Folks, cycling is a friend-friendly sport. Sure, riding is great solo, but the sport is truly at its best when enjoyed with a bunch of friends… the more the merrier until you hit about 40 cyclists (then the double pace line gets too long for its own good).
Like it or not, the f***in’ COVID-19 bug is here to stay for a minute and we should each do our part to mitigate the damage. Typically, I’m not a rah – rah kind of guy when it comes to government plans and regulations, and I have a disdain for politicians equal that of butt-hair cling-ons… but this isn’t (and sure as f*** shouldn’t be) about politics. See, this isn’t one government or political party over-reacting or under-reacting as a response to the over-reaction to the virus. This virus isn’t just limited to a few countries – it’s shutting things down is worldwide. Therefore, you can’t pin it to one party or another (well, you can, but only if you’re a hack).
That out of the way, there are a few things that we need to consider carefully. First, cycling clubs all over America are shutting their rides down, as they should. On the other hand, limiting friendly rides to a few friends while maintaining a fair distance from one another is in accordance with guidelines as long as we’re less than ten. If more than ten show up? Two groups. Now, here are a few more important things to consider:
- Allow me to put on my best Samuel L. Jackson voice… Ahem… Motherf***er, if you’re sick, stay the f*** home. If you’ve got a temp above 99, stay your ass on the couch or ride solo. Don’t f***in’ put your friends at risk over, “well maybe it’s only allergies.” Allergies don’t come with a fever, motherf***er. [ED Sadly, only 50% of people with COVID-19 have a fever according to what I’m hearing from a doctor friend of mine.]
- We’re all aware (or should be) that we have to worry about snot droplets – not sweat. Spit, while not technically at issue, can contain residual snot. Therefore, spit should be considered snot for the time being, just for safety’s sake.
- Snot rockets and spitting should ONLY be done at the very back of the group. If you can’t wait your turn to drop back, signal that you’re pulling out of line and go to the back. Allow me to channel the aforementioned Mr. Jackson: Motherf***er, I don’t give a f*** if your $#!+’s drippin’, get your @$$ to the back before you blow a snot rocket.
- Sunlight, specifically UV light, will kill the virus deader than hell. Still, try not to blow a snot rocket on someone’s driveway or anywhere near their mailbox. Be mindful of where your snot will land so it won’t be tracked somewhere else. Mind your snot.
- Finally, just for reiteration: Refer back to item number one!
My friends, we only beat this thing by not catching it. Act like you’ve got it, even if you don’t. If anyone will be asymptomatic, it’ll be us healthy cyclists – therefore we must act as though we’re contagious if we’re going to ride in a group. We don’t, at least as of right now, have to sit on the couch just yet. Be mindful so it doesn’t come to having to sneak stealth rides at 4 am.
my cycling group (due to many reasons) is only 2. Occasionally we get separated , but the person always catches up. We are not racers and go at a leisurely pace. Normally at end we go somewhere for a bowl of soup. Or on longer runs we go to a shop and get somethings for a sandwich. If we get out this saturday i think i will be back to my house for one of my homemade soups-but not sure if even THAT is advisable now. Digressing-on my own, my cycles are 15-20 miles-but when I have company i can cycle all day.
I’ve got one buddy I ride with during the week, 19-24 miles. Occasionally another friend or two will join us. On the weekend, though, our group grows to 12+. I wish we stopped more, like you do. It’s rare we stop for a bite to eat, other than a convenience store.
Yep. As fit, healthy, active and relatively young cyclists, we are not at high risk – but we must protect those more vulnerable and less fortunate than ourselves by taking all the necessary precautions! This shit is real, folks!
Good advice, we should all act as if we are contagious.
We just gotta do what we’re told by the experts and we’ll get through this.
I still have a hard time believing this is as serious as anyone says, but I believe guys like Dr. Faucci. Not his first rodeo.
I’m doing my best to go with it and do what I’m told.
Me too… gotta get through it. Quick.