DOC Gang Etiquette rules
By Mark Segers
As representing the DOC MTB family should be something that we are all exceptionally proud of doing, we have decided to have our own set of DOC Etiquette rules.
This Family was founded by people who care about the sport and strays that we met on our journey. In 2012, 5 overweight guys and 1 skinny oke, all who were exceptionally unfit, started exploring the dusty tracks that we ride today.
DOC’s original name was Dilapidated old Cronies. We used to have lots of fun back in the day and it’s time to bring the joy of MTBing back to the group.
Our Motto was that: We Leave Nobody Behind and that’s how we have run this family for the past 9 years.
So here goes:
1) If you are in possession of DOC cycling jersey and you’re riding with the group, then be proud to wear it. If you have become a lean cycling machine aka race snake, and your cycling jersey is now too big, then it’s time for a new one. Letour will be happy to get the correct size/cut to show off the new-found six-pack. BE PROUD TO WEAR YOUR DOC KIT!
2) Be courteous at all times, to all other riders, as well as roadies 😊. Let’s abide by the rules of the road as this will save lives.
3) If you are riding with a group and have time constraints, please do not enforce this on everyone else. Advise the ride captain of your intention to cut short, let him know when you leave the group to make your own way home. Also, pop a message on the Telegram group to advise that you are home safe and sound.
4) If someone has a technical problem and you have the tools and the ability to help, then please do so as others can learn from you. The quicker the technical is fixed, the quicker you can resume your ride.
5) Please make sure that your bike is serviced on a regular basis and wheels are slimed every 3 months.
6) If you have just come back from holiday and have gathered a few extra kgs, or been off the bike for a while, please don’t ride in the group you were previously riding in. Rather drop back a group and get your strength and fitness back.
7) If our rides/times do not suit your training program and you are willing to take a group, then please discuss this with us as there may be others who will want to join you. It is difficult to cater for all training needs & time slots/family commitments, but let’s try and work together on this.
8) Do not attempt to ride if you are sick or recently recovering from flu, especially Covid (ensure to get the all clear to ride from your Doctor).
The DOC family has grown over the years and it’s not easy to cater for everyone, but as one of the biggest MTB groups in SA, we have done something right.
DOC MOTTO: WE LEAVE NOBODY BEHIND