LOCKDOWN EASES - RIDES TO START UP AGAIN BUT WITH A NEW FORMAT

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Roger Shephard
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LOCKDOWN EASES - RIDES TO START UP AGAIN BUT WITH A NEW FORMAT

Post by Roger Shephard » Mon Jun 22, 2020 8:49 pm

Hello Everybody,

LOCKDOWN EASES - RIDES TO START UP AGAIN BUT WITH A NEW FORMAT


THE HISTORY

I hope everyone is well and coping with the restrictions and difficulties of this Covid 19 episode. As you know, the committee followed advice in March this year as the Lockdown took hold, with the Club ride calendar being suspended until further notice and until such time as the Government relaxed the position regarding staying indoors and exercising only in accordance with strict time limits and social distancing rules in place.


RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

At a time when the Lockdown rules are being made slightly more liberal, the committee met via Zoom and discussed how we might be able to re-instate Club rides within the emerging framework for getting out and about again.

We decided that in view of the current Government advice allowing groups of no more than 6 people from different households to meet outdoors for exercise as long as social distancing is maintained, that the time would be right for the Club to re-start the Sunday club rides. However, we saw the need to introduce a closely controlled format to mitigate risk in bringing together people from different households.


THE NEW FORMAT FOR CLUB RIDES

We chose to adopt the tried and tested format of the Thursday evening rides with some slight modifications. We recognise that this is new territory to all of us so as we roll this out over the next few Sunday ride meetings, we may need to make some adjustments to the format as we go. For the moment, and until we can be sure that we have got this right, we will unfortunately be restricting rides to club members only.

We are currently seeking nominations for ride leaders to guide us around the various locales under the format. Starting Sunday 5th July, members who have volunteered to be a ride leader will post the start time and place from which they will lead a ride and the pace they will be going at. Please note, the ride calendar published at the start of the year and suspended in March, will remain suspended. Please do not expect to be invited to turn up at any of the rides previously advertised. The “Covid-19 Lockdown Relaxation” ride format will rely on venues selected specifically from a rolling revue of venues to be announced by the volunteering ride leaders.


THE FUTURE

Please do NOT turn up at Boltons Bench on the date formerly advertised in the Newsletter or published on the website (unless of course one of the ride leaders chooses that as a starting point). Also, please note that the BBQ scheduled for the 5th July has also been postponed or maybe even been cancelled, (keep an eye open for any news in that direction depending on further Government relaxations).


TAKING PART IN THE RIDES

First of all, take note that the rides will be organised via the FORUM ONLY and the Club Facebook page will direct you to the Forum.

If you want to take part in the ride then please reply to the forum notice posted by the volunteer ride leader. Five riders will qualify to join the leader on a first come, first served basis, the resultant group of six riders is required to adhere to current government and cycling organisation guidance.

To ensure the ride is safe we will also ask that you maintain the recommended 2m separation at all times before, during and after the ride and that when riding in front of or behind another rider that distance we have agreed that this must be increased to 4m.

Because punctures, mechanicals and falls are a feature of our sport we require everyone to bring an inner tube or means of mending tubeless tyres trailside, a pump, a face covering and disposable gloves (to be taken home and disposed of properly if used on the trail!). Hand sanitizer is also strongly recommended.

In the event of a mechanical or accident please DO NOT all rush to help. The ride leader will co-ordinate assistance for the distressed rider so that the minimum number of people get involved at close distance.

It all sounds bit daunting and we will keep everything under review as new guidance emerges from the Government and the cycling organisations but I’m sure we will quickly get used to it.


FINAL THOUGHTS

Not everybody will be comfortable joining in with group exercise at this time and that is perfectly OK. Some will have domestic situations that will prevent joining in, and some will have medical reasons. There will be some who are understandably nervous at coming out of Lockdown even in a small controlled group. For those of you who cannot join in currently, we look forward to welcoming you back when conditions allow and we can ride together again in the old normal or something close to it.

For those who will be joining in with the new format, please remember to respect these new operating conditions and remember to respect others. To put in bluntly, if you are not booked on the ride, please do not turn up in the hope of joining in, and equally bluntly, you must bring the appropriate PPE as listed in these notes.

Lastly, can a say a big thank you to all the members who have volunteered to lead

Best regards


Roger Shephard.
Chairman.

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Re: LOCKDOWN EASES - RIDES TO START UP AGAIN BUT WITH A NEW FORMAT

Post by sambath » Tue Jun 23, 2020 7:14 pm

Good info Roger and thanks to the committee for the background work that would of gone into putting this together. Positive things will happen just need to find new ways of enjoying riding and being out together.
Would it be possible to have a Garmin route sharing method either via the Forum or Facebook
I now have a Bike Garmin to follow so would be happy to lead in areas unfamiliar to me.
Best wishes
Steve

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Re: LOCKDOWN EASES - RIDES TO START UP AGAIN BUT WITH A NEW FORMAT

Post by sue m » Tue Jun 23, 2020 10:08 pm

Steve.

If you want a gpx and a pdf of routes let me know where and I can see if I have one. Pen is also a good source of routes.

We tend not to share routes on the forum or facebook.

I have let Ian, who is sorting the rides out, know that you posted on facebook that you would lead.

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