Date: Monday, 29th March, 2021
The club will be supporting club rides from Sunday, 4th April, 2021 in accordance with the guidelines from British Cycling (BC) until further notice. Obviously, the guidance can change daily from both HMG and BC and the club will react to any future changes.
Our overriding concern is the safety and welfare of our club members.
If you feel unable to adhere to the guidance below, please do not join a club ride.
Guidance from British Cycling
The full guidance and its updates can be found at https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/road/article/20200512-about-bc-news-British-Cycling-Updated-Coronavirus-Guidance-0
The following extract from the guidance is relevant to our club rides.
From March 29th, British Cycling affiliated Club and recreation programme rides (HSBC UK Breeze, Guided Rides and Ride Social) will be able to take place in groups of up to 15.
These rides will be subject to a series of Covid mitigation measures, including: test and trace protocols, one metre social distancing while riding, two metre social distancing while not riding, and guidance covering hygiene, equipment sharing and self-sufficiency. More details on this can be found in The Way Forward here.
Clubs and groups which do not feel confident or comfortable riding in groups of 15 at this stage are permitted and encouraged to set a lower limit which is appropriate for their own circumstances. 15 is a limit, not a target.
While we know that group riding presents a very low risk of transmission (due to it taking place outdoors, with very limited face-to-face contact), we must remain mindful of the wider public’s understandable concerns around Covid-19 and ensure that all clubs and groups respect and adhere to the relevant Covid-secure guidance for safe delivery.
Informal group rides – such as groups of friends meeting to ride together – will continue to be subject to the Rule of Six at this time, along with all other general Government guidance on social distancing and interaction.
Club requirements of club members and guests during a club ride
Club members must have priority on club rides.
A riding group must not exceed 15 including the group ride leader. If there are more than fifteen riders, more groups must be formed with each being led by a designated ride leader.
Groups must not ride together but follow HMG/BC guidelines. It is the responsibility of every rider to ensure that the groups do not ride together and maintain social distancing at all times. Take particular care at road junctions and similar pinch points.
Guests can only ride once with the Club before joining and are required to complete the form below for the purpose of track and trace. Without the completion of this information a guest cannot join a club ride.
Riders from other clubs can be guests for more than one ride while they are on holiday but they must still complete the online ‘track and trace’ form for each ride.
Social distancing is a requirement – please see the above information from BC.
Currently, you are required to use a face covering for all internal spaces including shops and cafes and ferry crossings.
Rider’s are required to be able to undertake their own roadside repairs and punctures without assistance from others. In such circumstances, all riders must continue to adhere to social distancing guidance.
We recommend that each rider carries there own sanitizing gel.
Track and trace
Club members and guests riding a club ride agree that the club provides relevant information to the appropriate agencies for the purposes of track and trace. If you do not agree with this, please do not join a club ride.