It is important to remember that whilst our main focus is on creating an enjoyable cycling experience for you as a participant, our responsibilities go much deeper than simply planning a route, and leading you around it. Many of you will have been riding together for some time, and may feel somewhat relaxed about the current guidelines, particularly as there are so many interpretations.
As an inclusive, social, cycling club, we want to ensure that every participant feels confident in our abilities to keep them safe, and that means considering that other people may not be completely comfortable, even within these these guidelines. We therefore ask you all to respect these guidelines, and be particularly aware that 1m may feel very close, to someone you haven’t seen for a while.
Preparing for the ride:
- if you have had contact with anyone who has had coronavirus symptoms, or with someone in their house who does, do not attend until 14 days after the last contact
Travelling to/from the start:
- walk or cycle to the location if possible, but if you must use a car, then go solo in the vehicle or with someone from your household. You must use a facemask if using public transport
On the ride:
- ensure you keep at least 1m apart from other participants, and where possible 2m or more
- clean hands more often than usual: everyone should wash their hands thoroughly for 20 seconds using running water then dry them thoroughly, or use alcohol or a hand rub or sanitiser, ensuring all parts of the hand are covered
- ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach
- consider wearing face masks where applicable
- clean frequently touched surfaces often, using appropriate products
- do not share throughout the event:-
- drink bottles
- sweets and snacks
- if possible, take your own:-
- tools and spares,
- first aid kit
- disposable gloves
- anti-bacterial wipes
- face covering
- minimise contact where possible by keeping in your designated ride groups
After the ride:
- if you begin to feel ill, look on the NHS website for the next steps, and then contact us asap.
Please use common sense and only undertake activities/tasks you feel comfortable doing. If you have any concerns, please contact us directly.
If you do need to help out another rider, if the rider is not a member of your own household, you should follow these steps.
- ask the rider to move away from their bike
- put on your disposable gloves
- clean any areas you are likely to touch with an anti-bacterial wipe
- carry out any repairs required
- clean any areas you may have touched with an anti-bacterial wipe
- move away from the bike and ask the rider to check it thoroughly
- before touching your own bike, remove your gloves and dispose of them responsibly with any used wipes
Before carrying out any first aid treatment, we recommend you put on your disposable gloves and a face covering. If practical, ask the rider to put on their own face covering.
Once you have completed any treatment, and before touching your own bike, remove your gloves and dispose of them responsibly with any used first aid supplies.
The situation is changing regularly. To keep up-to-date with the latest information about all our rides, join our WhatsApp Ride Info group. Please email us including your name, mobile number and registered email address.
Much of the advice, published or broadcast by the media, is contradictory and confusing. If you are worried about participating in any ride or club activity, we recommend that you consult the latest government advice: GOV.UK