This week:
  1. Tip of the Week: Incidents on Group Rides
  2. Pace Lines
  3. June Special Ride – Cambridge Tour de Grand

Tip of the Week: Incidents on Group Rides
I was hoping not to have to post this tip of the week for a little while yet but, given the events of this past week, I think now is as good a time as any.
I can't stress this enough and  
anyone who has spoken to me knows that I have 
said this many times previously - what we are doing out there is inherently dangerous.  Even travelling at some of the "slower" speeds, injuries can happen if something goes wrong out there.
The tips that follow come from the 2014 OCC Ride Leader Handbook.  If something happens on a group ride, it is important to:
  • Stay Calm
  • Try to identify the mechanism of injury (road hazard, collision, mechanical failure, exhaustion, etc.) and then act to minimize danger of further injury.
  • Ensure that traffic is stopped or redirected to prevent further injury.
  • Don't move the injured person. Consider the possibility of a cerebrospinal injury. Ask the injured person for his or her permission to help. Do not provide help if the injured person refuses your offer - remain nearby and offer again after a minute or two; he/she will likely consent if the injuries are severe. Note that if the injured person is or becomes unconscious this permission is deemed to have been given.
  • Sending for help is often a judgment call. Is there profuse blood loss? Are they in obvious pain? Did they lose consciousness, even briefly? Are they having trouble breathing? If in doubt call 911. 
  • Administer first aid to the extent of your ability.
  • Even if the injured person pops up off the road and insists there is nothing wrong, look for signs of confusion and disorientation. They may have sustained a head injury
  • While waiting for help to arrive get the injured person's personal information (name, address, emergency contact, telephone) and medical history (allergies, medic alert, recent illnesses & operations) and write it down. Make sure a copy of this information finds its way onto the ambulance. 
  • Comfort the injured person. -When you get home notify the Recreational Ride Chair or President with details of the incident and the injured person's name(s).
  • There is paperwork that will need to be filled in and submitted to the Ontario Cycling Association.  The president will provide the form to any witnesses.  It is important to get this document filled in and sent back to the club in a timely fashion.

None of us want to be in this situation, but things can on occasion go wrong very quickly out there.  Even when everybody is riding safely and doing everything right, unavoidable things can and do happen.

Pace Lines
Over the coming weeks, we’re going to be trying something new in some of our groups – pace lines on some of our Sunday rides.
Now, we’re not talking a Giro D’Italia or Tour de France caliber pace line here.  Don’t worry about that.  
There are some really great resources on the OCC web page that explain how to do single file and rotating pace lines.  On some of the quieter Sunday roads, we’re going to start experimenting with a pace line.  This does not mean that we are going to be pushing the speed faster than what’s advertised for the group.
Please visit the following link to familiarize yourself with the concept:
That said, if you’re still not comfortable participating in the rotating pace line, you are more than welcome to hang off the back at a safe distance.  
We’re still working out which in which groups we will be trying the pace line and on which roads.  It’s not something we should be doing on some of our busier roads – Derry, Britannia, Appleby, etc.

June Special Ride – Cambridge Tour de Grand
Quick reminder that the June special ride happens on June 8th for the Cabridge Tour de Grand.
Cost is $20 if you sign up by June 2nd.  You can sign up here:
Again, there are no real set groups and ride leaders for the event.  It’s more of an event where OCC members find each other and ride as a group.
I’ll be doing the 100 km route again this year and hope to finish with around a 28 kph average speed for the day.  If you think this is something you can do, then find me on the day of and join my group.  Otherwise, ask around your various Tuesday/Thursday/Sunday groups and see if anyone else is interested in doing a distance/speed that you’d like to do.

That’s it for this week.