COVID-(7)19 Guidelines

Doing the 719 Ride in the time of COVID

Although Colorado has begun to re-open, the state still has requirements that prevent mass gatherings. However, we are continuing to plan for a great ride on July 19 as the current Colorado Safer at Home order only extends through May 27.

If we are not allowed to gather in mid-July, the tentative fallback date for us to ride is Saturday, September 19.

All 719 Ride participants and event attendees should pay special attention to the impact we have on the neighborhoods we ride through and the perception the residents have of us as cyclists and as an event.

Even in normal times, our behavior and consideration of others determines whether or not they are receptive or hostile to us sharing their roads. In the time of COVID-19, this matters even more.

Assuming the ban on mass gatherings is lifted by the state and we can ride together on July 19, there are four key principles USA Cycling instructs us to keep in mind when we gather.

They are for our benefit individually and collectively, both as people and as members of the cycling community riding as guests through other people's neighborhoods.

  1. The virus that causes COVID-19 is easily spread.
  2. The virus is spread through direct contact and droplets. Aerosolized spread may be possible but is a greater risk in enclosed spaces.
  3. We each have the responsibility to not spread the virus and to not contract it.
  4. We must pay special attention to our off-bike activities.

"If we do perfectly in the on-bike activities and then do poorly on the off-bike activities, you're going to see transmission."
— Dr. Michael Roshon, USA Cycling Chief Medical Officer

Assuming the ban on mass gatherings is lifted by the state and we can ride together on July 19, there are four key principles USA Cycling instructs us to keep in mind when we gather.

They are for our benefit individually and collectively, both as people and as members of the cycling community riding as guests through other people's neighborhoods.

  1. The virus that causes COVID-19 is easily spread.
  2. The virus is spread through direct contact and droplets. Aerosolized spread may be possible but is a greater risk in enclosed spaces.
  3. We each have the responsibility to not spread the virus and to not contract it.
  4. We must pay special attention to our off-bike activities.

"If we do perfectly in the on-bike activities and then do poorly on the off-bike activities, you're going to see transmission."
— Dr. Michael Roshon, USA Cycling Chief Medical Officer

When we do gather, do NOT join us if you are symptomatic.

COVID-19 Symptoms

If you do not have any symptoms, assume that you and other riders have the virus and allow that to guide your actions and interactions.

How to Protect Yourself and Others

  • Don't share water bottles, food, etc.
  • Clean your hands often with an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol, and use hand sanitizer before eating, after using the portable public restrooms along the course, before touching your face, etc.
  • Avoid close contact with others when off your bike. Follow the state required 6' social distancing guidelines.
  • Ride side-by-side or more than 20 feet behind one another when on the course. (Road conditions and traffic laws determine when side-by-side riding is allowed.)
  • Take steps to prevent droplet spread, particularly if you have to sneeze, cough, blow your nose, etc.

If you've missed out on a bike event this year,

because of COVID-19, I urge you to participate in the 719 Ride. It has miles and miles of climbing the same upward tilting loop over and over again. The time together will be good for our collective soul. Yeah! Heaven let your light shine down.

- Ottavio Severo