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Risk Management

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Bicycle Risk Management for Coaches and Ride Leaders eArticle

Situations to Think About. What Would you Do If?

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?

   Your 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 old?

   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 merge.

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.


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