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  • 07 Oct 2020 2:25 PM | Jeff White (Administrator)

    LBC has a new sponsor. Handup gloves. Check em out at www.handupgloves.com and take advantage of the 15% discount they are offering LBC members. Just use the code LBCLUB20 and get yourself some cool stuff for your next adventure.

  • 07 Oct 2020 2:13 PM | Jeff White (Administrator)

    Our friends at the Olmstead Conservancy are ramping up for their Olmstead Parks Outdoor Challenge event to be held virtually October 11-25, 2020. Check it out at www.olmstedparks.org/challenge. LBC members can use discount code (LBC2020) to receive a 10% discount on registration. What a fun way to give back to the Olmstead parks that we all love and use all the time.

  • 09 Jul 2020 11:33 AM | Steven Jent (Administrator)

    2020 NEW RIDER / BIKE HANDLING CLASSES

    Clinic 3: Wednesdays 6 - 9 pm, June 17 thru July 15,  Olmstead Acadamy South, 5650 Southern Parkway (Iroquois).  Maximum number of participants: 10.   To Register for Clinic 3: Registration opens March 11th 2020 LOUISVILLE BICYCLE  CLUB CLINIC 3-NEW RIDER / BIKE HANDLING CLASSES

    Clinic 4:  Sundays 2-5 pm, July 12 thru August 9, Baptist Healthcare Eastpoint, 2400 Eastpoint Parkway, Louisville, 40223.Maximum number of participants: 25. To Register for Clinic 4:  Registration opens March 11th 2020 LOUISVILLE BICYCLE CLUB CLINIC 4-NEW RIDER / BIKE HANDLING CLASSES

    Clinic 5:  Mondays, 6 - 9 pm, August 3 thru August 31, St. Matthews Baptist Church, 3515 Grandview Ave.  Maximum number of participants: 25.   To Register for Clinic 5:  Registration opens March 11th 2020 LOUISVILLE BICYCLE CLUB CLINIC 5-NEW RIDER / BIKE HANDLING CLASSES


  • 04 Jun 2020 11:22 AM | Steven Jent (Administrator)

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    The Louisville Bicycle Club, with guidance from KYcovid-19 is reopening our ride schedule as of June 11, 2020.

    As we start to ride again in groups as a club there are some questions we should all give some thoughtful attention to concerning covid-19.

    • Am I comfortable riding in a group with others I haven't been in contact with?

     Solo rides are safer than group rides.

     Small group rides with close contacts are likely safe.

     Small groups rides with individuals other than close contacts could be risky.

     You will need to take steps to mitigate the risks 

    • Am I or anyone I have contact with part of an at risk population? 

    If any member feels it is unsafe or unhealthy to ride with the club at this time please don't participate. We want you back but we're willing to wait for you. When you feel good about joining back in we'll be here.

    To better partner with all our members in these unprecedented times we are suspending the competitive top mileage awards for 2020. We will continue tracking and recording your club mileage for individual awards. We feel this is not the time to have the pressure of competition, rather a genuine concern for the well being of all our members. We hope everyone understands and shares our concerns for all of our friends.

    The Louisville Bicycle Club will be taking these steps on all group rides to lower the risk of infection by covid-19.

    • All rides will meet in areas that lessen your exposure to others.
    • All rides will have a gps file attached to our ride calendar. Please download the route to your gps unit and/or print your own cue sheet.
    • Suspension of pre ride announcements. This will enable members to "sign in and go" so that we don't create  a mass gathering in the parking lot.

    The Louisville Bicycle Club is asking you, our members to take these steps on all group rides to lessen the risk of infection by covid-19.

    • Self monitor for signs and symptoms of covid-19 and be clear of these for the previous 14 days.

    Signs and symptoms of covid-19 per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    1. Fever or chills
    2. Cough
    3. Shortness of breath
    4. Fatigue
    5. Muscle or body aches
    6. Headache
    7. New loss of taste or smell
    8. Sore throat
    9. Congestion or runny nose
    10. Nausea or vomiting
    11. Diarrhea  
    • Self conduct a temperature check prior to participating.
    • Wear a mask pre and post ride and consider wearing during the ride if possible.
    • Carry hand sanitizer.
    • Bring your own pen to sign in and do not touch the sign in sheet.
    • Come prepared to be self sufficient with food and drink. We are discouraging store stops at this time. Also, as always make sure you have any tools, tubes, equipment and first aid materials you may need and know how to use them.
    • Let's all dial back the intensity. Lower the risk of putting unnecessary strain on the medical community. Now is not the time for pace lines and sprints.

    Social distancing

    Pre ride

    • Pre load the gps file or pre print your own cue sheet or both. Gps units can fail.
    • Stay near your auto or if you rode your bike to the ride (YAY!) stay at least 6 feet apart from others.
    • Wear a mask
    • Don't share anything with others
    • Use hand sanitizer

    Ride

    • Feel free to leave as soon as possible
    • Ride in small groups. Preferably 6 or less
    • Increase distance while riding. 6 feet is the minimum. Some groups suggest 20 feet.
    • Leave the parking area with 2 minute intervals between small groups.
    • If you come up on another group that has close to 10 you should slow down or roll through being sure not to merge into that group.
    • Reduce droplets. If you have to sneeze, cough, blow your nose etc. drop back and be sure no one is in your slipstream.
    • Share the road. With distancing our groups will be spread out more than usual. Let's be cognizant of the impact we may be creating for other road users. Courtesy works both ways. We can be proactive in our interactions with other types of vehicular traffic and pedestrians.

