Starting another year with the COVID-19 pandemic still looming over us and news of the Omicron variant spreading quickly across the country has the potential to make us feel despondent—but have hope. We can take solace in the fact that we have done this before and we can do it again—we’ll get through this and see better days ahead.
Looking back at 2021, it was a year that brought Covid-19 vaccines to the masses and a Return to Sport Restart that allowed us to get back to group rides, training camps, racing, and events that were so dearly missed in 2020. With much of the population now vaccinated, booster shots on the way, and the fact that we can do more now than we were able to just a year ago, 2022 should shape up to be an even better year for cycling.
Think back to the first half of 2021; British Columbians were still living under tight restrictions with adult sport limited to only four people outdoors and two indoors while maintaining 3 meters of distance on and off the field of play, unless you were from the same household.
These restrictions on sport would eventually allow for an upper limit of ten people in the early spring of 2021 and up to 50 people by mid-June. The summer of 2021 would bring brighter days and a move to Step 3 of BC’s Restart Plan which removed limitations on the number of participants for sport, the end of physical distancing on the field of play, spectators were allowed back, and travel for sport was okay again.
It was a welcome return to some semblance of normalcy for our sport. Things began to open up and riders showed up in droves as we returned to doing the thing we love most—riding bikes together—at events all across the province.
While things might look bleak today, we’re optimistic that we’ll be back to doing the things we love again as we ride out this wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
What we do now matters, so please be vigilant, stay safe, and we look forward to seeing you on the start line in 2022.
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