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Official Club Statements About Covid-19

Current Message from BC Randonneurs Club Directors:

RETURN TO RIDE UNDER COVID-19
DIRECTORS’ UPDATE 01 July 2020

On 24 June, the provincial government announced their decision to move to Phase 3 of the BC Covid-19 Restart Plan and remove the travel restrictions within BC. The BC Randonneurs are today, 1 July 2020, implementing a careful restart of our club activities in accordance with the frame of reference outlined in our 19 June Directors’ Update.

Covid-19 Rules for Riders
All riders must read, review, and agree to follow the new Covid-19 Rules for Riders. These cover:
• restrictions on who may ride our events
• new hands-off registration processes for permanents and brevets
• physical distancing requirements for individuals and ride groups
• a new section on the Control Card, the ‘Contact List’, to log the names of the other riders in your group. This is to support contact tracing.
• restrictions on group size (4) and the total number of contacts allowed per event (6)
• an Outbreak Action Plan that outlines your notification obligations and those of the club

Covid-19 Waiver
All riders must read, review, and agree to a new Waiver of Liability specific to the risks associated with Covid-19.

Brevets
As of 1 July, we will begin offering brevets for the remainder of the year.

Most brevets will feature a ‘ride window’ of multiple dates instead of one specific date. Riders will be able to specify their start time when they register, but there will be limits on the number of riders starting per time slot. Certain events may also be limited to experienced randonneurs only.

All brevet registration must be done 3 days in advance of the selected start time. Monitor the home page and the Ride Schedule for the links to appear when registration is open. Expect some schedule adjustments over the next few days as we look to finalize the Calendar.

Registration is now open for the “Mabel in the Middle” 200, but restricted to only 20 riders, all who must have successfully ridden at least one brevet in 2019. The ride window is set for July 4 and 5. This event will be used as a test of the new processes and also serve as an ‘on-the-road’ evaluation of our new Rules.

Brevets will all be ‘self-guided’. There will be no organizer support provided and no volunteers to greet riders at the start, finish or anywhere along the route. Controls will be information type and self-signed. Riders must print their own route sheet and Control Card.

Pins will be mailed out at the end of the season.


Permanents
As of 1 July, riders may ride Permanents again. The current Permanent ride registration procedures are unchanged except for a new requirement for riders to read and agree to the terms of the new Covid-19 Waiver, in addition to those of the Event Waiver.

Permanent riders are required to follow the Covid-19 Ride Rules.

Revisions are forthcoming to the criteria for the BC-12 award to accommodate the Covid-19 lockdown periods.

Populaires
We hope to be able to run Populaires in 2021.

Feedback
Please contact us at directors@randonneurs.bc.ca or individually with any questions, concerns or recommendations as we carefully make our way back onto the road.

Directors
BC Randonneurs Cycling Club

 


Archive of Covid-19 related official BC Randonneur club messages:

17 March 2020

In the interest of supporting global and local efforts to restrict the transmission of the COVID-19 coronavirus, the directors of the BC Randonneurs have indefinitely postponed all events scheduled to occur between 21 March through to 25 April.

This action is consistent with that taken by Cycling BC, ACP, SIR, Randonneurs Ontario and Audax UK, among other organizations. Further schedule adjustments will be reassessed next on 2 April and on-going as the situation evolves.

At this time, there is no change to the Permanent program, although the directors will monitor closely with respect to prevailing health directives.

All members are strongly encouraged to respect the current recommendations from public health authorities on social distancing and hygiene practices.

Thank-you to all those who had stepped up to volunteer for these postponed events, both directly and behind the scenes, and also to the directors for contributing to these difficult but necessary decisions for the benefit of all of us.

Colin Fingler
President, BC Randonneurs

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Covid-19 Up-date

Message from Wednesday, April 8, 2020

In the interest of supporting global and local efforts to restrict the transmission of the COVID-19 coronavirus, the directors of the BC Randonneurs have indefinitely postponed all events scheduled to occur through to 30 June.

