SRAMCC and the COVID Lockdown

(Updated 13th April 2021)

Government regulations allow for club rides to restart in April 2021. Details of our plans to restart outdoor club activities will be found on the SRAMcc Facebook page.

This will be quite a complex process and things will be different from before lockdown,

  • Please look out for SRAMcc Facebook announcements and read them carefully.

British Cycling advice for cycling activities in the current COVID stage can be found here.

The main points from the document related to Club and Recreation Rides are copied below. Please study them carefully. As an example of how complex they are

  • We are allowed up to 15 on official group rides by BC affiliated clubs (although SRAMcc will reduce to 8 initially for road safety reasons). Any other informal non-club ride defaults to the “group of 6” rules for any outside meeting. Masks need not be worn whilst riding.
  • Cafe stops, even within organised club rides, default to the “group of 6” rule in the cafe, with no mixing between groups, and masks may be necessary.

The BC document also has a helpful summary of how First Aid protocols are affected by COVID – see BC Guidance Chapter 4.

Chapter 2 – Club and Recreation Programme Activity

2.1 Guidance for group and club rides

While many people will be keen to resume club and group activity it is imperative that all participants set an example and follow these guidelines to ensure that the risk of infection/transmission of the virus is minimised.

Strong hand hygiene should be practiced by all involved before, during and after all cycling activity.

2.2 Before the activity

  • 2.2.1 Participants must not attend a ride or session if they have Covid-19 symptoms, have someone in their household who does and are in the extremely vulnerable category or if they have been asked to remain at home by the UK Government test and trace system.
  • 2.2.2 At this step of the Government’s roadmap, you should minimise time spent outside your home, but you can leave your home to exercise and take part in informal and organised sport and physical activity. You should always check that it’s safe to travel before you set out to take part in cycling activities.
  • 2.2.3 Carefully consider the risks when planning your route, avoiding busy areas where possible, and consider how social distancing measures may impact on the activity, including things like the areas where you start, stop or take a break.
  • 2.2.4 Participants planning to attend a facility for a ride or session should check if it is open and what additional Covid-secure measures are in place.
  • 2.2.5 Consider the space needed for club activities, ensuring that participants are able to maintain appropriate social distancing while not riding.
  • 2.2.6 Where possible all bookings and consent forms should be completed online prior to the session or activity. Where this is not possible clubs should write down the details of participants.
  • 2.2.7 Ensure all participants are aware of the safety guidelines and what is expected before, during and after the activity, including what participants are expected to do to maintain compliance with social distancing guidelines and all other health, hygiene and safety guidelines.
  • 2.2.8. Participants should not stay away from home overnight for sport and physical activity.

2.3 During the activity

  • 2.3.1 Participants must practice good respiratory hygiene during the activity (i.e. coughing, sneezing into a tissue or the crook of an elbow).
  • 2.3.2 Riders will be required to maintain a ‘one metre plus’ distance from others while riding.
  • 2.3.3 When riding two abreast, we advise that riders should aim to  stay beside the same rider for as much of the ride as possible
  • 2.3.4 Clubs and groups which do not feel confident or comfortable riding in groups of 15 at this stage are permitted and encouraged to set a lower limit which is appropriate for their own circumstances.
  • 2.3.5 Ensure all health and safety and emergency First aid guidelines are followed.
  • 2.3.6 Participants must provide their own equipment and refreshments and avoid sharing the like of water bottles and food.
  • 2.3.7 Exercise within your personal physical and technical limitations to try and avoid additional burden on the NHS and the First aiders present.
  • 2.3.8 In line with government guidelines, masks or face coverings are not required while taking part in cycling activities. All forms of face coverings may restrict breathing efficiency and should not be used during exercise unless your doctor advises it.
  • 2.3.8 Refreshment stops are permitted, however at these points you  should default to the Government’s general guidance for social meetings and split into wholly separate groups of no more than six riders. Individuals shouldn’t move between different groups during your stop. You should also make yourself aware of and adhere to all other guidance put in place by the establishment.

2.4 After the activity

  • 2.4.1 Participants should wash/sanitise their hands after the session.
  • 2.4.2 Participants leaving the activity must maintain social distancing.
  • 2.4.3 If a participant or coach develops Covid-19 symptoms within two days of taking part in British Cycling activity, they should first ensure that they follow NHS Test and Trace guidance. This means self-isolating, booking a test and informing NHS Test and Trace of relevant contacts if the test is positive. They should also inform the Club, leader or coach so that the other participants can be quickly informed and take the necessary steps in line with NHS Test and Trace guidelines.
  • When asked by NHS contact tracers, coaches, leaders and club  volunteers are permitted to share details of participants where relevant to support the process. When informing other participants, a club, leader or coach should not name the person who tested positive when informing others in order to protect their privacy, unless there is a specific reason as to why they need to do so.