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A Letter to Southern California Cyclists

Updated: Feb 3

To Southern California Cyclists:


We all love riding in groups, and no matter whether it is because of the camaraderie we share, the ability to race with others, better safety and support, or just the enjoyment of suffering together, it has been difficult to give up group rides during the pandemic. I commend all of you that have stopped riding together so we can do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19. As a club or group leader I care about the safety of my members. You are my friends, teammates, and riding partners and I want everyone to be safe so we can enjoy riding together again once this is behind us. The leaders of the cycling organizations in the area agree that safety is paramount and the undersigned are in agreement with the following principles.


Riding Principles During the Pandemic


I. Cycling is important and we encourage our members to ride, indoors and outdoors, during the pandemic, but we encourage members to follow social distancing protocols.


II. At this time, clubs and groups are not promoting group rides. If you choose to ride outdoors, please ride only with those that you live with. Please do not ride in groups. Beyond the obvious health risks, the potential social and sponsor backlash could cause unforeseen problems for all of us.


III. Do not use our social media (i.e. Facebook, Strava, website, etc) to announce rides and please do not post photos of large group rides to social media.


IV. Group rides are not expected to resume until city, county, and state guidelines permit them. When group rides resume, there may be limits on group size and distancing that we will have to follow.


V. When riding outside please follow covid-19 cycling etiquette:

  1. Always have a face mask with you in case you need to enter a closed space, are riding through a city that requires one, or come upon others.

  2. Always check behind you or pull off the road or trail when you sneeze, cough, or expectorate. Better yet, carry a handkerchief.

  3. Be considerate when passing other riders, runners, and walkers by giving them a wide berth.

  4. Temporarily slow when other riders are passing you so they can get by you more quickly.

  5. Do not congregate at stop lights or trail crossings, keep social distancing.

  6. Keep in mind that social distance increases as your speed increases.

  7. Please ride safely, a trip to the hospital now could be bad for everyone.

As cyclists we know we can endure discomfort to reach our goal. Right now we are facing a very tough climb, but together we can do this. I look forward to your support.


Signed,


Eric Arentsen, Big Orange

Greg Leibert, Big Orange

Greg Seyranian, Big Orange

John Heffernan, Big Orange

Don Wolfe, Big Orange

Joann Zwagerman, Friendly Donut Ride (FDR)

Mario Obejas, Beach Cities Cycling Club

Gary Parsons, Beach Cities Cycling Club

Matthew Peck, Beach Cities Cycling Club

Laura Watts, Girlz Gone Riding (GGR)

Wendy Engelberg, Girlz Gone Riding (GGR)

Mandy (Norman) Genato, AdoboVelo

Mhel Mojica, AdoboVelo

Tasja Hwong, All Mountain Trail Riders (AMTR)

Kenneth Vinson, Methods to Winning

Rich Hirschinger, President Velo Club La Grange

Marco Fantone, Velo Club La Grange

Marc Lewinstein, Velo Club La Grange

Scott Johnson, SCNCA President, Serious Cycling

Travis Johnson, Major Taylor Cycling Club Los Angeles

Glen Banks, Cali Riderz


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