Junior cycling makes a much anticipated return to the track this Saturday at 1:00pm, albeit with a few minor tweaks to how the junior cycling program is run to ensure the health and safety of our rising cycling stars. Given the low number of parents and riders, we do not have any plans at this stage to limit the number of riders or parents on the track. If, for some unbelievable reason, junior cycling explodes this term and we see unprecedented numbers in attendance then we will need to evaluate our position on this and implement new controls to limit the numbers of parents and riders at the Traffic Education Centre. We will monitor this from week to week. That would be a nice problem to have though, right? We will also be keeping a record of riders in attendance each week. We actually do this already but wanted to ensure that parents are aware of this.
The format of the sessions will be largely the same – warm up, individual time trial, skills and a handicap race at the event but all riders, parents and volunteers will need to follow physical distancing guidelines, ensure good hygiene practices and avoid using shared equipment (e.g. tennis ball pick up and drops will cease for now). This means that for the time trial event, coaches will not hold riders, however parents are welcome to hold their own children steady and in place ready to start the time trial event. Whilst the junior riders are warming up around the track, the coaches will discuss the format of the program with parents in more detail and discuss and concerns and answer any questions in relation to junior cycling.
The club will have antibacterial wipes and hand sanitiser available at the track however as with many other sports and programs, parents are encouraged to bring along their own supply for personal use. We also ask that parents bring their own chairs as the club chairs will remain in the shipping container.
We are sure this goes without saying but also ask that parents and riders do not attend junior cycling if they are are feeling unwell with COVID-19 related symptoms (fever, cough, runny nose and shortness of breath), have been in contact with a person confirmed sick with COVID-19, recently returned from overseas travel or an area/suburb with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
A big thank you to Andy Robb for keeping the legs of our juniors ticking over whilst in lock down through the implementation of weekly junior Zwift sessions. What a legend! We are sure that many of the juniors thoroughly enjoyed this different riding format during the break. Well done Andy.
We’re super excited to see junior cycling resume and whilst we anticipate a few challenges navigating our way through COVID-19, we hope that the challenges are few and far between so that we can get on with rebuilding the fitness and skills of our cycling super stars.
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Can wait to see you at the track!