I am sure we are all aware that things are changing with regards the Lockdown and the easing of restrictions. As a club we are very much hoping to get our long awaited and much missed Sunday rides underway again and propose that the date we are aiming for is Sunday 4th of April Easter Sunday! We plan on starting with exactly the same model, as we used previously, with 6 riders per group and riders needing to register for rides. We can then monitor this and agree to increase group sizes as people or circumstances allow. As I am sure many of you have read British Cycling are suggesting groups of 15 will be permitted (ride leaders numbers allowing) but I think its better to take this up as we feel comfortable. I also feel public perception of the rule of 6 will be acceptable where as 15 cyclists in a group may draw contention and this is not a path we want to tread.
There will be no NCCC club rides during the next lockdown.
Outdoor cycling is allowed but with restrictions – see link below from Cycling Weekly:
COTSWOLD CYCLES and the REVOLUTION CAFE will remain open, with the cafe serving takeaways. Please check opening times at https://www.cotswoldcycles.co.uk . I’m sure you will get a warm welcome if you are in the neighbourhood.
Please stay safe and save lives.
Our group rides are back, albeit with some COVID-friendly restrictions. British Cycling have produced guidance on the safe running of club rides, to adhere to current government guidance. As a club we must ensure we run the groups in a way that will keep all our riders safe.
Most importantly, if you or any of your household show any symptoms of COVID-19, or have been asked to self-isolate, do not turn up. The club may consider this a disciplinary issue.
- In-line with government and British Cycling guidelines, NCCC rides will be strictly limited to 6 people per group (including the ride leader).
- Riders will have to pre-register via a Google Form to ensure that groups are limited to 6 and that there are sufficient ride leaders. Members will not be able to ride if they have not signed up in advance – this will be strictly enforced. Anyone trying to join in on the day will be asked to leave. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1uSWeIwYx91uIxlnwQJtoClsU6d39Rfqa/view?usp=sharing
- If a ride leader has not volunteered and added their name to the sign-on sheet then unfortunately the ride will not go ahead.
- The sign-on sheet will be made available each week when the rides are published and riders are requested to have signed on 48 hors before the ride.
- Spaces are given to riders on a first come first served basis, though please only sign up if you are confident you are going to be able to ride. If your plans change, please remove your name from the sign-on sheet and if the ride is already full place a message on WhatsApp or email the Club that a place has come available. If the ride leaders plans change then they should try to arrange another ride leader as replacement. Either directly to other members of the group using WhatsApp or through the Ride Captain if they are not using WhatsApp.
- Only members will be able to ride, no guest riders will be allowed. This ensures we have all riders contact details.
Attending a ride
- Start times for each group will be staggered to ensure that people congregating at the shop are kept to a minimum. The times will be available on the sign-on sheet. Aim to arrive promptly before group is due to roll out. As groups will be departing at different times, please do not arrive too early to keep the number of people congregating to a minimum
- Designated areas will be set aside at the carpark for each group
- Social distancing of 2 metres (or 1m+ with mitigations) should be observed at all times.
- Maintain good hygiene practices at all times. In particular, avoid spitting, sneezing and coughing that could affect nearby riders or the general public. We would recommend that hands are washed and sanitised regularly.
- In these circumstances, it is even more important that riders should be as self-sufficient as possible in dealing with mechanicals. We advise that each rider deals with their own mechanicals so as to maintain social distancing (friendly advice may be offered by your fellow group members!)
- The Revolution Café will be open post ride but please follow the guidelines of the Rev and Cotswold Cycles.
- If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 or receive a positive test having recently attended a Club Ride, please make the Club aware, so that people you have been in contact with can be informed. It is likely any official Track and Trace would also follow up on this.
The reputation of the club and the safety of everyone relies on all taking part in club runs following current government guidance and we will need you to work with us on this one. Riders take part at their own risk. However, we still hope to make sure these rides are fun and allow you to enjoy the roads of our beautiful countryside with good company.
Happy and safe riding!
The NCCC club kit order window is now open! You can now purchase one of those very stylish pink cycling caps that I know you’ve been waiting for all year…
The window is open from today until the 31st of July and it should then take around 4-5 weeks for the kit to be delivered. However, under the current circumstances there may be some delays in getting your kit to you.
