Ride Leader Guide

NVP Ride Leader Guide

Updated 2021.10.21

Thanks for being willing to lead an NVP ride. Without ride leaders, club rides could not happen.

The information here will help you lead a safe and fun club ride. If you have not led a ride before, you may want to consider partnering with a more-experienced ride leader to find out just how easy it really is. A ride leader does not have to ride at the front of the group, ride with the fastest group or be the sag. You ride at your own pace and enjoy the ride!

If you have questions, please contact the NVP Activities Director or reach out to other NVP ride leaders.

Setting Up a Ride

The Day of the Ride

Ride briefing:

●         Introduce yourself, provide your mobile # in case anyone gets in difficulty

●         Introduce any new riders and make them feel welcome

     ●         Insurance requires that non-members sign the non-member waiver and for minors, a parent or guardian signs the minor release form [Do minors who are members have to sign a waiver?]

●         Reminder to help fellow riders, eg flat tire, mechanical. Don’t leave anyone stranded!

●         Give a short route description. GPS Route name/distance options. Highlights, rest stops, lunch stop

●         Ask who’s doing each route distance if there’s more than one option

Safety briefing:

●         Follow all rules of the road, especially stop signs and red lights. It's the law!

●         Max 2 abreast and only when safe to do so

●         Call out and use hand signals for turns and any time you’re slowing or stopping

●         Call out and point out any road hazard that could cause a safety hazard, eg:

■          Bumps, holes, gravel, glass, branches, water (ice)

■          Parked cars

■          Riders, runners/walkers

●         Overtake only on the left, call out “on your left”

●         Avoid surprise swerves and slowdowns that can take a fellow rider down

●         Don’t overlap your front wheel with rider in front’s rear wheel

●         Use a good front and especially a rear light, “blinkey”



●         If there is an accident:

■          Fill Out the LAB Accident Form: https://americanspecialtyexpress.com/uploads/page/incident_form.pdf

■          Let the Activities Director know and send them the form.

After the Ride


Nashoba Valley Pedalers

P.O. Box 2398

Acton, MA 01720


Non members on our rides are a great way of soliciting potential new club members.