On the 29th June 2020 Croston Velo published a temporary ride structure as a result of the pandemic lockdown easing (the original publication is available on www.crostonvelo.co.uk which should still be reviewed as it includes all the general guidance around riding during the pandemic and must still be adhered to).
Following a review of ride attendance and as a result of feedback the Croston Velo committee have decided to make the following amendments to the ride structure which take effect week commencing 10/08/20. We have made the decision to make the amendments for the following reasons
- With the existence of the ‘bubble’ model ride attendance on standard club rides has been lower than normal as some members choose to form consistent bubbles. Therefore we are looking to reduce the number of groups and rides to ensure we have critical mass to have a good group for all.
- With the staggered start times running up to 19:00 and the nights drawing in we will start to lose light on the later departure times.
We will continue to operate a two-tier approach
Tier one – For those considered high risk or who consider themselves risk adverse we are happy for ‘bubbles’ to be set up (more detail below).
Tier Two – For those considered low risk we will operate standard club rides with staggered start times, social distancing measures and additional guidance.
Tier One – Bubbles
It is recognised that some people may be higher risk and consider it too early to re-commence normal social activity, however may want to start riding in a group again.
If this applies to you then we are happy for you to set up or join a ‘bubble’. These will consist of the same 6 riders and will ensure that social contact is not spread too widely. People are encouraged to set up and operate their own bubbles until 4th September should they choose to do so. Clearly we are happy for these rides to take place at the same time as standard Croston Velo club Rides, use the same published route if they wish to and for riders to be in club kit. We would encourage that bubbles potentially choose a different start location in the village than Croston Sports club to avoid congestion in the club car park with the standard rides.
New Tier Two ride Structure (week commencing 10/08)
Where riders consider themselves lower risk and are happy to have a slightly wider social contact then a format closer to standard will apply which is detailed below
Upon arrival groups must be divided into equal numbers with maximum group size of 6. As a club it is important to know who is on each ride should we be contacted by tracers to confirm. Please can you ensure you pre-register by clicking ‘I’m In/join event’ on the relevant ride on the Strava club (this can be accessed on both the web and mobile version on Strava). If you are not a member of the Strava club you can join by clicking on the following link https://www.strava.com/clubs/Crostonvelo . We ask that you register for the ride no later than 6pm on the evening of the weekday rides or the evening before for the Sunday morning rides.
Weekday rides (Tuesday/Thursday)
Rides will continue to start from Croston Sports Club car park (Please ensure social distancing is observed in the car park for your own safety and to ensure we are not viewed badly by passers by) but will have a staggered start time to ensure the car park doesn’t get congested.
* Standard B and C Group – 18:30
* B+ Group and A Group – 18:40
- At 18:40 the A group should set off 2 mins before B+ group to allow riders who are not comfortable with the pace to drop back to another group on the road.
- More detail on the ride speeds can be found on our website, please ensure you select an appropriate group http://www.crostonvelo.co.uk/club-rides/
To prevent congestion we ask that rides start promptly, please try and avoid arriving more than 10 minutes before your ride time to ensure the other ride has left the car park.
A route from the route directory will be published the evening before. Please ensure you have all routes downloaded to your GPS device where possible as this makes it easier for the group of navigate http://www.crostonvelo.co.uk/ride-directory/
Ride attendance on the 8am ride has been low since the new ride structure was published, therefore we have made the decision to operate the 9:30 ride only until further notice.
9:30 – There will be two ride speeds
B group – Moderate pace but non drop. A route will be published the evening before via Whatsapp, Strava and Facebook taking into account the weather forecast for the day. These will tend to be longer, hillier routes than the weekday rides.
C Group – Steady non drop ride to suit all abilities. Route will be decided upon arrival dependant on this present. It will usually be circa 35 miles with a coffee stop on route.
The Croston Velo committee thank you for your continued support and attendance as we navigate our way through these strange times and we look forward to getting back to normal as soon as it is safe to do so. For now lets enjoy the rest of summer 2020!