    Post ride

    • If you plan on a post ride gathering please have a meeting place pre arranged. For now it will be the best practice to leave the parking lot immediately upon completion of your ride.

    It's going to look a little different for awhile but we're looking forward to riding again with our friends that feel comfortable with the precautions we all must take. Whether you decide to join a group ride or continue to ride solo or your own friend group let's make the best of our great short cycling season of 2020.

    Sincerely

    The Louisville bicycle club Executive committee

    Jeff White-President

    Amelia dauer-VP/Touring

    Bekki Livingston-Secretary

    David Wittry- VP/Education

    Steven Jent- VP/Communication

    Katie Rowe- VP/Advocacy

    Diane Bellafronto-Treasurer

    Jon Kindig- VP/Racing


  • 28 Mar 2020 7:10 PM | Steven Jent (Administrator)

    During this time of economic impact and social uncertainty the threat that we may lose many of our local bike shops is very real. If you find that you can financially support your favorite shop, please do so. Many of the local stores offer gift cards to purchase. This is a great way to support them during this time and to help hold them over until they can resume business as usual. So, if you are going to spend the money anyway once this is over (and it will be over at some point) and choose to do so, please help them out. I have tried to put together a list of all locally owned bike shops and am providing their websites, contact pages and links to gift cards sales if I could find them. 


    The List:

    A Message from LBC concerning locally owned Bike Shops

  • 15 Mar 2020 5:35 PM | Steven Jent (Administrator)

    LBC RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS COVID-19

    UPDATE May 15, 2020:

    The suspension of all LBC Rides and Events has been extended through June 11th, 2020.  This date matches direction from the Kentucky State Governor's office for Phase 2 of the current reopening plan.  As always this date is constantly being reevaluated and will be updated again as needed.


    It is with regret that the Executive Committee of the Louisville Bicycle Club has made the decision to suspend all club supported rides and activities. This includes club meetings, regularly scheduled rides and any club supported adhoc rides.

    The safety and continued good health of LBC participants and volunteers, and the cycling community as a whole, is your clubs primary concern. We have been monitoring the situation closely and feel it would be irresponsible to continue to hold these group gatherings during this health emergency. We do ride in close proximity to one another and it is difficult if not impossible to maintain the distance recommended by public health officials.

    States of Emergency & Disaster have been declared at the national, state and local levels. Many, if not most, major sports organizations have suspended seasons and cancelled events in order to help prevent the spread of this disease.

    For many of us, our jobs have gone remote to reduce the risk of contact with possibly infected individuals. “Social Distancing” has not only become a new term for us, but is now a way of life, to stop or slow down the spread of this highly contagious disease.

    If you do continue to ride, please confine yourself to a bare minimum of friends, practice that Social Distancing along with the guidelines already posted and those published by public health officials.  As an alternative consider rides through Zwift. 

    We will be re-evaluating the situation on a weekly basis and will keep you informed.

    In the meantime, if you have specific concerns or questions, please email us at communications@louisvillebicycleclub.org

    REFERENCE

    What is Social Distancing? The CDC defines social distancing as "remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet) from others when possible."


    PRECAUTIONS

    In the meantime, here are just a few things you can do as a precaution to the spread of disease (any disease).  Where indicated, some items are recommended by the CDC and others are specific to us in the cycling world.

    • Stay at home if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and slight runny nose, until you recover.  (WHO)
    • Bring a handkerchief or rag to carry on the ride.  Kleenex, tissues and such don't do so well when mixed with sweat.
    • Practice a no touch policy.   Avoid shaking hands, unnecessary hugs and the like.  We all love each other for sure, a little restraint.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth (WHO)
    • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue (CDC)
    • On the ride, no snot rockets or spitting, or... drop off the very back of the group to perform this act.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. (CDC)
    • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects (handlebars, water bottles, gloves,etc) using a regular household detergent and water prior to disinfection. (CDC)


  • 12 Mar 2020 9:28 AM | Steven Jent (Administrator)

    With all the news in the world about the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and the many questions from our members regarding possible impact on our rides, we wanted to give a brief update on where we stand and provide some tips on prevention.

    For now, our rides and events are still on schedule and going strong, but we'll continue to monitor the status and make adjustments where appropriate to protect you and your safety.

    PRECAUTIONS

    In the meantime, here are just a few things you can do as a precaution to the spread of disease (any disease).  Where indicated, some items are recommended by the CDC and others are specific to us in the cycling world.

    • Stay at home if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and slight runny nose, until you recover.  (WHO)
    • Bring a handkerchief or rag to carry on the ride.  Kleenex, tissues and such don't do so well when mixed with sweat.
    • Practice a no touch policy.   Avoid shaking hands, unnecessary hugs and the like.  We all love each other for sure, a little restraint.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth (WHO)
    • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue (CDC)
    • On the ride, no snot rockets or spitting, or... drop off the very back of the group to perform this act.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. (CDC)
    • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects (handlebars, water bottles, gloves,etc) using a regular household detergent and water prior to disinfection. (CDC)

    As a precaution, we'll also be instructing our Ride Captains to ask someone who is visibly ill to not ride with our groups.

    This club is in the business of bringing people together, and as such we should be as smart as possible about it.


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