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Your executive has sadly made the decision to cancel the much anticipated Good Friday Ride on April 10th, 2020. Our cycling season will also be postponed until further notice.
Attempts to ride in a group, however carefully we try to socially distance ourselves, is just not a good practice or example to set right now. The safety and well being of our club friends and our extended community are the primary concerns for all of us.
Some countries have completely banned cycling outside but that has not yet happened here. As Cyclist online magazine states: “By all means, as things stand, if you really want to ride outside, go and ride but keep it short, keep it sweet and do it either alone or, if lucky enough, with somebody that you live with.”
Until we all get through this and we will, ride your rollers or wind trainers, hike or ride safely outside. Until we ride together again, please don’t forget to share with other Freewheelers how you are and what you are doing through comments on this post or on our private Facebook page. We are exploring creative means of keeping in touch so any suggestions are very welcome.
Barb Spencer, President
Peter Reitknecht, Vice President
Jennifer Brady, Treasurer
Brenda Smith, Secretary
Ruth Louden, Web Administrator
As fellow GFW members, we are all dealing with COVID-19 and hope that you, your friends and family are safe and well.
In view of the current developments regarding the virus we want you to know our current thoughts about how to manage our activities. Our members’ safety is very important and the situation is evolving constantly.
Detailed recommendations are set out below, but we believe that we can still enjoy Great Fitness and Great Friends. Great Food is sadly suspended for now. Rides will not include social gatherings, pot lucks or lunches before, during or after our rides.
Unless the current situation changes, we believe that we can do what we all love to do: ride our bikes, even in groups, so long as we follow the advice of public health officials. It goes without saying that you should definitely not attend a GFW function if you are supposed to be self-isolating at home. Of course, the decision whether or not to participate in group rides, however socially distanced, is up to each and every one of you and we respect whatever decision you make in that regard.
Therefore, according to time honoured tradition, Ganaraska Freewheelers rides will commence on GOOD FRIDAY APRIL 10th. Wayne has already volunteered to prepare maps and be the ride leader on April 10th, the exact details of which will be posted as usual to our web page.
All rides until further notice will be treated as what we have always called ‘town hall’ rides but they can start from various locations where members can park and prepare for rides in spaces that allow for the two metre social distancing for pre- and after-ride preparations. Members will continue to be asked to host rides by selecting a route and start location. The usual request to print and bring your own maps continues.
We are taking the liberty of sharing the recommendations of the Oshawa Cycling Club created by their member Toni Moran, Senior Public Health Inspector, Durham Regional Health Department and we wish to thank the Club and Toni Moran for their consent to post the following:
Further details of the April 10th Season Opener ride and reminders about our Tuesday and Friday Coordinators will be posted to our website very soon.
Barbara Spencer, President + your Execs
- Peter Reitknecht, Vice President
- Brenda Smith, Secretary
- Jennifer Brady, Treasurer
- Ruth Louden, Webmaster
Recommendations of the Oshawa Cycling Club
1) Stay at home and do not ride or attend club events if you feel unwell even if symptoms seem mild. Symptoms related to COVID-19 can be:
- headache / runny nose
- difficulty breathing
- pneumonia in both lungs
- chest pain or pressure
2) Avoid all physical contact before during and after rides and maintain a 2- metre distance from other riders – no handshakes or hugs.
3) Practice good respiratory etiquette and cough or sneeze into your elbow well away from other riders.
4) Refrain from spitting and/or blowing your nose while riding if possible. If you must clear your nose or throat, fall well back behind all other riders to do so. Wash your hands or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer as soon as possible after.
5) Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
6) Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 15 seconds after riding, before eating, and after using the bathroom. If there is no hand-wash basin available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing 70% alcohol and use enough to allow hands to remain wet for 15 seconds. Consider carrying a small container of hand sanitizer in your jersey pocket or bike bag on all rides.
