biking and road biking in SE Minnesota.
 

Overview

Group riding is great way to meet fellow people that cycle and make new friends. The vast majority of rides result in a great experience for all involved.


Riding in a group can be significantly safer and more fun than riding alone. Being in a group makes us more visible to motorists and pairs newer riders with those that have more experience. Most importantly, if something should happen, whether a minor mechanical issue or a crash, you are not alone. 


Because cycling is not without risk and we want all participants to have a great experience, RASC riders and leaders must conform to strict etiquette and safety guidelines.


Rider Responsibilities

Etiquette
  • Rides will start on time, we do not wait for late arrivals.
    • Arrive at least 10 minutes before the ride and be ready to roll out before the starting time.
  • Check in with your ride leader before the start time.
  • Bring your own gear
    • Helmet (required)
    • Spare tube, and tools to fix a flat
      • We can usually help you fix a flat, but you'll need to provide a spare tube :)
    • Water
    • Lights (Front and rear)
      • Rides often finish around sunset and sometimes after dark.
    • Cell phone
    • Sunglasses
    • ID / Money / etc
    • Bike computer / GPS tracker (optional)
    • Your enthusiasm and eagerness to have a fun time!
  • Keep your bike in good condition. Need a tune-up? Our Affiliates pages list some great bike shops in town that can help you tune up your ride. Some bike shops give discounts to RASC members.


Guidelines, Rules and Laws
  • Club Rules
    • Helmets are required on all RASC rides
    • No ear buds
    • Aerobars cannot be used on RASC rides
    • Participants must sign a waiver (Member signatures are associated with your account)
      • Membership and waiver information can be found here.
  • Local/State laws
    • Obey all traffic laws
      • DO NOT run stop signs or stop lights
        • If you fall behind, DO NOT run a stop light or sign to catch up.
        • Whenever possible, groups should proceed through an intersection together. Groups will regroup at a (nearby) safe location when part of the group does not make a stop light or sign.
    • Ask your group leader or a more experienced rider if you have questions about any laws or safety guidelines.
  • Pace line guidelines
    • Group leaders will cover guidelines for riding in a pace line prior to/during the ride.
    • Hand signals must be used
      • Riders must signal and/or word call changes in speed and stops
      • Riders must signal any change in left or right position, in addition to turns.
    • When in front (or middle), avoid and point out road hazards to the group.
      • Do NOT brake suddenly or swerve!
    • Do NOT overlap the wheel of the rider in front of you
    • Most importantly: DO NOT DO ANYTHING UNEXPECTED.
Leader Responsibilities

  • Arrive at least 15 minutes before the ride
  • Introduce self to new riders
  • Ensure all guests have signed a waiver
  • Review safety and paceline guidelines
  • Keep the group together riding at the posted speed
  • Know the route
  • If a group has more than 16 riders, it should be split into multiple groups.


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