The following was an email message sent by the Club President to all CRW members on March 16, 2020. A subsequent change was made to the policy on March 23, 2010. Climb to the Clouds was postponed although a new date has not been set.
To all CRW members and stakeholders,
I am very sorry to cancel the CRW group ride program until at least April 6th. This includes Weekend Rides and all recurring rides. This follows Governor Baker's prohibition of public gatherings with 25 people or more. We will re-evaluate the coronavirus threat at that time and send periodic updates. Our Climb to the Clouds century is still over 2 months away, so for the moment it is still on the schedule but under review.
In the meantime, I encourage all of you to continue cycling -- it's a great physical activity particularly with many gyms closing. It's also wonderful to get out of the house from time to time. Please check out Bicycling Magazines, "How to Ride Safely Amid Coronavirus Concerns".
I ask CRW Ride Leaders to continue to post rides to be used as suggestions by our members. Ride start times should be set for 6 AM to 6 PM. Ride Leaders are not expected to show up. Please point out possible bio-break locations or places to refill water bottles. Members are welcome to ride these suggested routes either on your own or with a friend at whatever time suits you. Riders should bring sufficient food and water as many service locations may be closed.
You can find other ride suggestions at the CRW Ride Library or by browsing through the routes in the Charles River Wheelers Route Library on Ride with GPS. Picking one of these routes gives members premium navigation features for free. Check out this page to access the CRW Ride with GPS Account.
CRW will be back and running rides as soon as it is feasible. Send us your comments and suggestions. Share your rides and thoughts on Facebook and the club's Google Group. (See CRW Social Media)