COVID 19 Race Ready Plans

Earlier advices suspending Club racing until further notice, dated 16 March,12 May and 5 June, 2020 refer and continue to apply.

Our June advice to members confirmed we had appointed 2 COVID Safety Coordinators (John Stenos & Chris Shay) who have been working with the VCV to build a safety plan for both the peak body and our club. This plan is essential for the resumption of racing, under current COVID regulations and when restrictions are eased. In order to recommence racing, the plan has to identify potential risks and provide and implement measures to reduce these anticipated risks.

As you can imagine, this is a complicated task and while the finishing touches are yet to be added, it addresses our race day operations, including :-
• Pre & Post event cleaning of clubrooms
• Remote race entry process – no cash or race day sign in
• Access only to essential club facilities (ie toilets only)
• Limited numbers at the Clubrooms at any time – managed entry / exit at the gate, no visitors, no on site car parking
• Minimising contact points and maximising social distancing pre & post-race.
• Maintaining contact details of all race day attendees
• Being conscious of vulnerable age group demographics within our Club
• Providing sanitation stations & COVID related information

In due course, Members will be provided with very clear instructions regarding race day processes and we anticipate tight compliance by all concerned. Essentially, in these difficult times, there is no room for non-compliance.

In the meantime, some of you will be aware that an initial recommencement date of 20 July for contact sports was announced by Government. Accordingly, the VCV and member clubs are currently working towards this date. However, given recent COVID outbreaks in Victoria, we are reliably advised this date is likely to be pushed out. Once again, we cannot undertake racing without both Police race permits being issued and our races being sanctioned by the VCV.
It is also time to mention that discounted membership fees are on offer for renewing members for the second half of 2020, see our facebook page for details.

Finally, as a Club, we continue to promote the following practices
• 1.5m distancing
• Good hygiene
• Stay at home if unwell
• Need to maintain an average density of 4 square metres per person (Clubrooms)

In addition, the AIS Framework document “Community & Individual Sports” applies the following additional recommendations for cycling at this stage:-
• Avoid cycling in slipstream of others – maintain 10m from cyclist in front
• Avoid packs of greater than two

Clearly all of these conditions are designed to keep us safe, and do not provide for a resumption of road racing at present.

We are looking to provide an update on this topic at least every 4 weeks or more regularly if circumstances substantially change.

Please address any questions to The Club Secretary.