Apache Brave Racing Club Rules

These are Apache Brave Racing Club rules, terms and conditions; if you do not agree to them then please do not join our club. We hold the right to change any rule or term at any point without notice. This is a privately owned club that welcomes all levels and abilities of cyclists. If you are unsure about joining please contact us first. If you decide to join you are agreeing to these rules and terms.

DATA PROTECTION ACT (this statement does not form part of the club rules)

The club keeps records on computer. The information held is names, addresses, telephone numbers, email address (where applicable), date of birth and membership start date (where available) of club members.

The club wishes to remain exempt from the Act. This requires the club to ask any member who does not wish to have their membership details as above, held on computer, to notify the club Manager.
 
CLUB RULES

1 GENERAL RULES

1.    This Club shall be called Apache Brave Racing. The objects of the Club shall be to encourage the sport of cycling in all its phases.
 
1.2 Owner (also known as the manager, DS, Director Sportif.) of the Club

1.2.1 The Club shall be managed and owned solely by Richard Watson all inquires is to be directed to the owner/manager with any final decision being made by the manager, the managers decision is final. The Apache Brave Racing Club is owned by Apache Brave (a sports therapy company who is owned by Richard Watson)

1.3 Club Finances

1.3.1 The financial year is May to April.
1.3.2 The owner shall have full control of the funds of the Club and all money shall be banked in the name of the Owner.
1.3.3 As the club is owned and operated by Apache Brave Sports Therapy all finances are directed to Apache Brave and ultimately Owner Richard Watson. All monies are to be paid to Richard Watson. The club Apache Brave Racing holds no monetary value and holds no monetary finances. All costs are paid for from Richard Watson Trading as Apache Brave on behalf of Apache Brave Racing.

1.4 Membership and Subscriptions

1.4.1 Application for membership shall be accompanied by the subscription and the applicant shall be elected by the Manager. If not elected, the subscription shall be returned.
1.4.2 Applications will not be considered from persons under 18 year of age, unless authorized by Richard Watson.
1.4.3 Subscriptions of members joining lasts for one year from the date they joined.
1.4.4 Subscriptions shall be paid when joining the club.
1.4.5 Subscription fees to be paid in full.
1.4.6 Honorary membership may be granted at the discretion of the Owner. Such members shall be entitled to take part in social events and receive club literature. They will not receive club benefits. 
1.4.7 Members have 30 days from joining to cancel their membership if they do not wish to continue as a member, once 30 days have passed membership fee can not be return.
1.4.8 If for any reason the member is given notice to leave the club the membership fee will not be returned to the leaving member, unless they are within the first 30 days of membership.
1.4.9 Only membership can be returned, any monies paid to British Cycling or PayPal admin charges can not be returned.

1.5 Disputes and Disciplinary Action

1.5.1 The Owner shall have the power to settle any dispute not provided for by these rules.
1.5.2 The Owner shall have the power to expel members whom they consider to be guilty of unacceptable or unseemly conduct whilst associated with the Apache Brave Racing Club at races, club runs and other social events. Such conduct to include disregard for the traffic laws and the Highway Code and repeated failure to comply with both the letter and the spirit of all rules, regulations and codes of conduct relating to such races, club runs and other social events, this also include the use of any band drug use whether knowingly taken be the member or not.
1.5.3 Before any final decision is made by the Owner the member/s concerned will be permitted to appear and state his/her/their case.

1.6 Roadworthy machines

1.6.1 Any member or guest who joins an official club run is required to ride a machine which is in a roadworthy condition.
1.6.2 Apache Brave Racing & Richard Watson take no responsibility for the damage caused to members machines during club rides.

1.7 Rule changes

1.7.1 The Owner is empowered to update these rules in line with any name changes of organizations without having to gain approval of such changes.

