MCCG Ride Captain Responsibilities

​Ride Captain Responsibilities referenced from  EAST SIDE RIDERS procedures 2015.

As Ride Captain (RC), you are the leader of a Group Ride. The Primary objective of an RC is to ensure that all riders have fun and a good experience on the ride. Ensuring safety is an important part of a RC's responsibilities. All RC's are responsible to provide direction to the group to follow ESR/MCCG established protocol.


  • ​Arrive 10-15 minutes before the start of the ride.
  • Clearly delineate your group and ride in the parking lot.
  • Announce that you are the RC of the ride. Suggest or state the route and distance.  You make final determination.
  • Make sure cyclists are ready - this covers membership, helmets, lights, repair kits, fluids, nourishment and even clothing.  
  • Assess the abilities of the riders who will be doing the ride.  Familiarize yourself with the skill level and experience of riders you do not know.
  • Count the number of people on the ride.
  • ​Carry a cell phone.
  • Know potential weather conditions.
  • Know sunset time on evening rides and set route and distance accordingly. 

During the Ride

  • Leave on time.
  • Be aware of ride parameters such as pace, breaks, sprint zones etc.
  • Be Familiar with ESR/MCCG protocol. All riders must carry OCA coverage.  Ask to see it if you have any doubts. All riders must wear a helmet. All riders must have lights in accordance to Ontario laws.
  • Ensure that all rules of the road are followed.
  • Set the pace. Assess the overall makeup of the group and determine what speeds will work inthe given conditions with the riders making up the ride.  It is OK to exceed the parameters of the group if all riders will still have a good ride. It is also OK to have a ride that falls short of the parameters depending on composition of the group and conditions at the time.
  • Be vigilant to riders who are struggling and make adjustments to the group accordingly. This may include:
  1.     Direction to slow or speed up.
  2.     Rearrange the location of riders in the group to have stronger riders on the windward side.
  3.     Ensure riders rotate.
  4.     Suggest that stronger riders who are looking for their workout do sprints off the back rather than               push their agenda on the group.
  • ​Communicate and encourage communication with members:
  1. ​    Other riders should tell you if they see another rider struggling.
  2.     Those in front should communicate hazards and the message should get passed to the back.
  3.     Change in direction and speed should be communicated to all members of the group.
  4.     Tag team with other RC's or sprint to the front if necessary.

Post Ride

  • ​Connect with riders, especially new riders for feedback on the ride.
  • Ride Report:
  1. ​    Note riders who struggled with the ride.
  2.     Note riders who are ready for a faster ride.
  3.     Note any riders who challenge the RC's leadership.
  4.     List any dangerous or inappropriate actions of riders.
  5.    Submit incidence reports to MCCG executives if there were injuries, incidences, crashes, motorist                confrontations, police confrontations or anything out of the ordinary.
  6.    Record any license plate of motorist confrontation.