We are reintroducing club rides from Friday 12th June with groups of 3 cycling together.
These are temporary arrangements. Please read the following below:
1. Factors considered in arriving at our position
- Factors considered in arriving at our position
- 7 Oaks Tri Club procedures for group rides
- Specific BTF guidance and advice
- The new BTF guidance allows group rides of 6. The BTF advisory points exist which ensure individuals must consider and own the additional risks. Carrying out group rides as mandated would ensure the club’s BTF insurance remains in place as well as that for any members with individual BTF insurance cover.
- Currently British Cycling believes that the need to maintain a two-metre distance while riding as a group of six may present practical difficulties and potential risks. For this reason, they are strongly encouraging riders to continue to cycle in smaller groups at present, and only ride in a group of six if they are absolutely sure that it is safe to do so (for example, in a park). Those members with insurance through British Cycling riding in groups which comply with Government guidelines will be covered.
- We must consider public perception (which probably would be influenced by a lack of education re permissions) of us as a club; that emotions are running high and that in the long run we do not want to aggravate relations between motorists and cyclists (stringing out as a group of 6 on the road is far from ideal) or damage our reputation/brand within the community
- We must consider the rights/needs of our club members to participate in permitted club activity and manage expectations
- This is an ever-changing scenario and we should recognise our procedures will likely change again in a couple of weeks so this more measured response only in place for short period
- Please understand and comply! We don’t want to create further workload for the Committee dealing with complaints however ill conceived.
2. 7Oaks Tri Club procedures for group rides
- Meet points:
- Fridays Shirkers ride – 8:30am Seal Rec
- Saturday ride – 8:00am Vine cricket ground by the bandstand
- Sunday ride - 8:00am Vine cricket ground by the bandstand
- At the meet points all members will maintain a distance of 2m and ensure that no more than 6 are clustered. As soon as a 7th person turns up please form a discrete group
- A ride sponsor will arrange members into groups of no more than 3
- Routing – can be decided collectively or by each group. As long as there is clear distance (so that there is no chance of meeting at a junction, motorists would identify each group as a 3
- etc) between each group of 3 the route can be the same. Each group must post a rough routing on the ride whatsapp group before heading off
- Each group must set off separately and with the required gap between groups.
- Rides to be local ie usual routings and max 3.5hours
- Remember the over-arching 2m social distancing requirement
3. Specific BTF guidance and advice – published 4th June 2020
From 1 June in England, the government will allow up to six people from different households to meet up and exercise outside with social distancing in place. This means that six club members may train together even if they are all from different households and club coaches may deliver formal club activity in ratios of 1:5.
For English-based clubs, work with your coaches to organise minor small-scale club activities for groups of no more than six (including the coach). This can be cycling, running or open water swimming. It may be coach-led and operate as a formal coached session or member-led and more recreational in nature.
The following are some general principles which all clubs, club coaches and members should consider before taking part in any group cycling activity:
- Members should consider the ‘aerosol effect’ in training
- Aerobic activity such as cycling will cause a person to expel air and therefore droplets to a distance of up to 20 metres behind them.
- If you cannot maintain this, you should think about how safe it is to cycle with another person.
- Further advice is to keep cycle rides local, to a known route and let others know your route in case of emergencies. This will reduce the likelihood of needing the use of valuable emergency services.
The following are some general principles which all clubs, club coaches and members should consider before taking part in any group activity:
- Being constantly aware of social distancing of 2 metres for those that exercise together from separate households.
- Follow the government hygiene regulations including regular hand washing for at least 20 seconds.
- Ensure you clean any equipment using antibacterial wash / wipes and avoid sharing training equipment.
- Self-isolate should you or any members of your household show any signs or symptoms of Coronavirus.
- Consider the risks of increasing your physical training load too fast where it might have an impact on your immune system that puts your health at risk.
- Participating in activities that are beyond your capabilities and put yourself and others at risk that might result in the need to use vital resources such as the NHS is not recommended.