for a successful ride
Drivers close the gap before traffic lights/crossings etc
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|Driving and turning off in a queue|
Knowledge about the security, driveability and course of the tour are the basis for an accident-free ride and a great IFMR experience. Every participant has to know the advertised route (maps on board are still essential) he must be able to reach the respective destinations even if he loses the group.
Navigation systems are helpful, but the leader gives the way and sets the pace, everybody follows, even if the GPS shows a different route. Starting a tour means: full tank and voided bladder. The length of the sections is determined by the bike with the smallest range. Refueling stops are binding for everybody except for those who are absolutely sure of reaching the next stop. Every 90 minutes a break should be scheduled.
The performance of the tour should meet good IFMR- driving and safety practice. The group leader is the head; he is responsible for structure and sequence during the ride and starts the tour with a briefing about all essential details and driveability. He wears a green high visibility vest, the group follows in the so called zig zag system with sufficient distance to the bikes in front (riding in off centre mode, see animation above). At crossings, traffic lights, narrow streets especially in built-up areas the drivers close the gap. Last position in the group (tail-end Charlie) should be manned with an experienced biker wearing a red vest. He should be able to help in various situations and holds his position at all times. A possibility of communication (mobile phone connected) between leader and tail end is preferable. Normally there is no need for overtaking, it should only happen in exceptional circumstances (e.g. informing the leader about stopping the group).
A proper discipline guarantees cohesion and collaborative arrival at the planned destination without losing a group member. Coming to a junction/turning, the leader places the second in the group to a position where he is able to guide the following group in the new direction. This driver must be seen by all the following bikers; he waves his hand and indicates to guarantee that the group takes the scheduled way. He must wait until the last bike of the group (tail-end Charlie) arrives, no matter how long it takes. Before Charlie he merges back into the group (see animation above).
Have a good trip, enjoyable cruises for all IFMR-members and their guests, keep the rubber down and come back safe!