Central Oregon Wheelers

Ride Leader Overview

Ride leaders are the heart and soul of the Club. Riding is what we do and rides are the most visible feature of our club.  Becoming a ride leader is easy and rewarding.  

Ride Leaders are responsible for planning their ride, submitting their ride on the website, and managing their ride. There is no requirement for the number of rides you lead or the type of ride you lead. All the club asks is that you are a current club member, that your ride follows all club rules and policies regarding a ride, and that you ensure the ride follows all laws and is safe. 

What Does A Ride Leader Do?

    • Arrive 15 minutes or more before the ride
    • Circulate waiver, check eligibility and count riders
    • Check helmets
    • Give ride introduction/safety briefing
    • Be familiar with the route
    • Lead by example: 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
    • Make sure everyone makes it back to the ride start (no dropped riders unless advertised)
    • Carry pen/pencil
    • Be prepared to handle any incidents/accidents safely
    • Reflect positively on the Club

Next Steps

Everything you need to get started is on our Guidelines for Ride Leaders page. You'll be asked to submit a ride and will be given some good pointers preparing for your ride.

Ride Leader Certification

The Club is working towards the establishment of a Certified Ride Leader Program. The program will recognize those Ride Leaders who have dedicated their time providing high-quality rides during a calendar year. Each Ride Leader who is certified will be given a special Ride Leader Jersey that he or she can wear every time they lead a ride.


Special Incentive

Ride leaders will receive a new Central Oregon Velo jersey after leading 5 COW rides! Until they are gone. Due to the generosity of Glen Bates, we have a about 30 new jerseys ranging in size from 2 through 8 (European sizing) for men and women. Color is blue and yellow, full zipper, highly breathable. They are not Central Oregon Wheeler jerseys, they don't exist yet, but hey they are nice. 



Central Oregon Wheelers is a 501(c)7 non-profit organization. PO Box 542, Bend OR, 97709

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