We are pleased to be able to return to running a normal reliability ride this year which will take place on Sunday 20th February from Fynn Valley Golf Club Terrace Cafe. See full details below.
The AGM minutes from November 11th have now been published in the AGM Section. Here you will be able to see what hapenned if you couldn’t make it and see a list of your new committee members for 2022.
THURSDAY, 11 NOVEMBER 2021 AT 19:00 at Ipswich Sports Club, Henley Road, Ipswich
This is the AGM for IBC where the current committee is dissolved and a new one formed to manage the club over the next year. It is important that club members attend as it will give you chance to see and meet who is running the club and maybe get involved yourself if you so wish. Nibbles and snacks will be provided.
There will be some committee positions up for grabs – Welfare Officer male, Social Event organiser, male and female club reps, youth secretary, MTB secretary. If you are interested in any of these positions please email firstname.lastname@example.org and talk to any committee member about what may be involved. If you as a member would like to nominate or put forward any item for the AGM to discuss and vote on then please send in writing to email@example.com via email. All nominations must be lodged with the club secretary by midnight on Sat 6th November in order to be considered for inclusion in the AGM agenda which will be sent out in advance of the meeting on week beginning Mon 8th Nov.
Welcome to the latest edition of the IBC newsletter which is to be published quarterly following on from the recent member survey where you indicated that you would like to know about and see more events that the club are organising for you.
This Newsletter contains a welcome from the new Chair Tracy McKenzie and has a list of all the events we are planning on running with dates between now and the end of this year. Please put the dates in your diary and join us if you are free.
From Monday 29th March we will be allowed to re-start cycling events and activities as part of the Government easing of COVID-19 restrictions.
What that means for Ipswich Bicycle Club
We can participate in organised events such as road time trials, road races, mountain biking, cycle speedway, track racing, cyclo-cross and Sportives. Full British Cycling guidance for organisers and participants can be found here Our-plan-to-resume-cycling-events-and-activities
For Group and Club events we can resume the Saturday Social Rides. Full British Cycling guidance for this can be found here The_Way_Forward_-_Groups_and_Clubs_-_March_2021
Taking the aspects that are particularly relevant for SSR please note the following:
1.2.1 Appropriate social distancing must be maintained before, after and when not
actively participating in cycling activities.
1.2.2 British Cycling-affiliated Club rides or recreation programme rides, which
adhere to the guidance set out, can take place with up to 15
participants, on highways, trails and tracks. Informal riding (i.e., groups of friends
meeting to ride together) will still be limited to the Rule of Six.
Note: IBC Ride Leader guidelines suggest groups of no more than 10 and is at the Ride Leaders discretion on how comfortable they feel.
1.2.5 Social interaction before and after cycling activities should only take place
outdoors, and in separate and distinct groups consisting of up to six people or
2.1 Guidance for group and club rides
While many people will be keen to resume club and group activity it is imperative
that all participants set an example and follow these guidelines to ensure that the
risk of infection/transmission of the virus is minimised.
Strong hand hygiene should be practiced by all involved before, during and after
all cycling activity.
2.2 Before the activity
2.2.1 Participants must not attend a ride or session if they have Covid-19
symptoms, have someone in their household who does and are in the extremely
vulnerable category or if they have been asked to remain at home by the UK
Government test and trace system.
2.2.2 At this step of the Government’s roadmap, you should minimise time spent
outside your home, but you can leave your home to exercise and take part in
informal and organised sport and physical activity. You should always check that
it’s safe to travel before you set out to take part in cycling activities.
2.2.3 Carefully consider the risks when planning your route, avoiding busy areas
where possible, and consider how social distancing measures may impact on the
activity, including things like the areas where you start, stop or take a break.
2.2.4 Participants planning to attend a facility for a ride or session should check
if it is open and what additional Covid-secure measures are in place.
2.2.5 Consider the space needed for club activities, ensuring that participants
are able to maintain appropriate social distancing while not riding.
2.2.6 Where possible all bookings and consent forms should be completed
online prior to the session or activity. Where this is not possible clubs should write
down the details of participants.
2.2.7 Ensure all participants are aware of the safety guidelines and what is
expected before, during and after the activity, including what participants are
expected to do to maintain compliance with social distancing guidelines and all
other health, hygiene and safety guidelines.
2.2.8. Participants should not stay away from home overnight for sport and
2.3 During the activity
2.3.1 Participants must practice good respiratory hygiene during the activity
(i.e. coughing, sneezing into a tissue or the crook of an elbow).
