If you hear these commands make sure that you communicate them within the Group It doesn’t need everyone shouting at once, but if your colleagues aren’t vocal, then be so!
“Car front” or “Car back”
A general awareness warning of a car trying to pass or one coming around a corner. A car coming towards you is usually car front & a car approaching from the rear which might try to overtake the group is car behind.
When passing through a junction, look both ways and shout clear so that riders don’t need to unnecessarily brake. All riders still should check both ways as they pass through the junction.
If you hear this shouted it usually means there is a bad junction or, narrow road, or potential hazards and to pay attention yourself. It’s often very easy to rely on the ride leaders to warn you of pending problems in the road.
This is especially important if you are in a large group and it will take a while to get around the hazard.
When you hear this, you must listen and act accordingly. Normally called when very busy with traffic or a potential hazard so look up, look to the rider infront, to your sides and behind you. Ideally, if you’re on the outside then you should look to go behind the rider to your left. Only ever move forward and try to come inside if the rider on your left has either made space for you or told you to do so. Otherwise, slow up and look to go behind.
If you’re on the inside try to cover the rider outside of you on the right. They should be aiming to go behind you, so if you do allow them to go in front, make sure that you’ve given them space, not braked suddenly causing the rider behind to brake suddenly too and if anything tell the rider to your right that its clear to come in.
Simple enough – it may be a bad junction or a need to stop the Group for whatever reason.
“On your left”
This means that there is an obstacle on the left and the group will move to the tight to avoid it e.g. a single parked car, walkers or obstacles.
This is a very unique command and will normally be a hand signal pointing to the hole.