1.8 Protection of Children & Vulnerable Adults

1.8.1 It is incumbent on all Apache Brave Racing members to take responsibility for the protection of children and vulnerable adults involved this club.
1.8.2 For the purpose of simplification of the following text child means child, children or vulnerable adult(s).
1.8.3 The British Cycling definition of a vulnerable adult is someone who is aged 18 years or over who ‘is or may be in need of community care services by reason of mental health or other disability, age or illness’ and ‘is or may be unable to take care of him or herself, or unable to protect him or herself against significant harm or exploitation’.
A vulnerable adult may be a person who
•    Is elderly or frail
•    Has learning disabilities
•    Suffers from mental illness (e.g. dementia, personality disorder)
•    Has physical disability
•    Is a substance misuser
•    Is homeless
•    Is in an abusive relationship
(It should be noted that disability or age alone does not signify that an adult is vulnerable.)
1.8.4 All events within the club potentially involving a child, whether official or informal, must be agreed with the club Owner to ensure that they comply with the BC Policy and Procedure for Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults.
1.8.5 Members must ensure that behaviour is appropriate and to assist in this judgment the following (non-extensive) guidelines are provided: -
Avoid unnecessary physical contact or spending excessive amounts of time alone with one child.
•    Do not take an unaccompanied child to your home or other location isolated from the group.
•    Ensure that activities do not include rough, physical or sexually provocative games.
•    Never make sexually suggestive comments to a child, even in fun.
•    Never do things of a personal nature for a child that they can do for themselves.
•    Never condone bullying, rule violation or the use of prohibited substances.
1.8.6 For the protection of the individual concerned, if a case arises where one or more of the above situations is unavoidable (e.g. a child is accidentally hurt) then the incident should be reported immediately to another club member, a written note made of the event and the parents /guardians informed.
1.8.7 If a member becomes aware of inappropriate behaviour with a child they must report the incident(s) to the club Owner and the BC procedure shall be followed.
 
GROUP BEHAVIOUR
             
                                                                                   
The social club run is a social event not a race. Obey the rules of the road and maintain a civil approach to the public including drivers. Each rider of the group is individually responsible for his/her own safety but the ride will be safer and more enjoyable if the actions of other riders can be more easily predicted, for this reason our club has a riding etiquette. All regular riders on our club runs should be aware of this code of conduct and help “newbies” by informing them and showing them the ropes.
 
RULES OF THE ROAD

•    Traffic lights – Red, amber and red/amber all mean stop (none come with“except cyclists” exclusion).
•    Keep left signs and bollards – it means exactly what they say, keep left.
•    Stop signs at junctions – Don’t have a quick glance then sprint across, this endangers riders and drivers and the chances are the rest of the group will have to stop and you will only end up waiting for them.
 
GROUP STRUCTURE
•    No more than two abreast and single file on busy or narrow roads
•    Usually ride in pairs in line with the pair in front but single out when necessary.
•    Don't echelon and spread across the road (this appears to be 3 and 4 abreast to vehicles approaching from the rear)
 
GROUP SIZE

The optimal group size is 10 riders, groups nearer 20 have the following problems:-
•    Communications break down
•    More difficult to single out and negotiate road junctions
•    Confuses motorists particularly when cutting back in after overtaking
•    The committee strongly advises that large groups should split into smaller groups
 
COMMUNICATIONS
Good communication throughout the group is essential, learn the shouts and use them loud and clear and pass them on through the group:-
•    “Car up” car approaching from the rear, “car down” car approaching from the front
•    “On the left” obstacle on the left e.g. parked car, pedestrian etc. (call often accompanied by placing the left arm behind the back)
•    “Hole” warning of a hole in the road, the call is accompanied by pointing to the obstacle, this shout can be adjusted to suit other obstacles such as branches, horse droppings, bricks
•    “Easy” slow down and pay attention; this could be for a hazard, the group breaking up etc.
•    “Stopping” self explanatory but avoid sudden braking and bunching up
•    When changing direction let other riders know with a warning that is both verbal and visual
 
 
READING THE ROAD

The communications referred to above should not be relied upon as the only source of input:-
•    Concentrate just the same as you should when driving a car and anticipate!
•    Be aware of road conditions and assess probability of incidents (read the road, the pros do).
•    Adjust riding to suit (adjust pace, gaps between riders and one or two abreast).
•    On blind bends and crests of hills, if you can't see on-coming traffic don't assume there isn't any.
 
ROAD JUNCTIONS

Particular care must be taken at road junctions:-
•    It has already been mentioned that stop signs should be obeyed.
•    Groups should remain orderly and avoid bunching at the mouth of the junction.
•    Riders, who have negotiated the junction, should check whether others had to wait, if so ride at a speed where they can rejoin quickly.
 
