With the clocks now changed, as of this weekend (Saturday 31st October) the new winter club rides will commence as agreed at the recent AGM. The club rides will be:
Saturday (first ride 31st October)
Training ride using the regular route from Bishops Rd Car Park (0900Hrs sharp) to Maryburgh Roundabout (approx. 40 miles). Dependent on the riders taking part it can be decided to extend to rider to include the Brahan climb. It is encouraged that mudguards are used ( it is winter now and fellow riders will appreciate them being used!).
Sunday (first ride 1st November)
Intention is for the club ride to involve 2 groups (a fast group and an intermediate group) and until the Christmas period it will be predominantly a gravel ride. Each week the route will be determined (factoring in the weather forecast etc.) with the details being put on the club website, Facebook page and Twitter on the Friday. Ice tyres may be required when sub-zero conditions are expected! The meeting place will alter from week to week dependant on which side of town the ride is to be. Club ride will depart at 0800Hrs sharp. Mudguards to be used at the rider’s discretion.
Wednesday (first ride 4th November)
Club ride that will until the Christmas period be predominantly a gravel ride. Each week the route will be determined (factoring in the weather forecast etc.) with the details being put on the club website, Facebook page and Twitter on the Monday. Ice tyres may be required when sub-zero conditions are expected! The meeting place will be Tesco, Dores Rd and depart at 0900Hrs sharp. Mudguards to be used at the rider’s discretion.
To help the general public distinguish any organised club ride from an unorganised cycling group, if possible, please wear the MFCC club kit. This can currently be purchased via the Bioracer club shop which is open until 2nd November – https://www.bioracer.co.uk/en/mybioracer/?r=h1nsnDBRJc
Due to the current COVID restrictions these rides can only go ahead if the club complies with current guidelines. Therefore, every rider taking part in a club ride must completed the relevant details requested in the web-link below. It must be ensured this is completed before the ride takes place. If not completed the rider cannot take part in the club ride. All that is requested is name, contact telephone number and date of the session.
As a reminder of other COVID restriction guidelines, please note :
Under the current guidelines, club rides can take place with up to 30 people from unlimited households. However, out with the club ride this rule does not apply and therefore the “6 people from 2 households” rule applies. Unfortunately, no café stops will be planned as part of any club ride for the foreseeable future.
Participants must not attend a ride if:
- They have Covid-19 symptoms
- Someone in their household has Covid-19 symptoms
- If they have been asked to self-isolate at home by the Scottish Government Test and Protect
- They have returned from a country which is not on the exemption from quarantine list in the
last 14 days
During a club ride, each rider is asked to:
- Participants must practice good respiratory hygiene during the activity (i.e. coughing, sneezing into a tissue or the crook of an elbow)
- Participants must provide their own equipment and refreshments and should avoid sharing the likes of tools, water bottles and food.
- Face coverings are optional during activity, but riders should bring a personal face mask for their use in the event of injury requiring attention from a first aider.
If a participant develops symptoms of Covid-19, they should stop taking part, return home and follow the Government’s ‘Test and Protect’ guidelines.
After the club ride, each rider is asked to:
- All participants leaving the activity must maintain physical distancing
- Any participant developing symptoms after a club ride should immediately isolate and request a test straight away.
Hopefully that is sufficient information, but if you need further details please get in touch.