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1. Club rides postponed until Ottawa Public Health gives the green light
2. Club ride leadership training
3. Safety tips
1. KNBC Executive Notice on Club Rides
The KNBC Executive has decided to cancel its group rides and all events, at least for the month of April. This decision shouldn’t surprise any of you. We are erring on the side of caution and can neither promote nor condone group riding at this time.
We would encourage you to make your own decisions on riding, and take advantage of the magnificent library of rides we have in the club’s RideWithGPS account, including some gravel rides.
Please follow the OPH guidelines regarding physical distancing, and only ride as singles or pairs.
We are living in very chaotic times to say the least. We will continue to update members via Bike Shorts as well as on the club website.
Your executive, like all of you, is closely following events and monitoring news from Ottawa Public Health.
Get out. Get some exercise. Don’t go nuts at home! But above all, be safe.
2. INTERESTED IN TOUR LEADING? (NEW AND EXPERIENCED TOUR LEADERS TAKE NOTE!)
The Tour Leader Training session planned for Wed April 1st has been cancelled. New Tour Leaders please contact Bill Bourne bill(at)bashd.ca and he will help you get started!
Tour Leading is one of the easiest and most practical ways to make a visible contribution to the club. More tour leaders mean more tours on offer and a greater variety of routes and levels. We are always looking for new tour leaders. It's not an onerous role requiring a lot of expertise, but training is useful, especially if you are new to the club.
This year we are updating the tour leader training, and including some new material on things like Traffic Safety, use of RideWithGPS, making the most of our online registration system, and how to handle large numbers of participants. There will be lots of opportunity for questions and discussion. Bill Bourne firstname.lastname@example.org is organizing and running the Tour Leader Training.
We had planned two sessions on April 1st and April 30th, but with the current COVID-19 situation "all bets are off". So we are asking everyone interested in the training to simply email Bill email@example.com to express their interest. Also, if you have specific questions, suggestions, or topics you would like covered, Bill would love to hear from you!
3. Safety Tip from Monna - Check your bike
Our winter toys have been rather abruptly put away - but - before you consider going on your first ride - Please take the time to check your bike to ensure it is in safe operating condition:
check the brakes to confirm they are working with proper clearance and no frayed cables;
check the gears to ensure they are shifting properly;
clean and lubricate your chain;
make sure that your quick releases are properly and tightly closed;
ensure your tires are properly inflated;
ensure any accessories (kickstands, racks, panniers, etc.) are securely fastened;
ensure nothing is hanging loose (including clothing) that could become tangled in the gears, brakes or wheel; and
ensure you have a working bell—it is the law.
If you do cycle (now banned in France), be careful out there, we do not want to over burden an already stressed medical system, and if you chose to cycle with another, please respect physical distancing.
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