2.3.2 Riders will be required to maintain a ‘one metre plus’ distance from others
2.3.3 When riding two abreast, we advise that riders should aim to stay beside
the same rider for as much of the ride as possible
2.3.4 Clubs and groups which do not feel confident or comfortable riding in
groups of 15 at this stage are permitted and encouraged to set a lower limit which
is appropriate for their own circumstances.
2.3.5 Ensure all health and safety and emergency First aid guidelines are followed.
2.3.6 Participants must provide their own equipment and refreshments and avoid
sharing the like of water bottles and food.
2.3.7 Exercise within your personal physical and technical limitations to try and
avoid additional burden on the NHS and the First aiders present.
2.3.8 In line with government guidelines, masks or face coverings are not
required while taking part in cycling activities. All forms of face coverings may
restrict breathing efficiency and should not be used during exercise unless your
doctor advises it.
2.3.8 Refreshment stops are permitted, however at these points you should
default to the Government’s general guidance for social meetings and split into
wholly separate groups of no more than six riders. Individuals shouldn’t move
between different groups during your stop.
You should also make yourself aware of and adhere to all other guidance put in
place by the establishment.
2.4 After the activity
2.4.1 Participants should wash/sanitise their hands after the session.
2.4.2 Participants leaving the activity must maintain social distancing.
2.4.3 If a participant or coach develops Covid-19 symptoms within two days of
taking part in British Cycling activity, they should first ensure that they follow NHS
Test and Trace guidance. This means self-isolating, booking a test and informing
NHS Test and Trace of relevant contacts if the test is positive. They should also
inform the Club, leader or coach so that the other participants can be quickly
informed and take the necessary steps in line with NHS Test and Trace guidelines
When asked by NHS contact tracers, coaches, leaders and club volunteers are
permitted to share details of participants where relevant to support the process.
When informing other participants, a club, leader or coach should not name the
person who tested positive when informing others in order to protect their privacy,
unless there is a specific reason as to why they need to do so.
9am Sunday 21st March
Zwift – Surrey Hills
As outdoor group rides remain restricted, we are doing the next best thing and running a group Reliability Ride on Zwift starting at 9am on Sunday 21st March. The ride will be about 50 miles (two laps of the Surrey Hills route) with the option to only do one lap for those looking for a shorter ride. The event is open to all including non IBC members and other local clubs. The ride will be set up on Zwift the week before so please put it in your diary now! If you would like an invite, please follow me (Chris Rudolph) on Zwift and let me know in the comments below. I hope that we will have ride leaders riding at varying speeds on the day. If you would like to volunteer let me know. Looking forward to seeing you on the ride. If you have any questions please get in touch. Chris
Save the date – Thursday 1st April 2021 @ 19:30
Lt Col Christina “Chris” Murray, time trial specialist, set a new record for the York to Edinburgh route on 2 Oct 2019, cycling the 186 miles in 9 hours 4 minutes and 55 seconds – beating a record set in 1954. To say that she is proficient in long distance races would be an understatement. We are excited to announce that Chris Murray will be talking to IBC on 1st April 2021 at 19:30hrs. Teams invite to follow soon.
How can I continue to ride?
Under the new restrictions you are permitted to cycle, and we would encourage you to do so, while following these rules:
- You should only ride alone, with your household/support bubble or one other person.
- Stay local, ride within your limits and ensure you are self-sufficient. ?
- Leave the house to exercise only once each day. ?
- Keep a safe distance from others and practice good respiratory hygiene (i.e., no spitting, use a tissue).
- You can only leave your home to exercise, and not for the purpose of leisure (such as a picnic or a coffee break). ?
- If you need to travel, such as to work or go to the shops, you are encouraged to cycle where possible.?
What do you mean by local?
Last month British Cycling, along with British Triathlon and Cycling UK, wrote to the Government to ask for clarity on the use of the world local in its published guidance for the current national lockdown.
In his response, the Minister for Sport reiterated the importance of exercise for our physical and mental wellbeing, and stressed that riders should remain as local as possible while exercising and use their common sense to determine what is and is not a reasonable distance – reflecting the fact that each individual will have different personal circumstances.
As a result of this, our recommendation is that you should ride from your front door where possible, ride within your ability and ensure that you are self-sufficient. If you do need to travel for exercise, you should do this as close to home as possible. We all have our part to play in reducing the spread of the virus, and by riding responsibly and taking extra precautions (such as avoiding crowded areas) we’ll be helping to keep ourselves and our communities safe.