SINGLING OUT
Members should have a clear and well understood method of singling out:-
•    riders on the inside should in turn slightly accelerate to allow riders on the outside to in turn slip in behind them.
•    the instinctive reaction to an oncoming car is to brake. The braking severity increases through the group, makes singling out difficult and may take riders down. Avoid it if possible.
 
GOING TO THE FRONT
In a group of similar ability riders, it seems only fair that all members of the group should take a turn at the front, particularly when the group is riding into a strong wind etc. However, in groups with less able riders or riders experiencing problems it is totally acceptable for them to opt out of a turn on the front and for stronger riders to work for the good of the group on the front.
It is recommended that riders use the following procedure to change over at the front:-
•    Clearly tell the group that there is to be a change at the front.
•    The rider on the outside at the front accelerates and moves over in front of the nearside rider.
•    The outside riders then move up one and the last rider on the inside will move to the outside to reform into pairs.
The other method for singling out, where the two front riders move apart and the group rides between, needs greater care as while the two riders are moving to the back there is a section of the group that is 4 abreast. This should only be attempted on quiet lanes with sufficient space.
 
 
HILLS

Pay attention on hills, when climbing:-
•    Avoid bunching and riding more than 2 abreast
•    When standing on the pedals maintain an even pace by pushing harder on the initial stroke (slowing has the perceived effect of moving backwards into the rider behind and can cause collisions)
•    Be aware that others may not be too skilled at the above and leave space where possible
 
When descending:-
•    The right line obviously helps when descending but not at the expense of safety, the wrong side of the road on blind bends is unacceptable.
•    It's not a road race on closed roads, your luck will run out one day and causing a car to swerve is putting the driver and your club-mates at risk.


ABOUT YOUR BIKE

All our riders use road bikes on club runs (popularly known as racing bikes), other types of bike are slower and if used on a club run you could struggle to keep up.
 
Your bike should be roadworthy and well maintained:-
•    Check tyre pressures before each ride.
•    Check tyres for damage and wear after each ride (replace if necessary), being miles from home with an unrepairable flat doesn't make for an enjoyable ride for you or other riders.
•    Check brake block regularly, remove any grit as it will damage your rims and replace pads when worn.
•    Get even slightly buckled wheels trued or they will quickly deteriorate.
•    Saddles are designed to be horizontal, poorly adjusted saddles are bad news on a long ride.
 
Your bike equipment:-
•    For wet rides bikes should be fitted with mudguards to prevent spraying other riders with dirty, gritty water (it's not pleasant).
•    Don't use the biggest chainring with the biggest rear sprocket or the smallest chainring and the smallest sprocket.
 
WHAT TO TAKE WITH YOU

•    Club runs stop at a café so you will need to take some cash for a drink and a sandwich or cake.
•    Carry at least one spare tube (two preferably), tyre levers, pump (a mini pump is fine) and suitable size allen keys.
•    Take a drinking bottle filled with water or energy drink, dehydration will stop you in your tracks.
•    On longer rides, many riders take an energy bar or banana in their back pocket, it's not only cars that can run out of fuel.
•    Carry a compact rain jacket, riding when wet increases wind chill and saps your energy.
 
RIDING IN A GROUP

Group riding requires a good level of disciplines, it is essential that other riders in the group know what is happening with predictable riding and good communication, we therefore have a club riding etiquette, which can be viewed under the Club Runs section of the main menu. This includes details of the specific shouts used by cyclists to warn of hazards, for a safe and a pleasant ride please familiarise yourself with the etiquette and ride in line with the requirements.
 
WHAT TO WEAR

•    Clothing specific to road cycling will be the most comfortable, you can spend a fortune on some of the kit but it isn't essential. The club has it's own specific kit available from Ride on Holbrook Road or for more economically priced items Aldi or Lidl do occasionally sell cycling kit that is perfectly adequate for a beginner.
•    For winter riding you will need a good wind-proof jacket. Don't have bare knees in cold weather, use long cycling tights, 3/4 length tights, knee warmers or leg warmers (whichever you prefer to keep your knees warm).
•    It is strongly recommended that you wear a cycling helmet.
•    A gilet is a great piece of kit, it can be carried in your saddle pack or back pocket and can protect against changes of temperature.
•    Always wear something on your hands, in winter gloves are appropriate but in summer wear track mitts, if you come off you will inevitably break your fall with your hands and gloves/mitts provide protection from “gravel rash”.
 
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