Cycling Weekly June 11 2020

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I rode with a friend at the weekend. It was the first time I’d ridden with another human being since early March. It was wonderful. Someone to talk to, and a wheel to follow.

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At first there was excitement. That gave way to nervousness when the practicalities of social distancing on
the move became apparent. That then gave way to a more relaxed approach by the end of the ride.

I think we managed to keep two metres apart for most of it (we took it to mean that the two-metre space had to be between our heads) but there were definitely brief moments when we were closer – it was unavoidable.

Now the rules have been relaxed further still to allow groups of six to ride. The question is: how on earth can the two-metre rule be maintained on the public highway?

This relaxation came earlier than expected, catching sports governing bodies by surprise. British Cycling updated its advice on 3 June and quite rightly acknowledged the almost impossible nature of riding in a group while social distancing. To do that, a group would need to be spread all over the road, and that doesn’t help anyone.

If you want to ride in a group, just be honest with yourself and ask if you think it’s safe to do so while social distancing. If, like me, you think it isn’t, then it’s worth waiting just a little longer.

Simon Richardson
Cycling Weekly magazine editor


Inside the magazine this week

– Mountain showdown in Cantabria

– Tom Pidcock doing it his way

– The club scene on relaxed restrictions

– You booze you lose?

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