WA CYCLING AND COVID-19

Rules and Regulations

COVID-19 SAFETY GUIDELINES FOR PHASE 2: EFFECTIVE MONDAY 18 MAY, 2020

Last updated 15th May 2020, 5:00 pm

Introduction

The West Australian State Government has introduced a 4-phase road map for the gradual easing of restrictions put in place to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. Whilst certain guidelines may be in place from the Federal Government it should be noted that each State and Territory is at different stages and have taken different approaches to the recovery stages. It is the State roadmap and legislation that is enforceable in Western Australia. 

This page should be treated as a guide to getting back to training and events for cycling. This document is intended to interpret the State guidelines and provide recommendations for the specific application of them within cycling across all disciplines. 

Every Club and group will have unique circumstances to consider and we strongly recommend all to take a cautious and conservative approach to resuming activities.

Covid Safety Plans: Covid Safety Plans should be implemented for events. Whilst the template is designed primarily for static venues, the process of completing the plan will ensure you consider all required aspects of running the event. 

Further updates to this page will be made in line with State Government announcements. 

General Requirements

Regardless of the discipline of cycling or the environment the following guidelines should be implemented for any training or event environments:

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Find out more about how you can remain engaged with WA cycling by clicking the links below or scrolling down the page.

Laws, Rules and Regulations

What You Need To Know

STAY ON THE WHEEL

Continue the Ride & Support Your Community

DUST OFF YOUR BIKE

Helpful hints to rejoin the ride

Q&A With the Pro's

What's it like to be a pro during Covid-19?

Online Coaching and Commissaire Courses

Use your downtime to upskill

STAYING HEALTHY

TIPS & RESOURCES

Staying Involved

How To “Stay On The Wheel”

Plenty of local businesses are adapting to suit the needs of the community during this time. If you are in the position to support any of these long-time supporters of the WA cycling community, we implore you to do so!

If you’re looking for a way to exercise whilst at home or in self-isolation, make sure to check out Subiaco-based Exercise Institute for an online community coaching program priced at just $35/week. There’s never been a more important time to take care of your health and fitness, so why not start from your living room today?

Still heading in to work? Why not head down to your local bike shop to get set up with a sweet new ride! Cycling to work is a great way to avoid contact when commuting, and it’ll also keep your health in tip-top shape. Your local bike shop will also have great advice on setting up the perfect home training environment so you can sweat it out in self-isolation and beat that cabin-fever feeling.

How about a break from the stress of the shopping centre queues and constant social media news feed scrolling? Rock n Roll Mountain Biking have you covered! At just under 40 minutes from the Perth CBD, Rock n Roll’s Kalamunda location is the perfect way to take a break and enjoy some fresh air out on the bike. No bike? No problem! Their fleet of Trek hire bikes are rigorously cleaned in between uses, and you can ride solo or in a small family group. Check them out and plan your city escape below.

Guided Training From Home with Exercise Institute

Brad Hall and his team at Exercise Institute have been a big part of the cycling scene in WA for around 10 years now.

Whilst unfortunately their Subiaco facility has had to temporarily close due to government restrictions, Exercise Institute is still operating remotely to keep you fighting fit from home.

In an effort to keep people motivated and engaged with cycling throughout this period, Brad has designed a comprehensive training program delivered online for just $35 per week.

The program will provide you with guided training, physiological testing, and access to a private online forum to ask questions and connect with fellow riders.

Find out more about the program HERE. Brad will be hosting a free Q&A webinar on Friday the 27th of March at 4pm. You can access the webinar HERE.

Support Your Local Bike Shop with Glen Parker Cycles

Local bike shops have always been strong supporters of the WA cycling scene. When was the last time you visited your local bike shop?

Whilst it may be tempting to jump online and score a deal from a big box retailer, your local bike shop will have some great bargains that you can take home today, plus personalised service and advice that you just can’t get online – and you’ll be supporting local jobs and families.

With workplaces closing and self-isolation encouraged on a national scale, why not get yourself set up on a bike? It’s one of the few physical activities that you can continue to do whilst self-isolating, and a great way to avoid the crowds if you still need to get to and from work,

It’s easy to ride on your own or with your family, or you can even exercise from home in your living room with a home trainer.

Make sure to head down to your local shop and chat to a staff member for some advice on a home training setup, mechanical assistance, or tips to get you started on cycling for transport or recreation to avoid those crowds and continue living a healthy and active lifestyle.

Find your nearest shop using our locator tool HERE.

Hit the Trails with Rock n Roll Mountain Biking

Kalamunda MTB institution, Rock n Roll Mountain Biking, is still open for business!

We paid a visit to Jen Wardle, co-founder of Rock n Roll, to find out more about how they have adapted their business to suit the current government health regulations.

Whilst they are unable to take large groups in the current environment, one-on-one and family unit groups are still very welcome by appointment. If you require a hire bike, you can rest easy knowing that strict hygiene standards are enforced between hires.

There’s plenty of space out at the Camel Farm so you can uphold social distancing practices, and reap the physical and mental health benefits of a ride in this picturesque location.

Find out more about Rock n Roll Mountain Biking or get in touch HERE.

Give Virtual Racing a Go for FREE with PDCC!

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Peel District Cycling Club are hosting a FREE online racing series to help you get your racing fix during COVID-19!