I have attached the link to the store and a link to the sizing guide for Champion System.
If you have any questions, please do contact me and I’ll help you out.
I hope we are all well and holding up in this uncharted territory?
After conversations over the past few days and now some very decisive information from British Cycling it has been decided that we as a Club will cease all activities until further notice and further professional advice as and when it becomes available to us. To be clear this covers all Club Runs and Go Ride events.
We have not taken this decision without very careful consideration and we hope that you understand and support us in this time.
You will see the British Cycling release below.
Again I thank you all and remember just because you cant ride with the Club you can get out on your own and in the words of David you can go Solo, Solo, Solo! At least we are still able to ride ,unlike our friends in Europe, even the Pros in Spain are being fined for being out on their bicycles!
Take very good care of you and yours and we will be in touch with any updates as and when they become available.
British Cycling guidance for Covid-19 attached:
Based on the Government’s latest advice and guidance on the developing situation around Coronavirus/COVID19, British Cycling has suspended all of its sanctioned, cycling activities, initially until April 30.
This includes (but is not limited to):
– Competitive events at all levels – Non-competitive, registered events (eg sportives, reliability trials) – Recreational rides (throughout our suite of programmes including HSBC UK Breeze, HSBC UK Guided Rides, HSBC UK Ride Social, Let’s Ride Pop-up) – All educational courses or activities (eg coaching courses, Ride Leader courses, commissaire courses)
The decision has been taken based on Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s caution against unnecessary travel and contact with others, to take the necessary steps to protect the health and wellbeing of riders, officials, volunteers and spectators, and alleviate the risk of an additional burden on the emergency services at what is a hugely testing time.
We would strongly encourage all levels of the cycling community to join with British Cycling and the rest of the country in doing all we can to halt the spread of the virus in the midst of what is an unprecedented situation, however we recognise that this news will be disappointing, and potentially worrying, for some.
British Cycling chief executive Julie Harrington said: “This was not a decision taken lightly and it is one we have taken in close cooperation with our colleagues at Scottish Cycling and Welsh Cycling.
“We fully understand and appreciate the financial, social and community impact that this suspension could have, and we are working now to ensure that cycling is in the best possible health once the suspension can be lifted.
“As I’m sure everyone can appreciate, these are truly unprecedented circumstances, and while we will be doing all we can to retain a sense of normality and continuity, it may take some time to return to full capacity as an organisation and as a sport once this situation has been resolved.
“We will continue to update our members with more information, and will be doing everything within our power to support those who have contributed to the rich cycling culture that this country boasts.”
Starting from the 6th April there will be two Saturday rides leaving from Cotswold Cycles:
9:30am – 35/40 mile café ride 15/16mph
10:30am – 20mile intro ride ~12mph
See you there! And for Saturday 6th April only
5pm – A one off ride to celebrate the birthday of the The Revolution Cafe! If you can’t make the ride please drop in from 6pm!
The order window is now open and there’s good news… the caps now come in white and even pink!
The window is open from now until Sunday the 3rd March and orders will arrive early April. Throughout February we’ll have some sizes to try on after the ride if you’re unsure on sizing. Otherwise, here’s a link to the sizing guide:
The link to order that jersey that you’ve being eyeing up whilst drafting behind your fellow club mates is just here:
As 2018 draws to a close, NCCC wishes all its members a very Happy New Year!
In 2018 the club amassed a record 170 members and we look forward to growing that number in 2019. As in previous years, the membership is renewed at the beginning of the year, but the good news is that it stays at £10 for seniors and £5 for juniors and you still enjoy the same benefits. For those 9 members who renewed after 1st September 2018, you don’t need to do anything as your membership continues into 2019
Renewals are straightforward and quick on the BC website: https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/club/profile/6068/north-cotswold-cc
If anyone has any issues with their renewal then please let me know
The Autumn Ambler routes have been have been finalised and are as follows:
Please remember that the route will not be marked and it will be the rider’s responsibility to navigate themselves.
Hope to see many of you there. It will be a great day and we will be raising funds for a great cause
As we align our contact preferences with new data protection (GDPR) law, only members registered via the online British Cycling tool will receive club emails in future, including group ride details. The old website that includes our distribution lists is being phased out and all data will be deleted.
If you aren’t yet a member and wish to join please find more information here