Let’s Ride! The Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride is ON and adapting to ensure a safe event for everyone
The 15th annual Watershed Ride on Sunday, Oct. 3, will take place at a time when public health officials may recommend continuing to follow certain public health and social distancing guidelines to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Based on the success of the 2020 Watershed Ride, we know this event can be adapted to incorporate safety precautions, while still offering an outstanding rider experience. We will be closely monitoring best practices recommended by public health officials as the event draws nearer.
The measures followed last year (below) offer a framework for the precautions that we will implement in 2021.
Contact-free and advance packet pick-up
- We will offer registration packet mailing to all participants who have achieved their minimum fundraising goal by Monday, Sept. 13.
- We will be offering outdoor, advanced packet pick up ahead of race day to limit congregating at the starting line. This will begin during the latter part of the week of Monday, Sept. 21. Specific dates and times will be announced soon.
- We will have extra socially distanced check-in stations the morning of the event.
Personal protection supplies for every rider
- We will provide participants with a reusable facemask
- We will provide additional facemasks, hand sanitizer and disinfectant at each rest stop and gathering area
- Each rider will be given personal hand sanitizer for use on the open road
Socially distanced starting line procedures
- Flexible schedule of start windows, rather than a single mass start, to avoid crowding.
- Required use of face masks in the starting area, prior to cyclists rolling off.
Socially distanced rest-stop arrangements
- Expanded rest stops to create more space and avoid crowds and lines.
- Additional disinfectant and sanitizer supplies available at the entry to each rest area
- All drink coolers will have sanitizing wipes next to them.
- All volunteers will be provided with facemasks, gloves, and sanitizing equipment
Mandatory “Mask Required” Locations
- Riders will be required to wear masks at the starting line, finish line, and water stops. There will be ample space to spread out supplies so that individuals may self-distance.
A Socially distanced finish line
- A socially distanced finish-line sequence, similar to the starting line
- Only volunteers and staff will hand out swag and refreshments
- Family and friend limitations at the finish line to reduce crowds
Additional details will be finalized as the event draws closer and participants will receive updated safety guidelines and procedures closer to the date of the ride. Further adaptations to the ride may be made as additional information and public health guidelines are released. As always, safety will remain our top priority.