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Skydog

Member since Aug 2016 • Last active Apr 2021
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  • in Glasgow
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    Let the confusion begin!!

    Non-contact sport in groups of up to 15 from Friday As per FM statement happening now. Lets see if SC decide to follow the same advice...

  • in Glasgow
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    I got a decent ride in at the weekend out over the Dukes and back via Callander, Kippen, Crow and Bishopbriggs. Nice to get some elevation in the legs but I still don't eat enough while out riding. Also should have ridden on Sunday instead of Saturday, conditions were pretty poor and I probably didn't dress as warmly as I should have.

    Planning a double/triple Tak Crow this weekend if the weather holds.

  • in Glasgow
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    I hadn't heard about these. I've followed the data fairly closely and, even before any distancing was introduced, it seems outdoor events have very limited effect on infection rates. As the R number goes up this could change, but if people are being sensible then it's probably not going to cause any problems. It's why I'm never going to report or moan about a group of cyclists I see out, I'll just say that it's happening. I see much bigger groups of people stood round in the park every day.

    I agree though, the look of it isn't good and it's definitely picking loopholes. I also think that sentence about stretching things out is nonsense too. Opening venues before the infection was well under control is what kick-started us towards this current lockdown. Now vaccination is underway it seems stupid to rush things through and possibly end up in another lockdown. I reckon it's probably born out of enormous worry and frustration.

    Like you, I have massive sympathy for the people currently out of work and facing the loss of their jobs. The government should be paying people's wages and making sure venues aren't plunged into debt (and so should the venue owners because that's exactly how Capitalism is meant to work. you can't reap the benefits and then demand someone else solves the issue when something bad happens). Everything they say the event is about can be done either solo/small groups, for exercise, or in a distanced manner, for keeping in touch with each other. We've probably all got used to video chats etc. by now.

  • in Glasgow
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    Assuming everything stays the same, yes, clubs will have to organise activities with a COVID coordinator and all names and numbers need to be logged for, I think, 21 days. That's how we were running Glasgow Wheelers rides and Lomond Roads were doing rides before they completely stopped. We were supposed to distance on the roads as best we could, so I used to do Wheelers rides in the lanes making it easier, but lots of clubs just went back to normal riding with limited numbers and the rules allow for that.

    I reckon chaingangs will start up very quickly, particularly the ones that aren't really club-affiliated like the Bundy. I think the Southside bunch might start up for those in the know as they're VC associated and won't want people having a go at them. Similar with the EK bunch. I saw a few groups from clubs out in the lanes last weekend as well, so group riding is happening at the moment and they were in club kit so not difficult to know who they were.

    My biggest issue with it is that if you're not in a BC club and just ride with mates, you can start cycling again in level 3, but if you are in a BC club there's pressure to adhere to BC rules. It's not been well thought out and SC have said they're in communication with the Government around this, so really it's on them to make sure their rules either align with the government rules or there's a clear explanation as to where their rules apply and don't apply. It puts people in a difficult position as none of us want to be seen as just ignoring the rules.

    I'm with you and @M_V on this (and probably sound like a broken record!), a small bunch of us riding once outdoor activity is allowed seems perfectly fine to me, as long as we're all sensible and don't turn up feeling ill/let each other know if we do get sick etc. That's in compliance with the Government rules as they are at the moment.

  • in Glasgow
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    That's pretty much exactly how I feel. I'm fine riding in smaller groups. I'd feel a bit weird about riding out in groups of 8-10+ people as soon as lock-down ends, but I don't see we can't do what clubs do, especially as we're more likely to let each other know if we get ill etc.

  • in Glasgow
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    From the government documents there's no indication is should be from what I can see. The problem is everyone is assuming that the government means individual cycling and group cycling has to follow the regulations set out by SC, but that's not stated anywhere. Arguably SC regulates club rides and racing, so it's possible the government thinks SC are regulating racing, not just general riding, or they do think everyone should follow SC guidance. I don't want to be one of those people who's trying to pick holes to allow me to do what I want, but it's all a bit confusing, especially as the SC regulations essentially says only paid up clubs can ride as groups for the foreseeable future.

  • in Glasgow
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    Thanks, looks good. I'm down for the Torvelo Zwift APR at the weekend but might get outside instead as the weather looks ok again.

    Based on the current SC rules and announcements it's looking like end of April for groups of 7 with a COVID co-ordinator involved (basically only BC registered clubs allowed to ride together...). This is where it all gets a bit difficult, because club group riding is permitted long before non-club group riding and all non-contact sport will likely return before non-club group riding is supposed to happen.

  • in Glasgow
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    Non-one wants to be in the forlorn hope though. At least the light is coming back.

  • in Glasgow
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    I no longer have Strava unfortunately.

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