Current Ride Procedures

GLUC is a club committed to health and safety through cycling.  Our club is a small and close-knit group of people who prize camaraderie.  We know and respect each other as individuals and riders.  That gives GLUC an advantage during the current crisis.

This spring we do not have normal circumstances.  But remaining calm and not allowing stress to overwhelm you is also important.  Social distancing does not mean social isolation, we are inherently social creatures.  We need communication with others to avoid real dangers such as depression (which also kills). GLUC wants to have safe, legal rides because they help our mental and physical well-being.  Your actions as riders will determine if we continue to have them.  However, even if you are riding on your own, we urge you to be responsible, stay far from others and not go out at all if you or anyone you have had contact with is ill.

GLUC runs rides in 3 states.  All those states have different have had and will continue to have different regulations regarding safety during this time.  We monitor all of them and the CDC every day.  We also rely on reading the text of any actual legal order so that we understand it completely and can act in accordance with it.  Don’t rely on word of mouth or Facebook for news.  Be informed.

Will we run rides?

Our focus is continuing to emphasize LOCAL riding or rides in which we feel that we can provide the options needed for people to distance appropriately.  We had a great last year, we want to continue that by giving people flexibility.

  1. Registration will close after the Zoom meeting the night before the ride.  This is so that we know everyone has all the information they need.
  2. You are free to cancel at any time. You can do this yourself by clicking the "Manage My Registration" link on your confirmation email or going to My Rides if you are a GLUC member.
  3. If you wish to cancel, we will move your registration to any other ride free of charge.  You can pick the ride later.  We will likely be adding additional rides during the summer when things have calmed down.  Consider Volunteering to help make these happen. There are a lot of ways to volunteer and be completely solo too.
  4. Special Rules are in place this year for randonneuring rides, see Safety for details.

Procedures for Social Distancing

Because of social distancing, there will be slightly different procedures at the start, controls and the finish. These rules are added to the requirements for Rider Conduct.  If you violate them, it is a DNF just as if you rode at night without lights.  Every rider on a ride will be re-sent a copy of these rules the night before the ride.  If you are not confident you can follow them, don’t come to the ride.

GLUC has implemented features for social distancing:

1. "BYOS" - That's "Bring Your Own Start".  We don't want everyone starting together.  In fact, we don't want people starting at the same place either.  We encourage you to look at the route and pick a place (perhaps closest to your residence) to start from.  You can start within a 4 hour window starting at the posted start time.  You MUST text the organizer when you actually start AND when you finish if you don't see them at the start.

2.  Electronic Proof of Passage.  We don't want you to need to stop at any specific place for a control.  If you can pack enough on your bike to get you through it without stopping, that is fine too.  At the end of the ride, you will use the included link on your registration to upload a URL to a RideWithGPS or Strava Track.  You will have 24 hours from your finish to do this.  Your adherence to the route and your start/finish time will be based on this.  Accounts with RWGPS and Strava are free, get one - RWGPS is a little easier with URLs that Strava is (Strava will require additional steps to open it up for the organizer to see all the details).  More information available soon about this.  GLUC has both RWGPS and Strava Clubs

Before the ride:

  1. You should receive a confirmation email when you register – if you don’t contact immediately.  You should have signed our waiver when you registred electronically.
  2. You will receive a ride update on the Thursday before the ride – if you don’t contact immediately.  , it will contain links to the cue sheet and the RWGPS files.  Print your own cue sheet if you want one (I highly recommend that you do so).  Final directions and directions will also be in this email along with your start time (if it is different from the posted one).
  3. Two nights before the ride, there will be a pre-ride meeting via Zoom.  For those registered, YOU MUST ATTEND.  Attendance will be taken.  This will include important safety information and the ride briefing. You can ask any questions.

