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CLUB RUN GUIDANCE

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Our group rides are back, albeit with some COVID-friendly restrictions. British Cycling have produced guidance on the safe running of club rides, to adhere to current government guidance. As a club we must ensure we run the groups in a way that will keep all our riders safe, in summary:

 For now, our pink pelotons will be restricted to 6 people (including the ride leader).
 Riders will have to pre-register via a Google Form to ensure that groups are limited to 6 and that there are sufficient ride leaders.
 We will aim to have our full range of runs from Mocha to Espresso.
 We ask that everyone maintains social distancing of at least two metres (or one metre plus mitigations) at all times.
 Most importantly, if you or any of your household show any symptoms of COVID-19, or have been asked to selfisolate, please do not turn up; you are unlikely to make yourself the most popular person around if you are the cause of everyone in your group having to isolate! The club may consider this a disciplinary issue.
 If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 or receive a positive test having recently attended a Club Ride, please make the organiser aware, so that people you have been in contact with can be informed. This is more out of courtesy to your fellow members, though it is likely any official Track and Trace would cover this anyway.

Whilst as a club we have a responsibility for the safety of our riders and volunteers, there is also a responsibility on individuals to look out for each other and ensure everyone’s safety.

SIGN UP AND PRE-RIDE

 Riders will have to pre-register via a Google Form to ensure that groups are limited to 6 and that there are sufficient ride leaders.
 The sign-up form will be posted on Facebook at the start of each week and an e-mail sent out to all members.
 Please provide all requested details, including an emergency contact; hopefully we never need to use these but it is important we can get in contact quickly should we need to. Details provided may be shared with ride leaders for these purposes.
 Riders should ideally let us know their preferred group by the Friday evening (priority is being given to members up to Friday evening). Any remaining spaces will be opened up to non-members on Saturday, though members can obviously still sign up.
 Spaces are given to riders on a first come first served basis, though please only sign up if you are fairly certain you are going to be able to ride. If your plans change, the earlier you can let us know the better the chance that we can give a space to another we can give another rider the opportunity to ride.
 Queries or changes to groups should be directed towards the single appointed organiser; it will be made clear who this is on Facebook and in e-mail communications. Riders should not contact ride leaders directly, as this can cause confusion.
 Groups details will be communicated via e-mail and Facebook prior to the rides. If you turn up on a Sunday morning without having registered there is a risk you may not get to ride in your preferred group or even at all.
 Start times and locations may vary to ensure that people congregating at the start locations are kept to a minimum. It is important you check the ride details carefully each week.

ATTENDING A RIDE

 Remember to put in your jersey pocket a (pink?!) face mask, disposable gloves and hand sanitiser, as you may need these in certain situations.
 Most importantly, if you or any of your household show any symptoms of COVID-19, or have been asked to self isolate, please do not turn up; you are unlikely to make yourself the most popular person around if you are the cause of everyone in your group having to isolate! The club may consider this a disciplinary issue.
 Aim to arrive promptly before group is due to roll out. As groups will be departing at different times, please do not arrive too early to keep the number of people congregating to a minimum.
 Social distancing of 2 metres (or 1m+ with mitigations) should be observed at all times.
 Maintain good hygiene practices at all times. In particular, avoid spitting, sneezing and coughing that could affect nearby riders, we would recommend that hands are washed and sanitised regularly.
 A pre-ride briefing will be given by either the organiser or the ride leader, appropriate for the level of experience of riders and route.

DURING A RIDE

 Firstly, we want you to enjoy Club Rides, though our pink pelotons will have to be a bit smaller for now; they will be restricted to 6 people (including the ride leader). Some ride leaders may prefer to take smaller groups out, so please take this into account.
 Social distancing of 2 metres will have to be maintained. If you are wheel sucking you are probably too close and we will certainly not be able to promote chaingangs for the time being. Our Club Rides will be more social rides for the time being.
 Where roads are wide enough and it is safe to do so, ride in pairs to ensure that the minimum amount of road is taken up.
 Be aware of hazards and communicate these to your fellow riders
 Whilst groups are being led it is important that riders should be as self-sufficient as possible in dealing with mechanicals. We advise that each rider deals with their own mechanicals so as to maintain social distancing (friendly advice may be offered by your fellow group members!)
    o Each rider should have their own inner tubes, tyre levers, multitools etc.
            o There may be situations where other riders need to step in and provide assistance; in this case you should use a mask and gloves.
 In the event of First Aid having to be administered, the First Aider should ensure that they are wearing a mask and gloves, if they can.
 As with all bike riding there is risk, please ride within your own capabilities. British Cycling and Newbury Velo recommends that individuals take out personal insurance. You may already have insurance cover through your personal British Cycling membership. The Club has it’s own insurance through British Cycling but it does not cover individuals.
 If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 whilst out on a ride, immediately inform the ride lead that you are dropping off and return directly home.

POST RIDE

 There will also be the opportunity to "safely socialise" over a post-ride drink, location to be determined by the group on the day.
 If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 or receive a positive test having recently attended a Club Ride, please make the organiser aware, so that people you have been in contact with can be informed. This is more out of courtesy to your fellow members, though it is likely any official Track and Trace would cover this anyway.

The reputation of the club and the future of group rides in general relies on everyone taking part in club runs following current government guidance and we will need you to work with us on this one. However, we still hope to make sure these rides are fun and allow you to enjoy the roads of our beautiful countryside with good company.

Happy riding!

The Team at Newbury Velo