All you need to get started is a bike, a stationary trainer (smart trainer or power meter required) and an internet connection. The races are hosted on the interactive RGT Cycling website or app on Wednesday and Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings. The latest race listings can be found on our event directory HERE.

You don’t need to be a member of PDCC or hold a racing license to take part – all are welcome!

To get involved, view Peel’s racing calendar HERE and click on the event you want to participate in. Full instructions are included to get you set up and racing in just a few minutes.

More content coming – check back soon!

How to Get Started

Looking to increase your riding or get from A to B during COVID-19?

We’re here to help!

There’s never been a more important time to take care of your physical and mental health – and riding a bike is a great place to start.

If you’re looking to start commuting to work, check out our commuting hub HERE. It has plenty of information to help you plan a journey, choose a bike, and other best practice guides to get you on your way.

If you’re looking for a way to get the kids out on their bikes this school holidays, why not give the Great #WABikeHunt a go! Find out more about this free downloadable tool to encourage your kids to explore their local neighbourhood by bike HERE.

We’re fortunate to have a fantastic network of cycling infrastructure in Western Australia to help you get around safely. This network is constantly growing or being upgraded, so occasionally you may encounter disruptions out riding. If you want to know more about these projects, or just want to plan ahead, our Major Works and Infrastructure Updates page is a great way to stay informed.

Don’t forget that your local bike shop will have a wealth of knowledge if you need help choosing a bike, have a maintenance issue, or just need some general advice. Find your nearest bike shop using our Bike Shop Locator Tool.

Lastly, if you’re loving the ride, we recommend taking a look at our Membership options for premium, affordable personal injury and third party liability insurance to ride with total peace of mind, 24 hours per day!

Online Coaching & Commissaire Courses

Want to use your downtime to upskill?

Cycling Australia will be hosting online Commissaire and Coaching Courses for CA members.

The Commissaire Courses are free of charge for CA members, and the Coaching Courses will have some costs associated.

You can find out more HERE. More information will be available next week.

How are the Pro's dealing with COVID-19?

Ever wondered what’s it like to be a Pro Cyclist during COVID-19?

With many European countries in complete lockdown, widespread race cancellations and, in some cases, total bans on training outside, it’s a testing time to be a pro cyclist.

If you’ve been wondering how the pro’s are dealing with these challenges to their season, check out our video series and get some insight into the mind of a pro – you might pick up a few tips for yourself!

Life as a Pro during COVID-19: Jai Hindley (Team Sunweb)

General Manager of Road and Track, Glenn Te Raki, caught up with rising star of the cycling world and West Australian Jai Hindley to see what he’s been up to in 2020!

Jai had an incredible start to the 2020 season, taking the overall win for Team Sunweb at the Jayco Herald Sun Tour in early February. Jai and Glenn talk about how he is maintaining his fitness through total lockdown, what it’s like riding for Team Sunweb, and how it felt to win the Sun Tour!

Life as a Pro during COVID-19: Jessica Allen (Mitchelton-SCOTT)

Glenn caught up with Perth’s very own female professional cyclist Jessica Allen, who rides for UCI Women’s World Tour Team Mitchelton-SCOTT.

In this video, Jess and Glenn talk about adjusting training methods to stay fit during lockdown, keeping physically and mentally healthy under isolation, and staying motivated when there’s no certainty in the 2020 racing season.

Looking After Your Finances in COVID-19 & Getting Back on the Bike: Former Pro Travis Meyer

Glenn caught up with former pro-rider-turned-broker Travis Meyer to talk about the effect of COVID-19 on the current financial landscape. With some extra down time or potential for financial stress, now is the perfect time to take stock on your finances and, if needed, get advice on the market and what the changes could mean for you.

Travis has returned to racing locally after a few years off after retiring from cycling, and gives us his thoughts on his 2019/2020 race season.

If you would like to get in touch with Travis, send him an email at travis@financedetective.com.au or check out Finance Detective’s website HERE.

Life as a Pro during COVID-19: Luke Durbridge (Mitchelton-SCOTT)

Glenn caught up with hometown hero and professional cyclist Luke Durbridge from Mitchelton-Scott. Luke is also the current Australian Time Trial Champion.

Luke is currently living in the popular pro-cyclist city of Girona in Spain, which is subject to a complete lockdown. Luke and Glenn talk about how COVID-19 has affected Luke’s day-to-day life as a pro rider.

Staying Healthy

It’s understandable to feel concerned, stressed or anxious about Coronavirus and it’s impact on your lifestyle, health and community.

Try to avoid misinformation by referring to high quality information published by the government and relevant health authorities. You may also find it helpful to limit time on social media.

Whilst it may seem difficult to adjust to some of the mandatory behaviour changes, it’s important to remember that these changes are only temporary. If everyone respects the rules, we can get back to normal sooner rather than later.

Don’t forget to take care of your physical and mental health during this time, and make sure to take a moment to check up on your riding buddies too – we’re all in this together.

We’ve compiled some helpful and factual resources you may find helpful if you need some extra guidance or support:

World Health Organization: Mental health and psychological considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak

Beyond Blue: Looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak

Lifeline: Mental health and wellbeing during the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak

WA Mental Health Commission: Looking after your mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic

Healthy WA: Health information for Western Australians