COVID-19 Update: May 7, 2020

2020 Season Update

On behalf of the ACC Board of Directors, I would like to thank you for your patience as we revise our plans for the 2020 season.

Over the past two months, the ACC Board has put together multiple season calendars, only to run up against road blocks that have forced us to start over. Needless to say, we had hoped to have greater clarity for our upcoming season by this point in time, but the complexity of the public health situation has required us to implement more substantial changes than anticipated.

We will send out further correspondence and announcements in the coming days, but in the meantime, here is a quick update.

Public Health Situation

Although the state of Colorado has instituted a “Safer at Home” order, which relaxes the “Stay at Home” order, Pitkin County remains under a “Stay at Home” order until May 9. Even under “Safer at Home” guidelines, state and county health officials are still mandating that public gatherings must be limited to ten or fewer people for at least the next four to six weeks.

Gatherings, even at limited sizes, will require social distancing protocols, which are incompatible with mass-start bike races. According to Pitkin County and Eagle County, we should expect to be under social distancing orders for the entire summer, even as gathering-size limitations are hopefully made more relaxed.

Racing Season

Our plan at this time is to offer a series of time trials — both road and mountain — to get back to racing while also practicing social distancing.

To meet social distancing requirements, we are updating our registration systems to allow for 100% online registration, pre-assigned time trial start times, and registration caps. This is being done in an effort to avoid race-day contact between racers and our staff.

We do not yet know when we will be able to begin time trials, but we are finalizing permits for race options every Wednesday beginning in June. As public health guidelines are updated throughout the summer, we will adjust the schedule accordingly by either canceling or running races.

In the meantime, we are working on virtual challenges in the month of May to get people moving, motivated, and competing from afar on their own.

Next Steps

As soon as our new registration pages are live, we will send another update with a tentative race calendar, updated policies, and membership/registration instructions.

Many thanks to the cycling community for your continued support. Stay on the lookout for more information in the coming days.

Best regards,

Andy Ralston
Board President, Aspen Cycling Club