We are Swan Wheelers, Buckingham's revived historic cycling club. We're definitely not an elitist cycling club, we're a bunch of people who enjoy riding their bikes. Whether you do that on a road bike or a hybrid, whether you wear lycra or not, whether you wear our club kit or your own gear, if you ride faster or slower.... it doesn't matter as long as you want to ride.
If you're not a member yet and and not sure if a club is for you then you are welcome try us out. We run three different ride groups and you can join us on up to three rides before you would be asked to join the club. If you're not sure what to expect please take a look at our guide to your first club ride and then choose a ride from the calendar or get in touch.
SWCC Covid-19 Update
3 August 2020
Whilst there is still a need for us all to keep safe in these challenging times, we now have a positive update due to the recent British Cycling relaxation for club/group rides, see their update below. The committee feel better able to now make a slight change to the Swans ride protocols and therefore reinstate our organised Club Rides from the Swan Pool on Sunday & Wednesday’s. They will be adhering to the latest guidelines, BUT we will still continue with the basic principle of the Meet-Up Cafe protocol with Social Distancing at its core that we have been doing successfully over the past few months, so our thanks to you all for your efforts in keeping us all safe.
Whilst we expect that a number of Club Members will wish to continue to make their own way to any selected Meet-Up Cafes on Sunday & Wednesday, we will now be posting rides on the Club Rides Forum with the usual advice for the chosen cafe stop, an example route to it & the usual data files, advice etc. If anyone is wishing to join a club ride from the Swan Pool – you must notify the Ride Leaders via the “In the Saddle” Forum and tapping the "I’m Attending" tab in advance for any chosen ride or notifying them directly.
Also for any posted Meet-Up Ride, it would also be good to see who is going to ride to the chosen cafe direct. So please just add your intention to do so with a note in the appropriate ride post. Thanks.
Please check your access to the Forum is working. Give our web admin, Pat Harbord a shout on WhatsApp
British Cycling Latest Up-date - The Way Forward - 30 Jul 20
“Following discussions with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, we have revised our guidance so that clubs and groups are now able to ride ‘one metre plus mitigations’ apart in all circumstances, in groups of six or fewer. The 'mitigations' listed by Government include being outdoors and being side-to-side (avoiding face-to-face contact), both of which are achieved in group riding.
Previously our guidance has been that riders from different households should remain at least two metres apart unless if is not safe or possible to do so, however we know that this often makes riding two abreast impossible and there are clear safety and practical issues with riding in groups of six single file. As riders are outdoors and not ‘face-to-face’ we requested that DCMS allow us to make this change and following their agreement groups are permitted to ride at ‘one metre plus mitigations’ in all circumstances with immediate effect.”
It is important that groups of riders operate within the latest government guidelines and keep up to date with any changes. Failure to adhere to the government guidelines could invalidate your insurance. In line with government guidelines, clubs’ cycling activity should not exceed group size thresholds (maximum of six people in a group at the current time) although multiple groups are permitted provided they are operating separately and social distancing is maintained.
Your Swans committee will continue to monitor the current situation and adhere to any further changes and advise accordingly.
We again would like to thank you for your understanding and your support and continued involvement in the Swan Wheelers in these challenging times.
Your Swans Committee.
WHEN WE RIDE
Wednesday 09:15 - Midweek social ride Sunday 08:45 - A, B and Leisure rides