A COVID-19 message to our cycling family,
In these trying times taking part in our beloved sport and pass time has thrown us some unique challenges.
We at Paragon Cycle Works would first of all like to wish all of our family and friends and loyal supporters some words of hope and encouragement. That we will get through these strange times with a new sense of purpose and vitality, with the notion that when this is all over, our new focus will be to live our best life to the fullest it can be, to be healthy active, care for others and forever rideWELL.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friend to all those that have succumbed to the Virus, to the ones that are fighting it now.
To our first responders and medical professionals risking all, so that we can all look forward to happier times. Paragon Cycle Works wishes you all our heartfelt Gratitude and our enduring admiration for you selfless acts and for keeping us safe. We say thank you..!
With the nation now in lockdown many are asking if they can still ride their bikes. In this simple & straightforward Q & A we answer the questions most of you are asking.
Can I still ride outside?
Exercise is encouraged. Many are using the bike to stay sane + also for the practical reasons of a trip to the shop for essentials such as food & (dare we mention it… toilet paper). The advice from specialists is this - don't overdo it! While exercise can help strengthen the immune system, extended strenuous workouts can have the opposite effect, particularly for the 24 or so hours after. And remember to follow common sense hygiene guidelines including washing your hands after the ride.
Can I ride in a bunch?
No. Bunch riding is obviously a group activity. It is irresponsible to be riding with any more than 1 other person at this time.
How about using the local cycleway or path?
Yes - but keep your distance.
Exercise is one of the 4 primary reasons we are legally permitted to venture outside. Bikeways and paths are open but many are reported to be busy! For example riders using Canberra’s lakeside bikeway say it has never been busier. With this in mind keep your distance, pass other safely, and ride with common sense.
What about Indoor Training?
Solo only ... Spin classes and gyms are closed.
Indoor training is booming - never have so many people been logged into the major online apps such as Zwift, The Sufferfest, Trainer Road or Fulgaz.
In the interests of the health and wellbeing of all those that love and participate in our sport we ask that you adhere to current Government restrictions on Gathering and Movement. Do not congregate on bunch rides of more than two people unless with members of the same household.
Additionally we ask that you adhere to the following Government health advice.
PRACTICE GOOD HYGIENE
- Covering your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue. Disposing of tissues properly
- Washing your hands often with soap and water, including before and after eating and after going to the toilet
- Using alcohol-based hand sanitisers
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Clean and disinfect frequently used surfaces and objects such as bench tops, desks, doorknobs, keys, wallets and work passes
- Increase the amount of fresh air available by opening windows and adjust the air conditioning
- You have COVID-19 or you have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19
- Do not leave your home/hotel unless it is an emergency
- Do not go to public places such as work or shopping centres
- Do not let visitors in – only people who usually live with you should be in your home
SOCIAL DISTANCING IN PUBLIC
- Stay at home unless it is absolutely necessary
- Keep 1.5 metres away from others
- Avoid physical greetings such as handshaking, hugs and kisses
- Use tap and pay instead of cash
- Protect vulnerable people with compromised immune systems (e.g. people over 65 with chronic medical conditions), the elderly over 70 years of age
- Avoid public gatherings and at-risk groups
These are extreme measures in unprecedented times and the adjustments made by Australians nationwide to STOP THE SPREAD has changed the way we live. Similarly, our children are experiencing disruption and uncertainty to their normal way of life. Whilst many of us can cope well with the challenges ahead, a proportion of us may find the change and uncertainty worrying. If you or someone you know needs help, the following Mental Health professional services operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636
Mental Health Line 1800 011 511
Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
Other sources of medical and allied health services can be obtained through the healthdirect app. Download on the Apple App Store and Google Play.
The Federal Government has launched the Coronavirus Australia app which will keep you up-to-date with official information, provide advice and inform you of the current official status within Australia. Download on the Apple App Store and Google Play. Available also through the WhatsApp feature. Our love of football and sense of community has never been stronger. Please take care of yourselves and your loved ones and make use of the below videos and resources encouraging practice in the backyard or in a safe space.