Sorry to announce that life member and club stalwart Les Archer passed away on 6th August.
Les was known and liked by so many people, was a very decent rider, organised several road races including the British National Championships in Dudley and managed the Stourbridge Elite Squad from 2000 until 2008. He will be missed and our condolences go to his wife, Pat and son and daughter, Nick and Alison.
The SCC committee met remotely on 1st July and discussed at length the reinstatement of clubrides. There are several factors making this reinstatement very difficult to put in place. We will follow the government and BC guidelines and the recommendation is still to not restart clubrides until advice changes. The committee will be keeping up to date with this advice and will post news as soon as possible.
The club committee have reviewed this with some care and would like to update you on the club’s position.
The guidance is clear that any activity which is sanctioned by the club must meet public health guidelines and the club must take responsibility for club member safety. In order to facilitate this, British Cycling have provided recommendations, the key points of which are as follows:
Group sizes should not exceed 6 riders
2 meters must be adhered to on club sanctioned rides
Hygiene protocols must be in place
Historically controlling group sizes has always been a challenge and we do not feel we can responsibility control group sizes to a maximum of 6 riders. We also feel it is practically too difficult to enforce riders adhering to being 2 meters apart whilst on group rides.
As a result, we have taken the decision not to permit club rides at this stage. We will continue to review this position on a regular basis as the advice and surrounding circumstances are changing regularly.
We recognise that many of you may feel that you can take personal responsibility for this advice and as a result may wish to participate in unofficial group rides. We kindly ask that you do not participate in these rides wearing Stourbridge Cycling Club clothing as these rides are not currently supported by the club.
We thank you for you continued support and look forward to a time when we can safely ride together again.