Todayís talk is entitled Counting as a Group. In Group Riding, we use several numbers for counting that are important to remember because they are key to our group riding techniques and overall safety when riding as a group. These numbers are:
1 One second is the number of seconds of gap to allow behind the offset rider ahead of you when in stagger formation.
2 Two seconds is the number of seconds of gap to allow behind the rider directly in front of you when in stagger formation or when in extended single file formation.
1 Priority One is the priority we all have to get the group out of traffic when we reach a destination weíre stopping at.
2 Priority Two is getting parked.
3 Priority Three is dismounting. (Get parked first.)
3 Three feet is the distance you should pull ahead from a parked position to let the road captains know youíre ready to go.
5 Five miles per hour is the number of miles per hour below the speed limit that the lead road captain should maintain when accelerating the group up to speed from a stop until the group reforms after leaving a stop.
5 The lead road captain initiates a passing maneuver when the traffic being passed impedes the groupís travel by 5 miles per hour or more.
So how do we count when group riding?
1 2 1,2,3 3 5 5
And thatís enough counting for today.