Resuming Club Rides in June
6-3-2020 from Tim Klesk, Rides Chair :
The Rides Committee has a Hybrid Ride Plan for June that will:
- Transition us back into group rides
- Allow for BCC cyclists to be insured on posted rides
In July we will be able to work within State guidelines that allow gatherings up to 50 people.
So, for June only, the Ride Committee interfaced with the State and our insurance company to develop what we call Hybrid rides as described below….
Your Club representatives have been working on how to resume organized rides while following the social distancing guidelines the State of Kentucky has recommended. We also have been working with our insurance company on different ways we could ride and maintain our medical insurance coverage.
We have come up with a way that allows riders to ride the published route(s) anytime the day of the ride. This will give the rider the flexibility to manage their social distancing preferences. To stay in compliance with our insurance company the ride leader will need to know who is riding the published route and that they have completed the route. This will be accomplished by having each rider register for the ride on BCC’s Club Express website. You will have to log into the website to register and you will need to notify the ride leader when you have completed the ride via email, phone msg, or text. With the limit of no more than 10 people in a group it is not feasible for us to open larger group rides in June.
The rides committee is preparing a plan that will be presented to the board for opening group rides using the States “no more than 50 in a group guideline” that is scheduled to be announced later in June.
We are calling this ride a Hybrid ride. We are limiting the rides to the weekends only so we can monitor how they work and to work out any issues. We want to provide a way for each member to be able to participate to the extent that they are comfortable with. The Hybrid ride will do that by allowing members to maintain the social distancing and ride in a small group. Please post photos so we can feel the connection that a lot of us are missing. You will be on your own for these rides. Also, because the rider chooses when he/she will ride the ride leader may not be available for mechanical problems, or accident assistance. Each rider must make contingencies for these on their own or within the group they are riding. If there is an accident you will need to notify the ride leader, so they can fill the accident report for insurance. We will continue to use this type of ride until it proves unnecessary.
We recommend the following:
- Ride with a partner or small group (10 or less please)
- Emergency contact information should be carried with you (this should be normal)
- Have an emergency backup that can come and get you if needed
- Have water, food, etc. for the ride or a store stop scheduled (this should be normal)
- Spare tubes, tools, etc. (this should be normal)
- TAKE PHOTOS and share on the clubs Facebook page
If a ride leader decides to schedule a ride, he/she will,
- Enter the following parameters into the Rides Submission Form in Club Express
- Start location
- Indicate that the ride is an “All Comers” ride
- No start time will be posted. Riders pick their own start time on the date posted
- Submit a ridewithgps route, or multiple routes of varying distances / difficulties to accommodate a wide range of riders
- The rides statisticians will enable registration so the ride leader can see the individuals who plan to ride the published route(s)
- In the narrative section the ride leader will note:
- their email, so he/she can receive a completion notice from the ride leader no more than 24 hours after completing the ride (a phone call, or text is also acceptable)
- mention he/she will maintain current social distancing guidelines of no more than 10 individuals in a group
- mention that riders must register for these rides. If there are more than 10 show at one time, the group will be split, and the start times will be staggered recommended 10 minutes
- If the registered rider subsequently decides to not to ride, they will be required to contact the ride leader with this information.
- The ride leader will author a ride sheet and send it to the stats team
- If you, as a rider, do not want to participate under the above guidelines we absolutely understand and will respect your decision.
As of May 22nd, groups of no more than 10 people have been authorized by the State. We will need to keep this in mind should you decide to ride with several individuals. In any case we strongly urge you to ride with someone.
We hope the above steps allow us to enjoy riding again safely while practicing social distancing guidelines.
Questions, please call Tim Klesk at 859.552.4117, or via email at email@example.com
Ride Changes and Cancellations
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Upcoming Ride and Events
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Riding with the Club
We are happy that so many new members have joined our club this year!! We encourage everyone to take a few minutes to review our ride guidelines, which can be accessed by clicking on the button below. It is very important for all riders to take the time to review ride descriptions, and to honestly assess whether you have the experience and fitness to successfully participate in the ride as described. Our goal is for everyone to be safe and have fun on our rides, and this works best when everyone attends rides that are suitable for them.
If you are unsure whether a ride is appropriate for you, PLEASE give the ride leader a call before the ride and he or she will be happy to advise you. It is ALWAYS better to ask in advance!
If you are brand new to cycling, please take a bit of time to learn how your bike works - how your gears shift, how your brakes work, and how to stop and start before joining a group ride. We can help you develop group riding skills, and become a better and stronger rider, but you need to have a basic understanding of how your bike works first. If you need assistance in learning the basics about your bike, contact our Rides Committee chairperson Tim Klesk at firstname.lastname@example.org and he will help connect you with a club member who can help you!
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