Covid-19 advice following revised BC guidelines
You may be wondering whether club rides might start up again following the recent guideliines from British Cycling that say club activities can resume.
The short answer is, not yet.
I don't feel that we're currently ready as a club to put in place all the requirements that would be needed to run a club run under the current guidelines. Principally we have to adhere to the 6 people meeting outside from different households rule and the 1 metre plus rule that begins on Saturday. British Cycling require us to put together a risk assessment for our activity and we need to be able to give advice to ride leaders about first aid provision, splitting groups into 6 and riding in a socially distanced manner whilst not damaging the reputation of the club and cycling as a whole whilst on the road. On top of that we also need to register who is attending the rides in order to aid track and trace activity.
We will be discussing all these issues during the next week so hopefully we'll be able to give you some more news next week, by which time the guidance will probably have changed again anyway!
In the meantime, please read the BC guidance here -> https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/about/article/20200618-about-bc-news-British-Cycling-announces-reintroduction-of-club-and-group-activity-0 and if you do go out in groups, please make sure you follow the BC and government guidelines at all times.
Thank you for your patience
Think about infection, think about whether you could compromise the emergency services, think about someone that might have to rescue you, think about the perception that others will have about the actions that you take and don't try to justify any unreasonable behaviour. Use some common sense.
Stay safe and look forward to cycling with you on the other side.
The SDCC Committee
As one of the longest established cycling clubs in Suffolk (and it has to be said, one of the friendliest), Stowmarket & District Cycle Club offers a range of activities covering just about every cycling discipline you can think of.
From leisure/cafe riders to budding time trialists and road racers, from mountain biking to cyclo-cross, our inclusive club welcomes everyone - all you need is a bike, helmet, and sense of humour.
A club like no other
The first thing you'll notice about our riders (other than their very fetching matching yellow and black kit) is their ride discipline.
We ride two abreast on club rides because it is safer for us (because it forces cars to only overtake when it is safe to do so), and easier and quicker for cars to get past. It also happens to be a very social way of riding.
If you've never ridden in a group before don't worry, other members out on the ride will show you what to do, how to hold your line and tell you about the signals we use to warn each other of obstacles.
It's important you always keep your eyes and ears open, and control your speed. Club rides are not a race and the idea is to maintain a constant pace (that everyone's comfortable with) so no sprinting when it's your turn on the front.
On top of our weekend club rides, SDCC is very active in the local cycling scene organising:
- Four evening 10 mile time trails (as part of the Ipswich and District Cycle Association series)
- Open 10 and 20 miles time trials (some as part of the SPOCO East series)
- A Regional B Road Race
- A Sportive in August
- A Cyclocross in January
- Reliability Ride in February
Sportives and racing
If you fancy taking on the challenge of a sportive, the club usually has a large presence at the local and national events so you'll have someone to ride with.
Keep an eye on our Facebook page for details or put a shout out yourself if you fancy some company on your next challenge.
If speed is your thing, why not try out our Sunday ride or Chain Gang Tuesday (summer months only)?
For those that aspire to be the next Chris Froome or Lizzie Deignan, we have a number of racers in our ranks that are happy to help you get started (criterium, road racing, time trialling, triathlon and cyclo-cross).
Keeping in touch
There is always something happening within the club. Our main form of communication is through our Facebook Page. So to make sure you hear about our rides and social activities feel free to like our page.
Join the SDCC family
If you like what you've heard so far, why not join us?
On top of meeting a great bunch of people, membership also entitles you to discounts at a range of local businesses.
To join up, download the application form and send it to the address shown.
If you want to 'try before you buy', why not come along to one of our weekend club rides - you're welcome to come along two or three times before deciding whether to join.
For more information get in touch, we'd love to hear from you.