I have read many posts on social media with people asking if it is ok to go out on the bike during the COVID-19 crisis. For what it’s worth, here are my thoughts.
I guess it is inevitable that cycling events are being postponed or cancelled at all levels. I am already missing the cobbled classics, the Giro has been cancelled and le Tour must also be in doubt, although nothing from the organisers yet.
Several rides I had planned have already been cancelled, and I am expecting the others to follow suit. TheEssex Roads Spring Lambs Sportive was the first one to be cancelled. I will be gutted if the Way of the Roses three-day ride is also cancelled. I am supposed to be riding this at the end of July, and I have no idea if we will be in the full grip of COVID-19 or we will be through it. Either way, I am expecting that it will be cancelled as well.
Clearly, in the fight against COVID-19, this is the only thing to do. Many of the rides do though publish GPX files or other route data or, if they do not, I am sure they can be found on Strava. So why not do them anyway but as a solitary cyclist? Solitary cycling follows all the current government guidelines as well as helping maintain fitness, boosts the immune system and is excellent for mental well-being – all essential right now.
But, whatever I do, I will pay heed to the latest advice from Cycling UK.