Hi everybody, I wanted to provide you with an update on the club’s current position and its approach to the challenges that Covid-19 has presented.
Over the last month we have spent time developing and testing a process for how we can safely carry out group rides whilst conforming to the guidance provided by our government. We have ensured this process supports the advice from British Cycling and Cycling UK, both of whom protect the club with public liability insurance.
Although the most recent restrictions prevent the club from reopening rides, we would like to use this time to build a plan for the future. We will post more detail in the coming weeks, but we know we are going to need member support and cooperation. We will need volunteers to come forward to help manage group sizes and collect track and trace information.
Finally, we acknowledge and are disappointed that we have been unable to provide our usual level of club activities during 2020, as a result we will be carrying over annual membership to cover 2021. Members who normally pay their subscription by standing order are asked not to cancel this with the bank. The membership secretary will contact those who over pay by email early in the new year.
We have decided to recommence some of our official club rides for a trial period from Saturday 10th October.
In order to comply with Covid19 restrictions, rides will be limited to groups of six (including the ride leader). They will also be restricted to current members and will be by invitation only i.e. you won’t be able to turn up and join the ride.
The rides will be co-ordinated by a committee member responsible for ensuring that each ride has a designated leader and that ‘track and trace’ information has been collected from all participants.
Please see the Covid19 risk assessment and Club ride recommencement documents that need to be followed before attending a ride.
The rides are:-
Saturday 9:30 off-road co-ordinated by Richard Nicol
Sunday 8:30 road ride co-ordinated by Roger Allen
Sunday 9:00 road ride co-ordinated by Mac McColgan
If successful, we hope to extend the trial to other rides later but we will need ride co-ordinators and ride leaders to volunteer for those.
We will continue to follow advice from Government and British Cycling and the review the situation accordingly,
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.