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How to be a ride leader

Ride leaders are the heart and soul of our club and our best advocates for safety. Our volunteer ride leaders keep our 35+ rides going all year long. If you are interested in becoming a Ride / Group Leader, please express interest to the Director of Weekly Rides

What are the requirements to become a ride leader?

  • Be a Hightailers member in good standing.
  • Have cycled a minimum of 10 MHBC group rides.
  • Attend the Smart Cycling classes (indoor and outdoor classes) and/or additional club provided training.
  • Attend semi annual club ride leader meetings.
  • Complete two mentored rides. Mentored rides are coordinated through the MHBC Weekly Ride Coordinator. Mentored rides will cover pre-ride responsibilities, effective ways to lead a ride, effective ways to sweep a ride, effective ways to manage a large ride with several assistants. Also covered will be expectations for safety briefings before the ride, how to handle a rider not riding safely, how to handle an accident or incident and what to do after a ride. Tools for group rides will be covered. These tools are Dog Attack or Automobile Incident Form, Insurance forms, weekly ride feedback form and our rules of the road card.

Ride leader incentives

  • Unique MHBC Ride Leader Jersey will be presented after all requirements are met.
  • Group leaders will get discounted rates for the Charles Finney Ride and the Red, White and Blue Ride.  The St Patrick’s Day Ride, Tour de La Grange Ride and the Wolf River Cafe Ride will be free. There will not be a discount for the Bluff City Blues (BCB) Ride.

The Director of Weekly Rides, in consultation with the Board and the Ride Coordinators, will make the final determination as to the need for additional Ride Leaders.   On a quarterly basis, the Director of Weekly Rides is responsible for reviewing the ride leader participation & support of the weekly rides. The Director of Weekly Rides will provide an annual status report to the Board for review and discussion, including recommendations for changes to the list.