Coronavirus COVID-19 UPDATE:
At this stage the Noosa Strade Bianche 10th Anniversary event on the 8th & 9th August 2020 is going ahead as planned but these are very uncertain times. We are taking entries as normal but will be keeping you informed based on the Governments latest advice and guidance. If we do have to cancel the event for this year, we will provide a full refund, or you can hold your entry over for the following year for a full replay of the 10th Anniversary Celebrations.
We are hopeful that things will be on the improve by August so remember keep riding your bike – we just recommend that you follow the latest advice with regards to hygiene and social distancing. Stay healthy, happy and keep pedalling.
Some Good News
The impact of COVID-19 on the Aussie cycling scene is not all bad news. There have been reports of more people out riding and some bike shops seeing an uptake in business as people look to an alternative to public transport.
Cycling, it seems, could be a perfect panacea during this global pandemic. This list of needs and their simple solutions shows just some of the ways a bike can beat Coronavirus.
- Source of sunshine -ride your bike.
- Stay 1.5m from others – ride your bike.
- Fresh air & less isolation – ride your bike.
- Alternative to public transport – ride your bike.
- Can’t go to the gym or spin class – ride your bike.
- Mental health in these troubling times -ride your bike.
- Working from home & need a brain boost -ride your bike.
- Maintain & strengthen your immune system – ride your bike.
Coronavirus Precautions & Cycling (precautions supplied by Bicycling Australia)
While cycling is clearly a wonderful way to beat of the Coronavirus blues, there are a number of common-sense precautions riders should take. These include –
- Feeling even marginally unwell? Don’t ride with others. We all have a responsibility to reduce the spread of this illness and all precautions must be taken. Sometimes getting out for a ride can be a great way to clear the system but our advice is to go alone and not put others at risk.
- Groups. Our advice would be to stick with smaller groups and / or ride solo. Remember people can have the virus and not show symptoms. Discuss your concerns when planning a ride and be aware of each other recent travel history, hygiene habits and general awareness of COVID-19.
- Hygiene. Pack antibacterial hand cleaner with you on each and every ride. Clean your hands before, during and after the ride – and definitely as you stop at the coffee shop or meet up with others.
- Touch. Studies have shown humans touch their faces some 3,000 to 5,000 times per day! Astonishing figures … great to keep in mind as a reminder to limit hand and finger contact with your eyes, nose, ears and mouth.
- Space. ‘Social Distancing’ seems the latest buzzword but it is a very important aspect to keeping the spread of disease and illness at bay. Maintain a safe distance from other riders when on the bike and at the cafe afterwards.
- Helmets & Gloves. Stopping for that mid or post-ride coffee? Remove your helmet and gloves and leave them with your bike. Your mates don’t want sweat-soaked equipment on the table.
- Share Bikes? With more people cycling – a recent study in New York finding an uptake in commuter biking by 55% this month alone! – sanitising a share bike before use is highly recommended. Use spray or hand sanitiser to clean the hand grips and saddle, then again clean your hands.