2021 Season Notes:
June 16, 2021
The 2021 weekly ride season began Friday March 12, 2021. Rides have been held almost every week since (only one weather related cancellation so far 🙂 ). One or two small groups of 2-6 riders each, practising safe social distancing have participated each week.
This week (June 15), the province of British Columbia issued an update to the Provincial Health Order (PHO) with respect to “Gatherings and Events”. The update is part of a staged relaxation of restrictions provided certain metrics are achieved. This stage was predicated on successfully hitting vaccination target numbers in BC and decreasing COVID-19 cases in the province. “Adult Group Sport” has been assimilated into other categories and is now simply “Sport”. The maximum allowed number of outdoor sport participants has been increased to 50. The CCCTS Board and the Comox Valley Chapter are recommending a much lower limit for group rides. Reasons are explained in the “Protocols” document which can be accessed from the link below.
These protocols are guided by the current PHO and the “CCCTS National Safetly Plan”. The safety plan is posted elsewhere on this website and a link to it is also included in the “Protocols” document. One item of note, as of June 15, one of the changes to the safety plan is the elimination of the requirement to sign a special COVID-19 waiver prior to participating in weekly rides.
Contact tracing is still a requirement. For this reason, and to control the size of riding groups, the need to preregister for rides remains in place. However, due to the lifting of the waiver requirement, the signup form is now open to all Comox Valley Chapter members whose membership is in good standing.
Riders are referred to Comox Valley Rides – 2021 Protocols With COVID-19 Restrictions for more information and for instructions on how to register for rides.
These protocols are subject to revision as COVID-19 status in the province changes and the PHO on “Gatherings and Events” is updated. Check the above link often.
A final note…check the Google Photos link below for uploaded photos and a running diary of the weekly ride program.
February 27, 2021
The Chapter encourages all its members to share their cycling experiences through photos. A photo album in Google Photos is currently open for interested users to upload, view and/or comment on 2021 pictures.
Photos from 2020 are available for viewing and commenting only. New uploads to the 2020 album are now closed.
The Comox Valley chapter runs weekly Friday road rides from approximately mid-March to mid-October. Some mixed surface rides are also organized but they are not as frequent and occur on various days of the week based on the ride coordinator’s preference. The guidelines that the chapter follows in setting up the annual ride schedule are summarized here.
End of 2020 Season Notes:
October 2, 2020
Well, COVID-19 definitely played havoc with our attempts to run club sanctioned rides this season. Barring a widespread vaccine rollout in the first half of 2021, the start of the 2021 season may very well be much like today.
Attempts to run club sanctioned rides in 2020 by following the protocols issued July 14, 2020 in this email were not successful. Over the winter we’ll put our thinking caps on and see if we can come up with some revised protocols for spring rides if physical distancing is still to be adhered to.
Regrettably, all remaining rides on the 2020 schedule are cancelled. 😥
If you have any questions about the Comox Valley rides please contact Eamonn Ryan at email@example.com