This month’s clip is a simultaneous reminder of best practice in group riding situations and the constant need for disciplined, controlled, planned and thoughtful riding to the system.
This quite spectacular (but of course, not in a good way) accident occurred as a result of the yellow Gixer seeking to pull a wheelie (the ill-advised nature of which on legal, safety and other grounds is self-explanatory to any thinking rider and speaks for itself), at the same time as the Quad changes lane without warning.
Perhaps surprisingly the Police seem to be making way for this group ride (particularly at the very start of the footage at one second, plus at various points along the route when they are blocking traffic joining the road).
The two learning points here – group riding and disciplined, controlled, planned and thoughtful riding fall into two distinct areas. The latter is a foregone conclusion for any advanced rider (or indeed any thinking rider whether or not they possess a green badge). Wheelies, donuts, aggressive riding and flouting the rules of the road are so obviously at odds with advanced (not to mention safe) riding that no comment is necessary, so instead let’s turn our attention to what this accident reminds us about group riding.
Intelligent use of group riding concepts, coupled with the obvious restraint that comes with riding legally, intelligently and safely, mean that you are much less likely to find yourself in a situation even remotely resembling that in the video.
Eddie Wright regularly runs an excellent group riding training course which is highly recommended for newly qualified members. Further details can be found at https://www.l-a-m.org/pages/group-riding-training
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