At the start:

  1. Start somewhere along the posted RWGPS route.  We encourage you to ride with no more than 1 other person.  Both of you should be prepared to stay a comfortable distance of 6 ft or more away.  Please know your own risks for COVID-19 before you start.  Those are different for everyone. 
  2. If there is any possiblity of riding at dawn, dusk or at night, you must have night gear.  Be prepared to show your lights, vest (Class 2 or EN-1170 level), and ankle bands as the organizer will be on the route watching from afar and might ask to see yours.  You must have at least one headlight mounted to the bicycle and at least one steady red rear light.  Freel free to add others.
  3. If there are more than a few at the start, just wear a mask as you are setting up if you can't stay more than 6-10 ft from others.  Early in the year and in the morning it may be chilly so a neck gaiter is a great piece of ride gear at the start anyways.

During the Ride:

GLUC has expanded its mission and types of rides so that we can give you options as riders so that you can make decisions appropriate for your situation during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.  Safety has been and continues to be the most important focus right now.  

  1. Electronic Proof of Passage will be used - RWGPS, Strava, or a track will be accepted.  If you have limitations, we can make arrangements with you, just let us know beforehand.
  2. You may stop anywhere on the route for services.  We will provide , but we recommend you decide where and when to stop.  We call this a "Ride with Trust Model" which is a part of our Code of Conduct.
  3. Routes may be adjusted for maximum safety or shortened.  We want people to be able to ride on the safest roads possible without regards to shortest distance.
  4. You will get GLUC Mileage Credit for all the miles you ride - regardless of whether you complete the entire route.  We trust that you will honor our code of conduct and be truthful with your fellow riders about your efforts.

Stop/Control procedures:

  1. Gloves OFF before you enter any control.  Leave them on the bike or stash in a pocket.
  2. Mask ON unless you are eating or drinking - even outdoors.  We recommend keeping your mask on a lanyard so that it's easy to get to and doesn't fall on the ground.
  3. Go into the mini-mart, FIRST wash your hands thoroughly
  4. Pick up your item(s) and pay  by credit card.  Almost everywhere has a self service slot and most are no longer requiring signing - avoid cash.
  5. Leave and do any other business outside.  Stay 6 ft from each other and any others.
  6. We highly recommend you have some hand sanitizer on the bike to disinfect your hands before putting gloves back on.  If you don’t, wash your hands again.

While riding:

  1. Absolutely NO food or fluid sharing during this ride.  
  2. Try to ride in pairs so that you can socialize at a distance of at least 6 ft or more depending on wind conditions with a solo ride being preferred and be visible on the road.  This is NOT a race but it is also not a isolation ride.  Let’s be our normal and kind selves.
  3. Be vigilant about all the normal hazards like potholes, sand, traffic, etc.  You absolutely DO NOT want to have any kind of a crash.  Take things deliberately.  There are pavement issues especially in the spring.  THIS IS NOT A RACE.  BE AN ATTENTIVE AND DELIBERATE RIDER.
  4. All the other normal articles apply including following ALL traffic laws, wearing a helmet, and using night gear.
  5. If you are not feeling well, call it quits, don’t tough it out - TEXT THE ORGANIZER IMMEDIATELY AND HAVE A PLAN FOR A PICKUP.  You will get GLUC credit for the miles you complete.

At the Finish:

  1. Send your GPS route to the organizer within 24 hours using the Finish Email that will be sent to you.
  2. Text the organizer at the finish saying you are safe
  3. Pack up and leave, do not linger at the finish

If you have a postive COVID test less than 2 weeks after the ride:

  1. Notify GLUC immediately and let us know the names of those you had contact with
  2. GLUC will do everything possible to protect your privacy but will notify your contacts of the need to be tested and possibly quarantine

These procedures are critical to having a safe and legal ride.   You, as riders, have direct control over your behavior.  That is the reason these rides are being held. 

Rides in our Club
Membership included for guest registrations

Click on ride name for details
  • Aug 20

    Madtown Express Double Century Kwik Trip - Edgerton
    Double Century
    Members: $15.00
    Guests: $25.00
    4 registered
  • Sep 03

    Fox and Hawks 600k Shell - St. Charles Township
    RUSA 600
    Members: $30.00
    Guests: $35.00
    2 registered
  • Sep 24

    Willow Springs Closer Willow Springs Metra Station - Willow Springs
    Ultra Event
    Members: $10.00
    Guests: $10.00
    None registered

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