Resumption of Group Rides June 2020

June 2020 - Resumption of Group Rides
With the gradual easing of restrictions, Winchester CTC is in a position to resume limited group rides. We are planning a two-stage approach.

Informal rides
We know that some riders are already using their own contacts to arrange rides in small groups of up to 6 but often 2 or 3. However, we also know that there are some riders who do not have these contacts who would welcome the opportunity of going out with other riders.  Informal rides could help these riders.

If you are looking for someone to ride with on an informal basis, please contact the coordinator of the group that you normally ride with and they will seek to find a buddy or two for you. For the email address of your group, see the contact list on the website:
Alternatively, if you are a member of the informal WhatsApp groups that we have set up, please post a message there.

Informal rides are likely to continue for some time. As a CTC/Cycling UK member, your third-party insurance of course still applies but, as these are informal rides, there is no leader as such.

Interim Winchester CTC rides
Winchester CTC plans to offer pre-booked, rides with a designated leader, hopefully by 4th July 2020. These rides will be subject to the government guidance on social distancing and maximum group-size, etc. Individual leaders are free to reduce the group size if they wish and this and any other restriction will be advertised with the ride details.  Rides can be on any day of the week and at any time as we are aware that riders are currently available at different times than usual
We are in the process of contacting all leaders to ascertain whether they want to be included in the new scheme, to organise the first rides and to finalise the details. These will be circulated widely and also posted on the website as soon as they are available.

The interim rides will be advertised and booked via the Winchester CTC website.  This will include sufficient details to enable riders to book, e.g. day/date, approximate pace (using the existing pace guidelines on the website), distance, any refreshment options and booking information. The website will also have additional guidance to help both leaders and riders cope with the new situation.

It will only be possible to book a ride via the website but they will be publicised using our other communication channels such as the Winchester CTC Google Group.

This is very much an evolving situation and modifications may be necessary for various reasons, including of course changes in government guidance.  It is also dependent upon volunteers coming forward to lead these small-group rides. Please bear with us during the initial period.