Club Group Rides

These are LED rides (NOT coached) organized either by a Mersey Tri Activator or in some cases, organised between Club members.
You are representing Mersey Tri, therefore please follow the Highway Code at all times, including stopping at red lights, riding no more than two-abreast and respecting ALL other road users. Where appropriate and when safe to do so, ‘single out’ and allow drivers to get past you on narrow roads. If you have them, please wear Club colours.
- GUESTS are welcome though they must consider joining the Club after 2 rides. Whoever invited the guest accepts all responsibility for their conduct and safety.

Preparation - Responsibilities of the LEAD

  • Publish the GPX route so riders may download the route to their preferred device

  • Group pace i.e. X mph, and whether the distance is in preparation for Sprint, Standard, Half or full IRONMAN

  • Regrouping points (in case anyone gets dropped)

  • Broadcast your emergency contact number prior to the ride setting off

  • No advice should be given whilst on the move or in a vulnerable situation

Preparation - Responsibility of each RIDER. It is YOUR responsibility to BE PREPARED for ALL eventualities

  • Ensure your bike is roadworthy. Click HERE for the ‘M’ check

  • HELMET that meets current safety standards

  • Front & Rear lights. If USB make sure they’re fully charged

  • 2 x spare inner tubes, pump or CO2 cartridges

  • 2 x bottles of fluids sat in bike bottle cages. Consider adding a Hydration tablet

  • Enough nutrition to keep you fuelled

  • An emergency gel for if your energy levels hit rock bottom

  • A light weight waterproof jacket in your back pocket

  • A small amount of cash and or credit / debit card for emergency situations

  • Waterproof wallet / purse for car keys and other sensitive devices

  • On arrival at the advertised meeting point, make yourself known to the group leader

  • Emergency Contact: Make sure you carry emergency contact details i.e. name and phone number, and that those details are accessible e.g. Parkrun style wrist band / tag, or a label attached to your bike, or the mobile phone ICE feature is enabled (see Technology below)

    Technology

  • Garmin or similar route mapping device

  • In Case of Emergency (ICE): Enable the ICE / Emergency Contact feature. For iPhone click HERE for Android click HERE

  • Mobile Phone FULLY charged

    Winter Riding

  • Mudguards - especially when riding in a group

  • Waterproof gloves and overshoes

Prior Preparation & Planning Prevents Poor Performance & Punctures

If you are not used to riding in a group, please have a look at this very handy guide http://www.ctc.org.uk/sites/default/files/file_available-everyone-no-log-required/group-ridingpdf.pdf


Sefton / Liverpool Group Rides

  • Weekends - mainly SUNDAY mornings. Typically around 3 hours + and cover distances from Olympic to half IM.

  • A new regular short ride (around 1 hour), is scheduled for Wednesday evenings through summer. Commencing 3 April. ALL welcome

  • Rides are posted on Facebook

  • Meeting point: See Facebook invitation as these may vary. Often at the New Scarisbrick Arms, L39 7HX.

  • Contact: Peter Heron, peter@merseytri.org.uk

Sefton / Liverpool Mid-week Rides

  • Mid-week Social rides are often posted by Mike Lisle

  • Meeting point: See Facebook invitation as these may vary. Often at the old United Utilities red brick building (Clares Gardens); 3 Dicconsons Lane, Halsall, Ormskirk L39 7HR

  • Contact: Mike Lisle, os_l23@merseytri.org.uk

Wirral Group Rides

  • Weekends - mainly SATURDAY mornings. ALL welcome

  • Rides are posted on Facebook

  • Meeting Point: See Facebook invitation. Thornton Hough

  • Contact: Colin Valance Owen, membership@merseytri.org.uk