A Simple Guideline to Best Practices for Mountain Bikers and Families during COVID-19

The Cycling Co, together with governing bodies in cycling, have developed a set of guidelines and practical advice, to help provide direction for our riders.  We have adapted our business policies to operate safely within the current requirements set by local government and health official regulations.  Our intention is to provide “informational” resources that may be updated, revised, or withdrawn at any time according to current data. 

By keeping a distance from other people, we not only decrease the risk of infecting ourselves but also decrease the risk of unintentionally infecting others. It is therefore imperative these guidelines be strongly followed when participating in any of our programs with The Cycling Co.

Below are ways to prevent, prepare and proceed during our rides.

Before you leave the house for your ride – 

  • Before leaving your home, practice a daily self-assessment check, like the one below. If you answer “yes” to any question, cancel your planned lesson and avoid going on a ride.  Please call, text or email us to let us know you are not able to attend.
  • Do not go come to a ride if you:
    • feel ill or have ANY COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how minor (fever, cough, runny nose, congestion, aches, sore throat, muscle fatigue).
    • have been in contact with a sick person within the last 14 days.

The Cycling Co GUIDELINES to ride during COVID-19

  • Take it easy and ride within your limits! This is not the time to have an accident and expose anyone riding with you. We do not want to bring further stress to the medical system. Maintain this message during each ride and if you are a parent, please consider having this talk with your child before (we will reiterate at the beginning of the ride too!)
  • If a participant/family shows up with signs of sickness, you will be asked to go home.  We can not have ANYONE sick nor someone from a house that is sick.  Our Coaches need to stay healthy and have families to go home to too. 
  • There will be NO hand shakes, high fives , fist bumps or hugs. It’s tempting but we must keep the minimum distance and we encourage everyone to do the same.
  • Be prepared! Sharing tools, equipment and supplies is no longer permitted. You must be self contained if something happens during a ride.  If First Aid is required, our Instructors will have a mask, gloves, hand sanitizer and supplies to keep themselves and our riders safe. But please remember to have an extra tube, hand pump, snacks and water.
  • We will guide each participant to perform their own bike and equipment check, before each ride.  This will reduce the chance of mechanicals and incidents during the ride.  Things happen, and we won’t leave you stranded,  but we are asking you to help us help you.
  • During our ride, we will keep space to help reduce the transmission of the virus through heavy breathing  between riders.  If it is difficult terrain, we will find creative ways to watch, instruct and demonstrate.
  • We will be avoiding riding in or with large groups. This will reduce the chance of transmitting or catching the virus while still getting out and hitting some trails
  • Coughing during a ride.  If you need to cough, sneeze or spit, please use a tissue or cough into your elbow or shirt. Use hand sanitizer immediately if soap and water is not available.
  • We strongly encourage everyone to wash their bike and equipment thoroughly after each ride, especially high contact areas (bars, seat, breaks, etc).
  • Only travel with people within your own household, when traveling to and from trails.
  • Please park your vehicle with social distancing in mind. 

We, at The Cycling Co, take your health and ours very seriously and promise to do our very best to keep you and your loved ones safe while getting fresh air and hitting the trails.  We will be following strict local and provincial health guidelines, staying on top of current information and adapting accordingly.  If you ever have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us.  It is a new time for everyone, but even Dr. Bonnie Henry says “Get outside!  Explore our beautiful backyard!” April, 2020.