Riding during COVID-19

photo by Steven Mortinson

 

Exercise is good for the mind, body, and spirit, and that
couldn’t be truer in today’s world with COVID-19.

 

The purpose of this page is to help guide all our coaches and student-athletes to best practices during these times. We’re all in uncharted territory, but we can do our best to prevent infection by following these guidelines. What we do know is that this virus is easily transmitted yet also easily contained, so the more awareness we have as to how it spreads (coughing, physical contact, sharing things other than bad jokes), the better we can do at keeping our community safe.

  • The Stay Home, Save Lives Executive Order is still in place for the state of Oregon until at least early July. If you look at page 3 (part 1, section D) of the order, you’ll see that outdoor recreation, including riding, is allowed so long as everybody can keep a distance of 6 feet from each other.
  • When you ride, be self-sufficient. No sharing tools, water bottles, or even high fives (sigh). Keep a bandana, buff, or face mask on-hand for close encounters.
  • Before heading out to ride, make sure the trails are open. Do not ride on closed trails. This compromises future use of the trails during this time and can ruin the reputation of mountain bikers as a user group. Don’t do it!
  • Carpool only with members of your family/household.
  • Suggested group ride sizes are 8 student-athletes and 2 coaches. When riding trails, do not take multiple groups on the same one at the same time. Group them out. Give space. Consider alternating team ride days (some groups go on Monday, others go on Tuesday) to lower trail traffic.
  • When driving to a trail system, make sure your gas tank is full and pack everything you’ll need for your trip (hand sanitizer, extra water, food). The more self-contained and self-sufficient you can be, the better.
  • Coaches can refer to this document on considerations for team rides.