2021 Season Notes:
May 10, 2021
The 2021 weekly ride season began Friday March 12, 2021. A number of rides have been held in the ensuing weeks. One or two small groups of 2-6 riders each, practising safe social distancing have participated each week.
This week (May 7), the province of British Columbia issued an update to the Provincial Health Order (PHO) with respect to “Gatherings and Events”. The update was in response to increasing COVID-19 cases in the province. The limit on outdoor “Adult Group Sport” however, remained unchanged at 10 participants maintaining 3 metres distance from each other. The limit of 10 was set on March 24 and is the basis for the current protocols that govern the Comox Valley weekly ride program.
In other words, we continue to operate under the same set of protocols that were put in place in March.
These protocols adhere to the then and current PHO and the “CCCTS National Safetly Plan”. Furthermore, the CV Chapter decided to be more cautious and limit the group ride size to 6 rather than the 10 maximum allowed under the PHO. Reasons are explained in the “Protocols” document which can be accessed from the link below. The stated intent was to increase the group size over time if there was sufficient interest. So far no one has expressed interest in riding in groups larger than 6. As more of us get vaccinated, this may change and we will continue to monitor the situation.
Riding groups will continue to be restricted to current Comox Valley Chapter members who have signed a special waiver acknowledging the “elevated risk of contracting or being exposed to viruses, contagious diseases or other illnesses that may be present in the general population”. To ensure that group size does not exceed the limit set by the Chapter or individual group Ride Leader, riders will still be required to pre-register for rides.
Riders are referred to Comox Valley Rides – 2021 Protocols With COVID-19 Restrictions for detailed instructions on how to obtain the waiver and 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 firstname.lastname@example.org