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Management for Coaches and Ride Leaders eArticle
Situations to Think About. What Would you Do
Here are some recurring situations common to
cycling coaching. How would you handle these cases? Do you have specific legal
duties? Would your actions be different if you were a participant on the ride
rather than a coach?
group is leaving the parking lot. You are in the lead. A rider, whose bike had
been hidden, steps out of the restroom, climbs onto his bike, and rolls out at
the tail end of your group. You notice after a couple of miles that this rider
is not wearing a helmet.
You are practicing paceline
skills, and a rider unknown to you, joins the group.
Your group is at a convenience
store getting something to drink after a long climb. Before descending, you
notice that one of the riderís tires has a sidewall cut.
Your group of 15 is approaching an
intersection. The yellow light turns red as the two lead riders go through. The
rest of the group stops, except one rider from the back of the group who sprints
through to join the two leaders.
You are practicing riding in a
group, and one of the older women in the group seems a bit wobbly. You notice a
couple of times that riders riding near her are startled by her actions.
Your group is 15 miles from the
start point. As you are climbing the local 6% grade, a 55-year old member of
your group says heís feeling okay, but a little tired, a little short of breath,
and that his chest is tight. Would your action change if the rider were 30 years
Away from the city, one of your
riders is in a crash and bleeding profusely from a gaping hole in her elbow.
You are riding paceline in a
group, getting a good workout. You notice that the quick-release skewer of one
of the riders is not fully closed. You donít know whether the skewer is loose,
or whether it has been tightened in a way that doesnít allow it to be in its
normal, closed position.
You are moving fast in a pack on a
route relatively free of intersections and traffic. A truck comes along
traveling a few miles an hour faster than the group. Two riders jump into the
slipstream of the truck.
You have organized a group of 15
riders. At a traffic light, another group of 15 riders catches up and the groups
You are riding along in a mixed
group of 15 riders, and overhear one rider tell another a racist or sexist joke.
You are descending the local
mountain, and notice that one rider is cutting corners, going over the center
line, and seems to be traveling faster than his skills allow.
13. You notice a rider who appears to think
that the ride is a good time to conduct business and personal telephone calls.
He rides along engrossed in mobile-phone conversations.