Become a ride leader

Becoming a ride leader

Ride leaders are the heart and soul of our rides program. Our 280+ ride leaders keep the Free Group Rides calendar filled throughout the year, and you are invited to join the ranks. If you have an idea for a new ride, are interested in helping others ride or don't see your favorite ride listed, consider joining our leaders' team.

Ride leader certification

Cascade members who want to be new ride leaders must attend a "ride leader certification" class, held at the office at throughout the year. Check the Cascade Free Group Rides calendar for the next scheduled training. Questions? Email ride leader certification coordinator.

As a ride leader candidate you will be required to :

  • Attend a Ride Leader Certification class. Complete the registration form.
  • Be a Cascade Bicycle Club member in good standing
  • Have cycled a minimum of five Cascade Free Group Rides (not major rides such as STP, Chilly Hilly, CTS or Policy Rides)
  • Complete two mentored rides

To complete your mentored rides you will be required to:

  • Be familiar with the ride leader candidate evaluation form and understand what is expected
  • Contact ride leader mentor and request to co-lead ahead of time to confirm that the ride is suitable for co-lead credit
  • Discuss the ride details with ride leader mentor
  • Know the ride route. Pre-riding is recommended or drive an unfamiliar route
  • Arrive 20 minutes or more before the ride. 
  • Bring and give the evaluation form to mentor before the ride
  • Carry pen/pencil, incident form and witness form
  • Be prepared with necessities to change own flat
  • Circulate waiver, check legibility, count riders
  • Check helmets and assist in adjusting if necessary
  • Give ride introduction/safety briefing, using Ride SMART card
  • Lead at least a quarter of the ride effectively
  • Sweep at least a quarter of the ride effectively
  • Exhibit safe riding skills and follow the rules of the road
  • Keep the advertised pace
  • Interact with the riders in a friendly and professional manner
  • Reflect positively on Cascade Bicycle Club
  • Be prepared to handle any incidents/accidents safely

After reviewing the information from all sources the Ride Leader candidate will be informed of certification or provided with recommendations for further training

Rides awards and incentives

Ride leaders are recognized for their essential services at the annual volunteer recognition party, and by awards and incentives that vary from year to year. The current first award is a "ride leader" jersey. Ride leaders can pick up the jerseys after they have led six rides and promise to lead six more over the next year. Only two rides per month count toward the award tally. In addition to the awards, there is an incentives program (details available elsewhere to leaders) to encourage listing of rides. Ride leaders also meet quarterly for an all-expenses-paid dinner.