November 2020

Ellen writes…

Autumn berries near Cothill

I can’t quite believe it, but this is the 100th newsletter that I’ve written since I took over doing it in 2012! I was very much hoping that it would be an up-beat edition, with plenty of interesting rides on offer. However, the announcement of the new national lockdown well and truly scuppered that hope!

So, we are back where we were, unable to offer any rides until the lockdown that starts on November 5th is lifted. However, rest assured that we are ready to start as soon as we possibly can. In the meantime, it is still be possible to ride either with members of your own household (or bubble) or with a single other person.

Bike Buddies, our WhatsApp group, can still be used to arrange single riding partners in addition to sharing your adventures, asking for riding-related help/information and keeping in touch. If you are not a member and would like to join, send an email via the Contact Us page and I’ll add you.

On the bright side, after some nifty rescheduling to avoid the wettest day ever recorded in October, we managed to run both short & steady and medium rides in their new Covid-friendly format. It was wonderful to meet riders whom I hadn’t seen since March and to find out what they had found to do to get them through the lockdown and subsequent easing. It seems that everyone who has cycled has found it a source of comfort and inspiration, a real aid to maintaining sanity. Despite the onset of colder weather, we will be continuing to call upon its unique ability to uplift mind and body.

Anyway, here are some photographs taken during October’s Isis Cyclists rides: Isis In Action – October 2020 Photos

I hope to bring some better news concerning group cycling in my 101st newsletter next month!

Happy cycling!