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Riding in convoy and stopping on the road to allow riders to regroup are two practices that
should be avoided when riding in a group and a well-established method exists that makes
both unnecessary. This is the leader and tail-end rider system.
The basis of the system is that the leader (usually the ride organiser) stays at the front of the
group and the tail-end rider remains at the rear as the names suggest.
Whenever there is a deviation from the obvious straight-ahead route, the rider travelling
behind the leader pulls over in a visible, safe and legal position to point all bikes in the correct
direction. This bike is called the marker and when the tail-end rider comes along the marker
re-joins the route in front of the tail-end rider. As the journey continues each rider will, in
turn, become the rider behind the leader, and therefore become a marker before re-joining in
front of the tail-end rider.
By following this basic system every rider, regardless of ability, within the group may ride their
own ride, without the need to maintain a pace they are not comfortable with and without the
risk of getting lost.
There is never a need to ride in convoy with all bikes in sight of each other.
The Group Organised Rides manual attached below contains useful additional information.