While an urban group ventured over to the east end of London to try out another yurt, Group One revisited the Reading Room in Brockham so, apart from two of us – Duong and me – these were new coffee-stop locations for everyone else. Our small but select group had a great journey over to Brockham, only passing one other peloton and a few riders in ones and twos along the way. In fact, what is usually a buzzing café was empty when we entered, so I suggested a table that would normally seat about eight but I think my companions thought I was joking about spreading ourselves out, so we huddled around a considerably smaller round table. What I did notice with a certain amount of trepidation, considering the difficult times in which we find ourselves, was a frosting of condensation on the windows. Sometimes our café stops can be protracted affairs but not this time as the Rainy Days app was suggesting that we had a little over an hour to get home before the rain was due to arrive. And we made it in the dry.
On viewing the pictures of these two groups, one thing is very obvious – we’re all sitting too close to each other. Jo Newstead kindly sent me a link to Cycling UK https://www.cyclinguk.org/article/coronavirus-qa-it-safe-cycle and I received a message from British Cycling https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/road/article/20200312-British-Cycling-Coronavirus-COVID19-Guidance-0 both outlining the dos and don’ts during this time. The overriding suggestion is to not go on group rides until the end of April. As I said last week, keeping fit by going on solo rides or with a domiciled partner should be perfectly fine but a stop off at your favourite café is not advisable. You might even find these places will be closed. If the virus worsens over the next few weeks I’m afraid that you might have to think seriously about cycling at all. If, heaven forbid, you are involved in an accident and need to be hospitalised, facilities such as ambulances and hospital amenities could well be in short supply and might not be able to give help.
I will write again once we know that the corona virus has abated. So please keep in touch via your WhatsApp messages and when we do eventually meet again I’m sure we will enjoy some great rides together but, for the time being at least, it’s goodbye from Mrs C & me.
All the best,
Ray & Sue