As opposed to the Club Organised Social Rides, these rides are to provide a social riding outlet to all associate members of EKAM, Observers and selected experienced ride leaders. The objective is to give the associate exposure to the drop off system used in the main club rides, as well as an opportunity to meet other associates in a relaxed ride and a chance for a chat and beverage afterwards. The ride is run by either an EKAM observer or an experienced club member, well versed in the clubs ride protocols. The ride will always have at least one observer present to help answer questions on ride etiquette, the system and can also provide feedback on your ride should it be requested.

The Law

Traffic laws must be obeyed at all times when riding on the Public Highway.  At no time when participating in a Group Organised Ride will any person riding in the group be expected or required to act illegally.  If there is a conflict between this Guide and the Law, the latter must take precedence.

Eligibility

The following may take part in a Group Organised Associates Social Ride:

  • National and Local Observers & Trainee Observers (who must be fully paid-up IAM and Group members),
  • Experienced Ride Leaders (fully paid-up members of both the IAM and Group),
  • Associates who are fully paid up EKAM members whether they have been out with an observer or not.

Please note that non-members are not permitted on club organised social rides.

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Meeting Point

The majority of group rides will start in Ashford, near the Sainsbury's petrol station just off Simone Weil Avenue.  Attendees should be ready to ride, with a full tank and an empty bladder, by 9:15 a.m. for the pre-ride briefing and departure at 9:30.

During the winter months of November to February these times are modified, with assembly at 10:45 a.m. for an 11:00 a.m. departure.

Pre-Ride Briefing

This is intended to be a fun social outing.  Associates are welcome, but this rideout is not part of the EKAM Observing program. Please remember that your safety is your own responsibility, you should ride at your own pace and within your own abilities. You should comply with the law at all times.

RIDE FOR YOURSELF

The format of the rideout will vary depending on the number of bikes taking part, the intended route and the ability of those present.  We may use the drop off system, the buddy system or divide into smaller groups. If you are unsure of the system to be used, or the route, please speak to the ride leader.

Cancellation

Especially during the winter months (November to February) the ride will only take place if the weather conditions permit a safe and enjoyable ride. This will be at the ride leader's discretion, but if the following conditions are forecast for late morning on the day of the ride, then expect the ride to be cancelled: -

  • Temperatures of 3°C or below
  • Snow fall
  • Heavy/Torrential Rain
  • Dangerously gusting/strong Winds
  • Met Office Advice to stay off the roads

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