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Offline Brossie (Tim)

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LDTR & COVID 19
« on: March 24, 2020, 11:42:02 AM »
Hi LDTR members and the Lysty MTB community.

On Monday night at the LDTR Committee meeting, we discussed in detail what the next 6 to 12 months will look like for us as a club. Our highest priority is the health and safety of all of you, and so we are going to follow all the advice from the Australian and Victorian governments in putting all of our club activities on hold until it is safe to do so again.

Although we are all hoping for this crisis to pass in a few months, the reality is that it's more likely 6 months or more. Just like you, we are all gutted that this needs to happen, but in the grand scheme of things we'd rather see you all come through this safely and in good health.

Please keep an eye out shortly for some information regarding staying connected during this time, with some fun prizes and online competitions. We've got a few fun things planned, including our world famous Race Plate Raffle (still working on this one).

We will keep you informed about Lysterfield Park access as much as possible, however please check the Parks Vic wesbite and Facebook page for park closure  notices. 

On behalf of the committee, I want to wish you all a safe and healthy journey through this crisis. We look forward to the time when the 'all clear' is given and we can get back to our trail builds, Lysty chicks rides, Junior rides, Social rides and whatever else fun we can think of.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

Tim Brosnan - LDTR Club President.
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Re: LDTR & COVID 19
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2020, 11:44:28 AM »
Some great advice from PMBIA.

If you do choose to go mountain biking and connect with mother nature, please do so with care. This is not the time to have an accident and bring further stress to the capacity of our medical system. With this in mind, we recommend the following practices to manage risk and ensure a safe ride for everyone.

Perform a thorough bike check - make sure it is safe to ride!
Choose easy trails and make conservative decisions. Avoid high-risk situations (technical trails, jumps, drops, etc.) and focus on the simple act of being outside and getting some exercise rather than pushing your skills. We'll all have plenty of time for that later!
Warm-up gradually... take it easy both physically and technically.
Choose routes in areas that support emergency access.

Risk Management

Risk management is about knowing and understanding the risks involved with any activity you choose to do. Following these four steps will help your decision-making process:

Identification: know what potential and actual risks exist.
Assessment: how much of a risk each factor represents.
Prioritization: prioritize your risks based on the probability they might occur and the consequence should they do. If it’s unlikely and the consequence is low, you’re probably good to go!
Plan of action: manage the identified risks with informed decision-making. Be sensible. Plan ahead for a safe ride but be prepared to back down and change the plan if things change. Now isn’t the time to be exploring new trails in new places or attempting trail features for the first time!
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Re: LDTR & COVID 19
« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2020, 05:31:17 PM »
Plan of action: manage the identified risks with informed decision-making. Be sensible. Plan ahead for a safe ride but be prepared to back down and change the plan if things change. Now isn’t the time to be exploring new trails in new places or attempting trail features for the first time!

See if they will let you book a bed in ICU - you'll be disappointed if they are all gone when you need one........

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Re: LDTR & COVID 19
« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2020, 11:44:57 AM »
A special message from Geelong MTB, You Yangs MTB, Plenty Gorge MTB, Warrandyte MTB, Lysterfield District Trail Riders, Yarra Ranges MTB & Red Hill Riders, in response to the latest COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines announced by the Federal Government.

While we are all having to make serious changes in this current climate, we have come together as the Melbourne & Geelong MTB clubs to do our part in reducing the spread of COVID 19. Here are some things we can all do to lead by example, be responsible and care for not just ours, but the broader community.

1. The clubs and individual members of the clubs should not conduct or deliver any group activity, social rides, training and/or any other activity.
2. Shuttles and/or group transport breach the physical distancing guidelines and must not be operating.
3. Group coaching courses and skills clinics must not be held.
4. Recreational riding in groups of more than two riders, other than people who love in the same household, is now banned.
5. No groups of riders are to congregate at trail heads, trail junctions or car parks.
6. The following is most important to avoid accidents and create unnecessary strain on our emergency services.
- Avoid travelling to new areas, ride local and stick to trails you know well.
- Ride safe, this is not the time to be hitting PB's or trying to step up the technical challenges. Limit your ride to a safe, moderated ride. The last thing we want is members pushing themselves as if there’s no “other” consequence. There’s enough strain on our medical system without it being unnecessarily impacted by riders injuring themselves.
7. Support physical distancing and the message that Australians should stay at home, unless shopping for essentials, travelling to and from work – where you cannot work from home, going to school and exercising.
8. Now is not the time to drive to remote MTB locations like Buxton, Lake Mountain, Mt Buller and Forrest (some of these local communities are starting ask people NOT to come and visit until after the crisis)

We understand the frustration this may cause, but in the grand scheme of things, a few months of practising the above to ensure people’s lives aren’t put at risk is a small price to pay.

Thank you for your support of our clubs, and for your serious consideration of the things we have recommended. We all look forward to getting back to our social rides, trail builds, races, kids rides and pretty much all the stuff that makes our sport fun, when this has all passed.

Joel, Wendy, Emerson, Ian, Cameron, Andrew, & Tim
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