|Risks of Cycling|
Dulwich Hill Bicycle Club requires you to read the following and understand the potential risks with group cycling.
Risk of Personal Injury
Every year a number of cyclists are killed on Australian roads. Deaths and injuries in road and track cycling although not common do occur. A common group activity is bunch cycling and there are risks involved with this. Riders in the bunch including yourself can make mistakes and cause riders to fall. Road conditions such as potholes, debris, oil or water can cause riders to fall. When a rider falls in a bunch often others fall with them and this will often result in injuries. Cars are a constant danger to cyclists and we have to share the road with them. Although a bunch of cyclists standout on the road, cars have been known to create collisions.
When you ride with us you are agreeing to accept this risk.
To minimize this risk we ask you to tell us before you join our bunch if you are not an experienced bunch cyclist. We can offer you coaching and advice on which groups you should ride with.
Membership to Dulwich Hill Bicycle Club includes personal insurance to provide an income if you are injured and money for medical expenses or a benefit due to death. We require our all riders to join Dulwich Hill Bicycle Club. Our aim is to have every rider in our groups covered by a Dulwich Hill Bicycle Club membership. If you are trying us out we require you to join by your 3rd ride with us.
Training and bunch cycling is an exciting activity however the group dynamics can often take a rider beyond their normal physical output into a zone which could be dangerous to their health. We suggest before you start riding and training you consult with your medical health professional and make sure this activity is safe for you.
Insect stings can occur to riders, especially from bees that get into riders helmets.
If you have any medical information which the leaders of our rides need to know please include this on our Rider Registration form.
Risk to your Bicycle
As stated above crashes, falls and accidents happen in cycling bunches. Dulwich Hill Bicycle Club will not pay or offer any money to repair or replace equipment damaged while involved in any of our training or racing activities. We will not assist a rider who seeks to be compensated for damage to equipment that they believe is the fault of another person involved in any Dulwich Hill Bicycle Club event.
You do not need to nor do we suggest you use expensive equipment for training. The old rule in cycling is to keep your top quality equipment for race day and train on equipment you can afford to lose.