Getting together and doing it right
This is the latest Covid advice update and supercedes details shared in September and October 2020. For details of how this partnership with other clubs and Rapha started, please take a look at ‘The Alliance’ post.
Following the recent announcement that London is easing Lockdown, we have updated club guidance to reflect this. The good news is we can continue to ride but need to observe the key points below:
1.Thirty is Thirty :: This means that when riding as a group, our maximum limit is thirty people. Full stop. This applies when meeting for the ride briefing, during the training session, after the training session and when we decide to go for coffee.
2. Meeting spot :: This remains outside the London Business School on Sussex Place – it has plenty of room to keep distance and also to accommodate several groups. No more than thirty people should meet at any one spot.
3. Cafe stops :: indoor mingling is now possible. This means coffee stops are an opportunity to catch up and meet new members. To help manage this our designated cafe stops will be agreed at the start of a session. Currently Laurents and Fortitude are popular destinations. We are hoping Harris & Hoole will be available for us in the near future too.
4. Everyone must be in club kit when riding in Regent’s or Richmond Park :: This will help ensure we are riding together as LBCC. If another person jumps on to our paceline/group, we must tell them (politely) to respect the the numbers and leave. This is to mitigate large groups joining as one peloton in the park. For new joiners, this will mean they need to wear club colours (red, black or white).
5. Make use of CW laps :: Instead of rolling CCW in Regent’s Park, roll CW. Often much less busy and so less likely to attract hangers on.
6. Zwift rides :: Throughout Lockdowon racing / training on Zwift has proved a popular alternative. It has also enabled participation with our international members. We can now race, time trials, work outs or just a good old group ride. We encourage members to be creative and help take the initiative by putting virtual group events together.
The above reflects our understanding of the current Government measures for London. We will continue to monitor and update as guidance changes.
This will benefit everyone’s health, demonstrate our commitment to mitigating the spread of COVID to police, the Royal Parks and other cyclists, and most importantly, will help preserve our sacred training sessions in the park for the long-term.
Allez, the Crazy Brave!
Thank you for your continous support, encouragement and cooperation, The London Baroudeurs Committee: Dave, Glen, Lowell, Nick, Steve and Thomas. A special thank you to Jesse for contributing to the meeting.