7.1. Moving groups of riders
If you need to move a group of riders, you should ideally get them to ride on the road. Moving groups by riding gives you more location options for training. It also frees up training time, and helps your riders to feel more engaged as they gain more skills.
Manage riders’ expectations:
- Explain to your riders how group riding works and that you will be giving directions and encouragement from the back.
- Let them know where you plan to go, how long you’ll be out and that they’ll be stopping at various locations to learn.
- Tell them that you expect them to check behind to see where you are occasionally. This will develop their skills and encourage communication.
- Give riders the opportunity to practise in an off-road setting.
There are two main ways of moving groups of riders: snaking and shepherding.