Group mountain bike rides are an amazing way to meet new people, learn new skills and discover new trails. Mountain bike club rides or organizing a group of friends to bike together offers up a completely different experience than riding on your own. When riding in groups, you may be more likely to push your limits and try different line choices as you’ll feed off the skills and motivation from other riders. Whether you’re learning from riders in the group or teaching riders, you’ll be improving your skills along the way.
To get the most out of your group ride and ensure everyone has a positive experience, you should become familiar with the following group ride tips. Whether it’s a group of friends or a club ride where you don’t know anyone, it’s important to review the following before setting out on the trail.
1. AGREE ON A ROUTE
Talk to your fellow riding buddies before leaving the trailhead. Agree on a preferred route and create a game plan. Take into account everyone’s skill level, knowledge of the area, trail conditions, how long everyone would like to ride for and what trails the most novice rider in the group would be comfortable riding.