Re: COVID-19 Cycling Queensland CEO Stage 2 Update #2
Queensland

Re: COVID-19 Cycling Queensland CEO Stage 2 Update #2

02Jun2020

Organised sport, club and coached organised activities recommenced for groups of up to 20 people from  midday yesterday for bicycle riders in Queensland as the state Government accelerates the easing of tough coronavirus restrictions.

Over the weekend Premier Annastacia Palaszuk announced further easing of some COVID-19 restrictions.

Last night Cycling Queensland’s Back to Racing Club Working Group met with the Cycling Queensland Board of Directors and Staff  to discuss and better understand the opportunities and issues the easing of restrictions will have at all levels of cycling in Queensland.

Cycling Queensland’s Back to Racing Club Working Group consists of 6 metropolitan and regional Clubs, representing cyclists from all over Queensland.

The advice originally received from Sport and Recreation was that Stage 1 was for unorganised recreation, Stage 2 - organised Club and coached training, and Stage 3 – competition.

On Sunday, the announcement now allows all non-contact community sport for up to 20 people, as long as social distancing of 1.5m is in place. This therefore allows group rides, social rides, training or skills sessions, and even time trial events for up to 20 people to take place.

The other elements of our sport, such as road or criterium racing is not permitted in stage 2, and will need to wait until stage 3 is implemented. Stage 3 is currently set for the 10th July.

Along with other outdoor sporting groups Cycling Queensland has applied for an exemption to the regulation only allowing up to 20 people at any venue for community sport. The exemption is requesting that multiple groups of 20 people be allowed at community sport venues, as long as the groups do not mingle and are separated by distance. We believe this will allow Clubs and Coaches greater opportunity to deliver activities for their members.

Until we understand whether the exemption application is successful, please see below an outline of the activities Clubs, Coaches and Event Organisers can conduct during Stage 2:

Can the Club organise training or social rides?

Yes, for up to a maximum of 20 people (including any coaches or ride leaders). All participants should ride 1.5m apart and abide by all other road rules.

Can the Club run training or skills sessions at a velodrome or off-road facility?

Yes, for up to a maximum of 20 people (including any coaches, Club admin, spectators or other support personnel). All participants should ride 1.5m apart and abide by all other road rules. Spectators are advised not to attend (unless family members for under 18 competitors). Where spectators/support personnel must attend, they should stay in the vehicle (where possible). All riders should come prepared to train (e.g. not use the change rooms), complete the training session and then leave. People should not congregate.

Can the Club organise criterium racing?

No, during Stage 2 all community sport is non-contact and participants must stay 1.5m away from each other. Therefore, this will not allow criterium racing to occur.

Can the Club organise a road race?

No, during Stage 2 all community sport is non-contact and participants must stay 1.5m away from each other. Therefore, this will not allow road racing to occur.

Can the Club organise time trial events?

Yes, for up to a maximum of 20 people (including any riders, coaches, officials, Club admin, or other support personnel). All participants should ride 1.5m apart and abide by all other road rules, and additional race permit regulations. Spectators are advised not to attend (unless family member for under 18 competitors). Where spectators/support personnel must attend, they should stay in the vehicle (where possible). All riders should come prepared to race (e.g. not use the change rooms), complete the time trial and then leave. People should not congregate.

Can the Club open a canteen or sell food/drink?

No. All participants should be asked to bring their own food and drink to the sessions or rides.