If you cycle with one of the DCC groups, it is assumed that you agree with this Groups Charter.

  • Captain (Vice-Captain in absence) calls routes.
  • Routes will be posted be on Facebook in advance.
  • During severe weather conditions (eg; ice) the planned route may be amended for safety reasons
  • All must adhere to Captain’s instruction during spin
  • Regroup after climbs
  • Puncture procedure: The group continues to ride on and TURNS back together as a group on instruction from the Road Captain / vice-captain. Some riders may opt to STOP with the rider to assist with the repair. Any rider under pressure within the group is STRONGLY encouraged to STOP to have a breather.
  • Cyclists having difficulty with group pace should consider (a) staying with the group for part of the spin or (b) cycle with a slower group
  • All members of the group will obey the rules of the road. SPECIFICALLY, no cycling through a red light. Cyclists MUST stop at a pedestrian crossing if necessary.
  • In the event of not enough members turning up on a morning (maybe less than 4) groups may change from the planned route and join with other groups for part of their spin.
  • Every member of the group will have a say in calling a route. Road captain will consult.
  • Half-wheeling not allowed. Why? (Review notes in accordion at the bottom of the screen)
  • Crossing wheels not allowed.
  • All groups represent Dungarvan Cycling Club whenever they are out and about. Members should leave a positive image of the club wherever they go.
  • For the safety of everyone in the group, bikes should be in good working order.
  • Details to be reviewed by captain/vice-captain (s) and the committee on a yearly basis, after AGM or as necessary.
  • Cyclists from other clubs who have membership and insurance are most welcome to cycle with DCC. Note: any rider from another club who chooses to cycle regularly with DCC is expected to become an Associate  Member. Contact any committee member, group captain or the Membership Officer to arrange.
  • Other than above, a cyclist MUST be a member of Dungarvan Cycling Club, save in the two exceptions below:
  1. Intending club members may cycle for three spins and at that point, they are requested to join DCC if they wish to continue.
  2. Existing club membership runs on a calendar year basis. It is reasonably requested that when renewing membership it must be completed before the last day of January.

We have details of each group HERE. Information in relation to groups may change from time to time.

What is half-wheeling?
  • Half-wheeling is the jargon used in a cycling group when one cyclist who is supposed to be cycling BESIDE other cycles about a foot or two ahead, especially when both are at the FRONT of the group.
Why is half-wheeling not liked?
  • Half-wheeling makes the cyclist who is slightly behind think that he/she should catch up. Then the half-wheeler pushes on a little bit ahead again. This disrupts the RHYTHM and the pace of the group.
Who suffers most because someone is half-wheeling?
  • When a person starts half-wheeling, it is the cyclist in the group who is most tired that suffers most.
What will happen if you are a half-wheeler?
  • No-one will like you, except maybe your mammy. No-one in the group likes a half-wheeler.
What will happen if you half-wheel a cyclist beside you?
  • Someone from behind will SHOUT at you to stop half-wheeling.
Why do half-wheelers do it?
  • Sometimes it’s unconscious and not deliberate. However, if you are a repeat offender, it’s likely that you just want to prove that you are better / stronger / fitter. But you will not be liked!
Where did the term “half-wheeling” originate?
  • Nobody really cares, but it’s likely connected to the distance of HALF your bike wheel, from centre to edge. (i.e about 2 feet,)
Advice from the experts: If you are behind a half-wheeler in a group, make a deliberate decision with the cyclist beside you not to keep going faster. Let a gap open, and the half-wheeler usually notice after a while. (Some might be a bit slow)