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Resumption of club rides during the Covid-19 pandemic

Cycling UK have now confirmed we can resume club rides as part of your daily exercise following recent changes in guidance from the UK government.

As advice is updated to reflect changing circumstances you may wish to bookmark this page.

The availability of rides will solely depend on the willingness of ride leaders to lead rides. Please don’t expect the usual calendar of rides to be immediately available.

The rides list (https://www.readingctc.co.uk/rides/) will only be showing rides within the forthcoming fortnight rather than our usual seasonal three months of rides. This is to keep management of the rides list simpler in the face of a rapidly changing situation.

There is some excellent advice on socially distant cycling from Cycling UK (https://www.cyclinguk.org/article/tips-socially-distant-cycling) which make recommended reading.

As a summary here’s the club’s guidance.

Guidance for riders and ride leaders

Maintain social distancing at all times
There is a limit of 6 riders on the ride, including the ride leader. The ride leader may choose to run a ride with a smaller group
Riders must book their place with the ride leader – the leader’s contact details will be on the rides list.  Do not turn up expecting to go on the ride without having booked your place; this may lead to disappointment and may put the ride leader in a difficult position
Do cancel your place on a ride if you cannot make it to allow someone else a chance
Be aware of those behind you and prepare to wait at junctions to show the direction of travel
Be self-sufficient in food and drink and the ability to make basic repairs
Check the rides list for any last minute changes before setting off

Guidance for ride leaders

You may wish to have a smaller group than six. It is at your discretion
Details of the ride have to be published on the rides list *
You must have full (i.e. not affiliated) membership of Cycling UK on the date of the ride *
Manage a reserve list in case of cancellations
Split rides into two smaller groups to allow vehicles to overtake more readily.  A line of six riders with two metres between each of them presents a formidable challenge for drivers to overtake safely
Appoint a back-marker
Encourage riders to take responsibility to wait near junctions to mark it so that following riders note the direction of travel
Plan rest stops which have sufficient space for social distancing
Inform the runs representative (runssec@cyclingukreading.org.uk for on-road, offroad@cyclingukreading.org.uk for off-road) if demand exceeds spaces available and they’ll attempt to find an additional leader

Further information from Cycling UK

https://www.cyclinguk.org/news/coronavirus-cycling-uk-group-cycling-advice-guidance

https://www.cyclinguk.org/article/coronavirus-qa-it-safe-cycle

Any questions

Please contact myself or anyone on the committee (https://www.readingctc.co.uk/committee/).

Simon Bird
Rides Secretary, Cycling UK Reading
07846 219114
runssec@cyclingukreading.org.uk

*denotes a condition of the Organisers liability insurance provided by Cycling UK which covers our ride leaders for potential losses incurred by a rider during a ride.