As a non-competitive, recreational club we have no formal program of rider development. However, we don't want to discourage young riders from joining the club and enjoying everything that the club has to offer. Effective immediately, the following rules will apply to riders under the age of 18:
Between the ages of 16 and 18 years old, there is no change and the youth is free to ride with whichever group they are most comfortable.
For riders under the age of 16, the following applies:
- The youth must be accompanied in the group ride by a parent or designated guardian over the age of 18. Ie. if the youth rides in group 2, the parent or guardian must also ride in group 2.
- If a parent cannot ride with a youth in a particular group on a particular day, but have a guardian (over the age of 18) designated for that day's ride, the parent must send a note to the club executive and the G1 to G4 ride coordinator in advance indicating the person's name who is the designated guardian.
- If neither a parent nor designated guardian can ride with the youth in a particular group on a particular day, then the youth cannot ride with the group on that day.
We understand that there may be some circumstances where parents or guardians cannot ride but the youth can. Unfortunately it's come to the point that, in our increasingly litigious society, the club needs to implement policies like these in order to protect the club and the various ride leaders.