7) Launder riding gloves between each ride along with jerseys, shorts, riding sleeves, skull caps, etc.
8) Wash, rinse and sanitize water bottles after each ride – sanitize using a mild bleach solution containing 1/2 teaspoon regular household bleach in 1 litre of water.
I’m sharing a friendly invitation from Pete, your Tuesday Ride Coordinator.
It’s been a great season of cycling with lots of interesting and sometimes challenging routes, hosted at numerous restaurants and member homes with fabulous potluck feasts. Although the days are starting to get a little shorter, there’s lots of cycling season left. To keep the good times rolling, we need volunteers to host upcoming rides.
The remainder of August is covered off, but the majority of September and October Tuesday rides need a host. Please refer to the GFW ride calendar. It can be as easy as picking one of the tried and true routes that are in the GFW library and choosing one of your favourite restaurants for après-ride rewards – or if you’re more adventurous, why not pick a new location and develop your own route?
Please contact me at email@example.com if you want to sign up for one of the remaining Tuesday dates or if you have any questions.
Thanks very much / Peter
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On Jul 20, 2019, at 8:40 AM, Katherine Smith <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
This is a reminder that there will not be a Friday ride today. Also, your new Friday Ride Coordinator, Katherine, is calling on your support in her invitation below.
Calling all wonderful Freewheelers, all of the hostesses and hosts with the mostest. All of you who wish the opportunity to plan a potentially unforgettable event for your fellow Freewheelers . . . and of course, to have my undying respect and appreciation!
I am taking over the Friday night hosting duties. My goal is 100 percent covered – no Town Hall rides, no little note says “ride has no host”.
If we can achieve this, I am willing to host a Thanksgiving Palooza at mine on the Friday night of Thanksgiving. Wait. Heck. Right, I do that every year. Ok, if you can all help, undying love and support, and turkey still happens.
So let me know your date and choice. August has only one little date planned. Here’s to part 2 of the cycling season (already). Looking forward to seeing those of you signed up for our St Jacobs weekend. Remember, there is no ride today, unless, you want to get it out of your system and do a final “ride needs host” from a town hall.
Introducing your Friday Ride Coordinators:
- From April through July: Brian H.
- From August through October: Katherine
Here are your Ride Coordinators’ thoughts on how we’ll roll this season on Fridays:
Friday evening rides typically start at 5:30 PM.
The routes vary slightly in length but are usually around 50 km. There will always be a shorter, usually less hilly option of around 30 km.
We strongly encourage you to host one, or more, of these rides. Either you can host the ride from your home or from any other location in our riding area. Either way you need to decide upon a route (which could simply be one of the many routes available on our Wonderful Website!) and either provide (paper) maps or ask folks to download them.
Most members who host rides from their homes also host a pot-luck supper afterwards, but this is not essential. Alternatively, you may elect to host a ride from a location other than your home and simply arrange for somewhere for folks to eat (restaurant, pub, picnic, etc.).
Approximately once a month, we switch the Friday evening ride to a Saturday or Sunday morning ride, so you may wish to consider that as a hosting option.
The Calendar on the Website will inform you as to which rides have hosts. If it says “Ride Needs Host” then why not consider volunteering for it? Simply email the Ride Coordinator whose name and email address for that date will be provided in the calendar entry’s notes.
If by the Tuesday before the ride no-one has volunteered as host, then Plan B will kick in. In that case, the Calendar will say that the “Ride has No Host”. However, the Calendar and Website post will announce a starting location for the 5:30 PM ride and post a route map. It will be up to the participants to figure out where to eat after the ride. One of the Friday Coordinators may, or may not, be there. It is a testament to the quality of our wonderful Club that “PlanB” was rarely used last year.
Hosting a Friday ride can be quite painless – all you have to do is email your Ride Coordinator and say something like “I would like to host the ride on……”. Either include the starting location, route details and apres-ride eating arrangements in your email, or simply say something like “details to follow”.
