Not Normal, But Closer
Riding alone is fine, but we all miss the energy, excitement, and camaraderie an organized event offers. Trying to figure out how to appropriately resume these activities in the COVID-19 era is a challenge. We had big plans for Tulsa Tough-style festivities at Osage Passage this year. But encouraging mass gathering in close quarters is the last thing we should be doing right now.
With your cooperation, however, we’re prepared to move forward with the Osage Passage gravel and cyclocross races in a modified format. We’ve reviewed USAC Cycling’s guidelines, the CDC guidelines, and our local health department guidelines. We also sought input from local medical professionals.
Check out the Rider’s Guide for complete details of our plan and FAQs. COVID-19
If you are COVID positive, suspect you might be, or even have any symptoms, please stay home. It’s not that we don’t love you. We do. But we’re all depending on each other to minimize the risk of transmission.
When you arrive, a volunteer will check your temperature with a touchless thermometer. If it’s elevated, we ask that you not get out of your vehicle. If you would like to wait a while and get retested, we’ll do it. If you still test high, we ask that you depart the venue.
Everyone will receive a neck buff and jersey pocket-sized hand sanitizer at check-in. Face coverings must be worn during staging and may be removed once you begin cycling. We ask that you wear them at rest stops and use hand-sanitizer, which will be available at rest stops.
We ask that you wear a face-covering at all times on the venue unless you are riding, eating, drinking, or at your own camping area. We cannot emphasize this enough. The USAC medical director has stated that the greatest risk of transmission occurs off the bike. The simple act of covering your nose and mouth can significantly improve your odds of remaining COVID free.
We realize this isn’t normal and feels weird. But it moves us closer to normal. For the time being, let’s make the best of this and enjoy riding our bikes. That always feels good!