Covid-19 information

(updated 22 December 2021)


Portovelo is following Scottish Cycling guidance, which requires the club to keep records of the names and contact details of everyone taking part in each ride. Should a participant test positive for Covid-19 shortly after participating in a ride, these details could be provided on request to NHS Test and Trace.

Covid contract

Accordingly, all riders are asked to agree to a “Covid contract” before participating in any club rides. This is a code of compliance with relevant Covid restrictions, and also covers GDPR requirements in relation to the retention by Portovelo of riders’ contact details.

View the Covid contract here.

The Covid contract only applies to organised club rides (all of which are advertised on the Calendar page).

Before the ride

Although social distancing is no longer a pre-ride requirement, it is good practice to gather at the bandstand in the groups they intend to ride with, minimising close contact with people in other groups. This helps ensure that in any contact-tracing exercise, the numbers who may need to self-isolate are kept to a minimum.

If more than about a dozen people wish to take part in any group, some may be asked to join other groups. Alternatively, if there is an additional ride-leader available, two groups may be formed (e.g. two Intermediate groups).

Before each group leaves, the ride-leader will record the names of all those participating. Riders who have not already agreed to the Covid contract and provided a contact phone number will be asked to do so.

During the ride

All riders should continue to practice good hygiene while riding. If you need to cough, sneeze, clear your nose etc., drop to the back of the group first or, traffic permitting, move further away from other riders and turn your head away from them.

Cafe stops

Face-coverings are still required inside cafes, so all riders should remember to bring a mask. At the cafe (particularly indoors), all riders should follow whatever restrictions may be in place at the time (e.g. distancing requirements, complying with one-way systems). If you are uncomfortable with visiting a cafe, you should explain this to the ride-leader. It may be possible to adjust the route to a cafe that has outdoor seating or where alternatives (e.g. places serving takeaway food and drink) are available.