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General Rules

“Peloton”: French word meaning a densely packed group of riders, sheltering in each others' draft.
  1. A peloton should never counts more than 8 cyclists.   The members of a peloton must remain grouped.   The idea is to help each other.  The goal is to do the ride in the best possible time, taking into account the people who make up the peloton.   One must adjusts its rate to maintain the cohesion and the regularity of the group.
  2. One gives priority to safety at all time.   The respect of the Rules of the Road falls to each member of the Club.
  3. The Ride Leader is responsible to welcome the newcomers and assign them a “buddy” who will initiate them to the rules of operation of the peloton.   An experienced cyclist should always accompanies a newcomer who has difficulty and needs to switch peleton.
  4. The mean speed agreed upon must be maintained. Under normal climatic conditions and on a flat course, the Ride Leader tries to finish the ride with a mean speed close to that agreed upon at the start of the ride (23, 25, 28, 30, 32, 35 km/h or express train).   The warm-up period (approximately 15 min.) is done at a slightly reduced speed.   It goes without saying that, during the ride, this average speed will be exceeded at times of favorable conditions, but reduced when the terrain or the wind imposes an additional difficulty. 
  5. The peloton regroups at the top of a hill. If need be, the Ride Leader may suggest to a person to ride with a group which would be more appropriate to his/her abilities.
  6. The pulls do not exceed 1 km.  The lead cyclist is overcoming the wind resistance for the members behind, which can take up to 50% more energy depending on the wind conditions. Therefore the lead cyclist should drop back after one kilometer when it is safe to do so; a person who feels tired can take shorter pulls.
  7. The peloton never leaves a cyclist alone because of tiredness during a ride and cannot keep up with the peloton any more.   The tail cyclist must make sure that nobody is lost during a relay. 
  8. The ride scheduled is followed.   In this case, a cyclist who wishes to slow down or accelerate his rate will be able to switch peloton, in particular at the time of a pause.
  9. Each cyclist should indicate the obstacles to those who follow. 
  10. The peloton stops immediately in the event of a flat or of mechanical breakdown and each member of the peloton leaves the road and stands on the shoulder at a safe distance which is at least one metre off the road.

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