ATAC – Ammanford Triathlon and Cycling
The club will be called ATAC and will be affiliated to Triathlon Wales.
2. Aims and objectives
The aims and objectives of the club will be:
- To offer coaching, training and competitive multisport opportunities in triathlon.
- To promote the club within the wider local community and the sport of triathlon.
- To ensure a duty of care to all members of the club.
- To provide all its services in a way that is fair and inclusive to all club members.
- To ensure that all present and future members receive fair and equal treatment.
Membership should consist of officers and members of the club.
All members will be subject to the regulations of the constitution and by joining the club will be deemed to accept these regulations and codes of conduct that the club has adopted.
Members will be enrolled in one of the following categories:
Club Code Of Conduct
ATAC – Ammanford Triathlon and Cycling
Last Updated: 18 March 2018
This code of Conduct complements the Codes of Practice and stated welfare policies of Welsh Triathlon and has been written to reflect the particular character of ATAC Club. These rules may be amended from time to time at the discretion of the Management Committee. All changes will be publicised to members.
Disregard or breaches of these rules reported to the Committee, may result in the offending member being suspended or expelled from the club. Therefore, members are requested to communicate such breaches of conduct to the Committee, where misconduct could, in the first instance, be dealt with quickly and informally. Serious, or repeated breaches of conduct would require a formal disciplinary process.
ATAC Club is your club and we’d like you to make the most of what we offer, but not at the expense of others.
Expected Standards of General Conduct
1. Compete within the rules and show courtesy and respect for officials and their decisions.
2. Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person, be they adult or child, treating everyone equally within the context of the sport, regardless of ability, gender, religion, age or sexual orientation.
3. Respect the spirit of the sport, by providing encouragement and support to other club members and by volunteering at club events and races.
4. Promote the positive aspects of the sport and never display or condone the use of inappropriate or abusive language, inappropriate relationships, bullying, harassment, discrimination or physical violence, or conduct that may be construed as unethical.
5. Accept responsibility for their own behaviour and encourage all members and parents of junior members, to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and conduct.
6. nsure all concerns of a child safeguarding nature are referred to an appropriate authority in accordance with “WT/BTF Safeguarding and Protecting Children Policy”. The first official in this case being ATAC Club Welfare Officer.
7. Conduct themselves in a manner that takes all reasonable measures to protect their own safety and the safety of others. (see the website page for club training session rules)
8. Promote the good reputation of the club and never behave or condone others to behave in a manner that is liable to bring the club or the sport into disrepute.
9. Adhere to the guidelines and etiquette provided by the club
On-line Code of Conduct
Any communications made by members through ATAC Club social media should not:
1. Bring the sport, club or its members into disrepute, for example, by:
- making defamatory comments about individuals, the club, or other organisations.
- posting images that are inappropriate or links to inappropriate content;
- be seen to support (for example by ‘liking’ on Facebook or retweeting on Twitter) a comment or post that would fall into any of the above categories (retweeting a comment may be intended only to make people aware of it, but this is often construed as showing support for the statement retweeted. So, don’t retweet any comment which you wouldn’t own as yours)
2. Breach confidentiality, for example by:
- giving away information about an individual (such as an athlete, club member or fellow volunteer) or organisation that is confidential
- revealing information held by a club, individual or organisation in the sport where there would be reasonable expectation of confidentiality.
3. Do anything that could be considered discriminatory against, or bullying or harassment of, any individual, for example by:
- making offensive or derogatory comments relating to gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or age;
- posting images that are discriminatory or offensive.
4. No comment should ever be made about an individual or subject that:
- exposes someone to hatred, ridicule or contempt
- causes them to be shunned or avoided
- disparages them in their office, profession or trade.
5. Make misrepresentations relating to ATAC Club.
Social media can be used in a positive way, for example, to make people aware of events, activities or work that you are involved in within the sport and to make positive statements about the successes and activities of athletes, coaches, clubs, volunteers and officials.
Social Media may be used to raise awareness of work done by organisations you are involved in, or to answer queries people may have about the availability of support, information or services.
Social media provides an avenue for quick updates on training, events and developments within the club.
ATAC – Ammanford Triathlon and Cycling
When joining our Club Rides please use common sense and obey the rules of the road, notably the Highway Code. You are responsible for your own safety – the ATAC Club and designated ride navigators shall not be responsible for you.
Please also note that the ATAC Club or designated navigators shall not be responsible for the condition and safety of your bike.
Please read our guide on etiquette to make the rides enjoyable and safe for everyone!
Emergency contact information
At the start for every ride you will be asked to sign in so that we have your emergency contact information. Additionally please either download an ICE app or add ICE to your phone contact list and make it available even if your phone is security locked OR – put your emergency contact information in your saddle bag.
Rules of the road
- Traffic lights – Red, amber and red/amber all mean stop
- Stop signs at junctions – Don’t have a quick glance then sprint across, this endangers riders and drivers and the chances are the rest of the group will have to stop and you will only end up waiting for them.
