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 (firstname.lastname@example.org for on-road, email@example.com for off-road) if demand exceeds spaces available and they’ll attempt to find an additional leader
Further information from Cycling UK
Please contact myself or anyone on the committee (https://www.readingctc.co.uk/committee/).
Rides Secretary, Cycling UK Reading
*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.