Further schedule adjustments will be reassessed next on 7 May, and on-going as the situation evolves.

The Permanents program was indefinitely suspended on 22 March. This suspension will continue.

All members are strongly encouraged to respect the current recommendations from public health authorities on social distancing and hygiene practices.

Thank-you to all those who had stepped up to volunteer for these postponed events, both directly and behind the scenes, and also to the directors for contributing to these difficult but necessary decisions for the benefit of all of us.

Colin Fingler
President, BC Randonneurs

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RETURN TO RIDE UNDER COVID-19
DIRECTORS UPDATE 19 June 2020

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the BC Randonneurs have to date suspended all events, including brevets, permanents and populaires since mid-March through until the 1st of July.

As of 19 June, BC is currently in Phase 2 of the BC provincial government’s Covid-19 Restart Plan, which allows for a limited return of various services and activities, including:
• Recreation and sports
• Restaurants, cafes and pubs
• Parks, beaches and outdoor spaces

However, under Phase 2, British Columbians are still being asked to “stay close to home and avoid any travel between communities that is not essential”. The BC Randonneur club directors agreed that riding even the minimum brevet or permanent distance of 200 km would be inconsistent with this travel restriction, and decided not to run any events until BC enters Phase 3, which encourages:
• Travel for tourism and recreation throughout BC
• Opening of small businesses, hotels and resorts

Until the BC provincial government announces Phase 4 and lifts restrictions on larger group gatherings, the club does not expect to be able to offer any Populaires.

In preparation for the restart of sport activities, the BC provincial government through viaSport, released the Return to Sport Guidelines for BC. Based on these general guidelines, Cycling BC has produced a set of cycling-specific Return to Play Guidelines for a Safe Return to Cycling, which the directors have reviewed in the context of restarting long-distance cycling events within BC.

Although the BC Randonneurs are not a Cycling BC affiliated club, the directors agreed that it would be diligent to adhere to the Cycling BC guidelines in a BC Randonneur-specific Covid-19 set of event procedures and requirements, to be implemented upon a re-start beginning in Phase 3.

The work to restart club activities is driven by a four-part frame of reference, namely:

A. DIRECTORS GOAL – Enable a careful restart of Randonneuring in BC to promote the physical/mental/emotional and social wellbeing of our member community, while protecting communities and respecting measures to slow the spread of Covid-19

B. RISK MITIGATION – recognize that ‘slowing the spread’ is achieved by:
1. Personal health awareness
2. Reducing Contact Intensity (Proximity x Duration)
3. Reducing number of contacts
4. Communication

C. MEANS – Develop procedures and requirements to:
1. Require self-assessment
2. Emphasize hygiene
3. Enable physical distancing
4. Manage group sizes
5. Include an Outbreak Response Plan

D. RESEARCH – Leverage the work of others, including:
1. viaSport Return to Sport Guidelines for BC 28 May 2020
2. Cycling BC Guidelines for a Safe Return to Cycling 4 June 2020
3. Consider the approaches of other Randonneur clubs, and local cycling and outdoor clubs

Within this frame of reference, nine action items have been identified to support a BC Randonneurs re-start under Phase 3 of the Covid-19 Re-start Plan.

1. Develop and implement a new on-line brevet registration process
2. Enable on-line payment of event fees
3. Enable on-line file submission of signed waivers and control cards
4. Develop a new BC Randonneurs Covid-19 liability waiver document
5. Develop new protocols and ‘Ride Requirements under Covid-19’ complete with an Outbreak Action Plan
6. Establish new registration support team
7. Clarify Insurance coverage and notification requirements
8. Reschedule event calendar and coordinate changes with organizers
9. Develop and implement a club restart communication plan

The club directors are working hard to complete these necessary steps and get our club in position to ride again soon.

Please contact us at directors@randonneurs.bc.ca or individually with any questions, concerns or offers to become more involved.

Hope to see you on the road in the very near future!

Directors
BC Randonneurs Cycling Club

 



June 28, 2020
Updated as needed
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