As a reminder, here is the list of the Friday / Saturday hosts for the first half of last year. You may wish to volunteer to do something similar this year. Good Friday is later, so our traditional first ride will not be until Friday April 19th.
Friday March 31st (Good Friday): Brenda and Wayne
Friday April 6th: Jen P. (ride postponed until Friday April 20th)
Friday April 13th: Debra
Friday April 20th: Jen P.
Saturday April 28th: Brian H.
Friday May 4th: Ride cancelled due to wind!
Friday May 11th: Brenda & Wayne
Saturday May 19th: Jennifer & Andy
Friday May 25th: Anita & Randy
Friday June 1st: Barb & John
Friday June 8th: Debra P.
Friday June 15th: “Plan B”
Friday June 22nd: Marianne
Friday June 29th: M & M
Friday July 6th: Harold D.
Sunday July 15th: Willy
Friday July 20th: Katherine
Friday July 27th: Bess
So, check out the Calendar on this site, then step right up and volunteer to host one, or more, of our Friday / Saturday / Sunday rides!
Sue and Peter, your Ride Coordinators for Tuesday, welcome you below to the 2019 riding season.
Temperatures are warming up, snow is pretty well gone, roads are clearing up and the beautiful Northumberland hills are calling out to the Freewheelers. It’s time to start scheduling our 2019 Tuesday rides.
Your Tuesday Ride Coordinators (Sue P. – until the end of July and Peter R. – for remainder of season) invite you to jump in now and help get this season planned and on its way.
Thanks Vivian for signing up to host our first Tuesday ride of the season on April 23rd. Check out the calendar to get all the details of this ride. While you are there, put your claim on a date, or maybe 2 if you are so inclined. You can find the email address of the Ride Coordinator to contact in the notes of each date’s entry in the calendar, along with a handy list of host/ride lead reminders.
- Do you have a favourite local riding route on our website? Then put a date on it now before someone else picks the route.
- Do you have a preferred date or time of year when you would like to host a Club ride? Then grab that date now before someone else does.
- Do you have a favourite restaurant/pub for an après-ride food and drink social? Then pick a date and get it booked before you become the 3rd host this year to use the same venue.
- Do you have a neat theme ride in mind that you always wanted the club to do? Then get planning, grab a date and put that idea in motion.
- Are you that procrastinator who always waits until season end to host a ride and finds that all the good routes have already been done 3 times? Then jump in early, pick an early date and get your club obligation out of the way. Now with that done, you might also consider hosting another ride in the Fall.
Let’s get this season up and running and the calendar filled up.
See you on the road!
The 2019 Ride Calendar is up.
Summer is coming!
The clock is ticking on our home page and very soon we’ll be riding together again. The hearty among us are out for training rides. Bikes are being tuned up. The sound of bicycle pumps and spinning chains is in the air. Cookbook pages are riffling with Friday pot luck recipes. Apres ride cafes are preparing lunch menus and frosting beer glasses.
Your Ride Coordinators are sitting, fingers poised above their keyboards awaiting your ride host bookings. For the season’s first 3.5 months they are: Brian for Fridays and Sue for Tuesdays. You can find their email address in the notes at the bottom of each date’s entry in the calendar. More details about hosting will follow in separate posts.
Reserve your ride early before that date gets snapped up. We are already receiving notice of special events including the annual spring kick-off ride, joint club rides, the blossom ride, the club weekend tour, veggie ride, Thanksgiving ride, and the final end-of-season ride. Avoid the last minute need to switch with others hosts for coveted spots and preferred Fridays, Saturdays and Tuesdays.
Most important (and exciting!), hold the date for Wayne & Brenda’s inaugural season ride on Easter Friday, April 19 starting at 1:00. And add the St. Jacob’s weekend tour to your calendar for the last weekend in July (July 26-27-28). More details on both to follow in separate posts.
Note: Password has not changed yet – it will be updated in late April – watch for an email.