Our club’s email distribution lit up like a firestorm this morning with the announcement of cancellations of all club rides.
Lots of contributions to the discussion, both from lay folks referencing scientific articles and directly from experts within the Stanford medical community (our club is based in Silicon Valley, CA).
The salient points leading to the decision:
Social Distancing: Health advisories on social distancing are for 2 meters or 6 feet (depending on your source). For club rides, this is genearlly an issue at the start of rides and at rest stops.
Airborne Germs: In cycling terms, these were described as snot rockets, coughs and sneezes. Also included is breathing (exhalation) by those affected by the disease that may or may not be aware of it. All such germs are easily transported by the air during moderate or fast paced club rides, and group rides in general.
The sentiment by club members was overwhelmingly supportive of the club’s decision.
Subsequent to this discussion, numerous club members rallied around the idea, and plan to implement, virtual rides/racing on Zwift to take place at the same time as our previous club rides. For those that are members of cycling clubs:
- Has your club implemented any actions with regards to group rides?
- If so, what actions have they taken?