Members will be aware that measures have recently been introduced by the Federal and State and Territory governments to prohibit gatherings of 500 people or more. This has already had an effect on a range of cycling activities across the country.
However, Cycling Australia wishes to take a more proactive approach in protecting the health and wellbeing of the riders and the families of our cycling community. We believe this is the right course of action for cyclists to reduce the risk presented by the COVID-19 virus, and in particular to do our part to “flatten the curve” of COVID-19 infection rates.
As such, Cycling Australia strongly recommends that all club and other races around Australia are postponed as of 9.00am Wednesday 18 March 2020 and that this position is maintained until further notice. Cycling Australia also recommends that organised club activities that involve close contact be suspended.
We encourage all members to remember the following behaviours to help maintain good hygiene:
Please note these recommendations may be updated frequently over the coming weeks and months, and we encourage people to keep abreast of these expert recommendations click HERE to access the link.
If you decide that your event or club activity should proceed then Cycling Australia recommends that the following restrictions should apply:
The virus and potential implications are changing constantly, will be monitored and acted upon accordingly, and we will keep you updated as new information comes to hand.
We are keen to restore racing and riding activity, particularly given the positive physical and mental health benefits provided by cycling during these challenging times. However, we are taking a cautious approach and considering how and when this can occur. In particular, we want to ensure we are considering our whole community and particularly those most at risk.