Organizing a Group Ride
Organizing a group ride takes careful planning and leadership.
- Riders must adjust their speed and the distance between machines to accommodate the lowest level of riding experience, physical ability, and machine performance.
- Less experienced riders, or those with less reliable machines, should never ride last.
- The least experienced riders should ride immediately behind the leader.
- Make sure novice riders have adequate training.
- Allow time for all riders to discuss the trip and become familiar with the route.
- Factor in time for rest stops and unplanned delays.
- Plan for breakdowns, dangerous trail conditions, bad weather, and injuries.
Group Ride Spacing
- Proper spacing is determined by speed, reaction time, distance, and the need to maintain visual contact.
- As a rule of thumb, calculate spacing distances using a reaction time of two seconds. As the snowmobile in front of you passes an object, count one-thousand-one, one-thousand-two. If you pass that same object in less than three seconds, you should allow more space.