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The Drop-Off System



Introduction: The idea behind this system of group riding is to provide a series of movable markers for all the riders in the group to follow, irrespective of any gaps which have occurred in the ride. As people ride at different speeds, ride different powered machines, get stopped at road junctions, traffic lights or can even break down, the ride can often get ‘strung out’ over a long distance.  


The Drop-Off System allows each rider to go at their own pace while still remaining as part of the riding group. Sometimes the ride can get 'strung out' and people may become anxious if they do not see their fellow riders. If this happens, the Ride Leader may decide to stop in a safe place, to allow the group to re-form before continuing.


How the System Works: The group will have a designated 'Lead Rider' and a 'Back Rider'. The positions of these two riders will not change throughout the run. They will be identified to the group at a briefing before the ride starts (usually they will be wearing a different coloured hi-viz tabard) and the group must always remain between these two people although the other riders can change their positions during the run if they wish.


The Lead Rider: When the ‘Lead Rider’ makes a direction change at a junction or roundabout, the new direction of travel should be marked by the rider directly behind the Lead Rider. To do this, the Lead Rider will point to the side of the road where the rider behind (who becomes the ‘Marker’) is required to stop and indicate to the following riders which direction to take. The ‘Marker’ must make sure the position they stop at is safe and that the approaching riders can see them and know which direction they should take.

 

The Marker: Should maintain that position until he/she can rejoin the rear of the section directly in front of the approaching Back Rider. The Back Rider will always try to give sufficient space for this to happen otherwise the Marker should allow the Back Rider to pass, then overtake when a suitable opportunity presents it self, thus re-establishing the correct running order.


Sometimes the Marker can park up safely a short distance away and return to the direction change on foot to direct followers.


The ‘Marker’ must NEVER leave their position until they are relieved by the Back Rider. Even if there is a long delay between seeing other riders the Marker must remain in their position.


The Back Rider: Will be on the lookout for any rider dropping out and act accordingly, either waiting with the stationary rider if the problem is temporary, or making note of the stationary rider’s details, or reporting this to the Run Leader if the rider is leaving the run permanently.


Note: Should any rider wish to fall out / leave the group or who has a breakdown should report to the Back Rider who will note the situation and act accordingly. Provided the rider stays on the route, the Back Rider will assist if there are any problems and no rider will be left stranded.


Disclaimer:

You are in charge of your motorcycle at all times and responsible for your own safety. The BTSC Ltd or its members cannot accept any responsibility for actions you take or any incident that might occur. Always ride for yourself and within your own capabilities.


Riding Etiquette