Group structure and size
- No more than two abreast and single file on busy on narrow roads
- Usually ride in pairs in line with the pair in front but single out when necessary
- To maintain safety please do not spread across the road as this can cause issues for both cyclists and motorists trying to overtake
- If the group size is too large, e.g. 12 plus riders, we may have to split into smaller groups – this should be decided between the navigators – each navigator could take a group.
Communicating during the ride
Good communication throughout the group is essential, learn the shouts and use them loud and clear and pass them on through the group:-
- “Car back” car approaching from the rear, “car front” car approaching from the front. These are warnings not instructions to single out.
- “Car on the left” obstacle on the left e.g. parked car, pedestrian, overtaking another cyclist who is outside of the group etc. (call accompanied by placing the left arm behind the back pointing away from the obstacle)
- “Hole” warning of a hole in the road, the call is accompanied by pointing to the obstacle, this shout can be adjusted to suit other obstacles such as branches, horse droppings, bricks
- “Easy” slow down and pay attention, this could be for a hazard, the group breaking up etc., the call is accompanied by a hand movement, arm outstretched, palm down – moving your hand up and down.
- “Stopping” which is self-explanatory – provide plenty of notice to avoid sudden braking and bunching up. Use the same hand signal as slow down.
- Changing direction let other riders know verbally and with hand signal. Individual riders should signal as well, in particular if the group splits up.
- “Clear”- When turning at a T junction, ’clear’ is an indication that the road is completely clear in both directions, BUT PLEASE CHECK yourself – it is every rider’s responsibility to ensure the road is clear for them. Remember your actions or the lack of them have an effect on your fellow cyclists: Cycling is NOT a dangerous sport but it can be dangerous if you do not behave appropriately – especially when riding in groups.
Being aware of the road
Do not rely solely on the previous communications as you are responsible for your own safety-
- Concentrate just the same as you should when driving a car and anticipate!
- Be aware of road conditions such as gravel and pot holes (we know they are hazardous!!)
- The Navigators will attempt to adjust riding to suit the group – please do your bit by staying with the group – do not cycle too slowly or fast for your group – you may wish to try another group if the pace is not right for you
- On blind bends and crests of hills, keep single file where possible, traffic may be oncoming.
Particular care must be taken at road junctions:-
- Use common sense, stop signs should be obeyed.
- Groups should remain orderly and avoid bunching at the mouth of the junction.
- For riders who have negotiated the junction, ideally check whether others have had to wait. Please then ride at a speed where they can re-join as soon as possible.
Members should have a clear and well understood method of singling out:-
- Riders on the inside should slightly adjust their pace to create gaps to allow riders on the outside to slip into the line. When it is safe to do so call “clear” so that the rider on the outside knows it is clear to pull in front of you. The group leader should call, “single out” to start the move. Once it’s safe the group leader can call “double up“.
Going to the front
In a group of similar ability riders, it seems only fair that all members of the group should take a turn at the front, particularly when the group is riding into a strong wind etc. However, in groups with less able riders, or riders experiencing problems, it is totally acceptable for them to opt out of a turn on the front and for stronger riders to work for the good of the group on the front. It is recommended that riders use the following procedure to change over at the front:-
- Clearly tell the group that there is to be a change at the front.
- The rider on the outside at the front accelerates and moves over in front of the nearside rider. The nearside rider calls “clear” when it’s safe for the outside rider to move in
- The outside riders then move up one and the last rider on the inside will move to the outside to reform into pairs. The last rider moving from the inside lets the new inside back marker know that they are now the last rider.
Pay attention on hills, when climbing:-
- Avoid bunching and riding more than 2 abreast
- When standing on the pedals maintain an even pace by pushing harder on the initial stroke (slowing has the perceived effect of moving backwards into the rider behind and can cause collisions)
- Be aware that others may not be too skilled at the above and leave space where possible.
- The right line obviously helps when descending but not at the expense of safety, the wrong side of the road on blind bends is unacceptable.
- It’s not a road race on closed roads, please use common sense and be aware of the road surfaces and oncoming traffic.
Linking ATAC as your affiliated British/Welsh Triathlon club
ATAC is affiliated as Club C2675: -
1. Join or log in to your British/Welsh Triathlon Profile here: -
2. On the "MY PROFILE" section, click on "MANAGE PROFILE" - if you are not already linked to "ATAC", you can contact Steph at Welsh Triathlon and she will get that changed for you - Steph's details are below.
Note that this does not work on mobile devices - phones/tablets
Joining TriClub Program
1. Set up or sign in to your Personal Ironman Athlete Profile, here: -
2. Assign "ATAC" as your affiliated Tri Club. You do this on the "My Athlete Profile" tab - here: -
3. Click the red "Save Changes" button at the bottom.
Linking ATAC as your affiliated CTT club
1. Join or log in to CTT here: -
2. Once you are a member, sign in. Click on Discover -> Clubs -> Find ATAC -> Click on "I am a member" green box -> Confirm that you are a club member.