THIS IS BOTH AN EASY AND A DIFFICULT DECISION FOR THE CLUB BUT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE WE HAVE SUSPENDED ALL CLUB ORGANISED GROUP RIDES AND SOCIAL EVENTS.
This decision is based upon the updated governmental tier 4 guidelines, advice coming from British Cycling and conversations with the other cycling clubs in Ely.
We are aware that most members will agree with our position based upon supporting the spirit of the current guidelines whilst some may disagree based upon enjoying fresh air whilst exercising away from groups of people.
We understand both points of view and ask you to respect this decision.
Lets be clear - constraining our lifestyles in the way that is being prescribed currently is tough. It is well understood that cycling is great exercise that combats the mental and physical challenges of the coming weeks and maybe months.
So keeping active remains important and so long as you are not in isolation and follow the relevant guidance with regards to social distancing and hygiene, you can still go out on your bike.
HERE ARE OUR "DOS AND DON'TS" BASED UPON GOVERNMENT AND NHS GUIDANCE:
consider riding solo or with just one buddy and not in a group
either be self sufficient on your long rides or plan shorter rides
always wash your hands before and after a ride – do this for at least 20 seconds
use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
stay safe & as close to home if possible
don't ride in groups
don't stop for refreshments
do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
We will continue to monitor the situation and update our policy as soon as the situation changes.
If you have any questions, please contact us directly.
Christian Griffin & Ian Smith
17th March 2020