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Found this which i thought explained it well;-
THE DROP OFF SYSTEM
Understanding the system is important, as every rider needs to do their part.
Used properly it is a proven way of riding in a large group and preventing riders from getting lost.
One rider, the run leader, will stay at the front and is responsible for navigating the route. Another rider, tail end Charlie (TEC) will stay at the back in last position.
MAKE SURE YOU KNOW/CAN IDENTIFY THE TAIL END CHARLIE AND LEADER BEFORE THE RIDE COMMENCES! Note their bikes and clothing.
These are the only two riders who maintain their position in the group.
AT ANY JUNCTION WHERE THE ROUTE DOES NOT OBVIOUSLY GO STRAIGHT AHEAD, The leader will usually point where he requires a junction to be marked.
The rider immediately behind the leader MUST MUST MUST stop and mark the junction and indicate clearly the route to follow by pointing with an outstretched arm.
It is the riders responsibility to stop and mark the junction in a visible position WHICH THEY ARE CERTAIN IS A SAFE PLACE FOR THEMSELVES AND OTHER ROAD USERS!
Markers should be clearly visible to approaching riders.
THEY MUST MAINTAIN THAT POSITION UNTIL THE TEC ARRIVES, EVEN IF IT TAKES 30 MINUTES! Do NOT desert your post!
All other riders pass the marker except the TEC. The TEC will wave the marker back into the ride in front of him if safe to do so.
IF YOU ARE UNHAPPY STOPPING AND MARKING JUNCTIONS, DO NOT TAKE THE POSITION IMMEDIATELY BEHIND THE LEADER!
Slow up and wave someone past you who is happy to become next marker.
HOWEVER, IF YOU ARE INDICATED TO MARK A TURNING OR JUNCTION, YOU MUST DO SO!
If at any time you need to pull out of the rideout, pull over in a safe position and indicate to the (TEC) as they approach, tell him/her you are leaving the group, they will then inform the run leader at the soonest oppotunity.
KNOW YOUR TAIL END CHARLIE. KNOW YOUR RIDE LEADER!
IF LEADER INDICATES YOU TO MARK A JUCTION, DO SO! SAFELY, AND VISIBLY!
DO NOT LEAVE YOUR POSITION UNTIL THE TAIL END CHARLIE REACHES YOU!
RE-JOIN THE RIDE IN FRONT OF THE TAIL END CHARLIE.
Respect the rider in fronts lane space, pass wide and NOT IN THEIR LANE.
You are a representative of all the riders in your company. Respect them. DO NOT RIDE LIKE A KNOB!
Keep a respectful profile in public, save revving, burnouts, wheelies, etc for the remote stops we make where the public will not be intimidated or irritated!
People love to see us out and about en-masse. Let's keep it that way!
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