As you may know that as of Monday (today), Linn County had the most confirmed coronavirus cases of any county in Iowa, with 71 cases. With the current pandemic situation, the fast-changing local condition, the HBA board had an emergency meeting tonight (Zoom meeting in accordance with the social distancing) and decided that it is prudent and responsible to our club members and the community in general to suspend our scheduled group ride season for the months of April and May, probably for June as well. These will include the weekly Wed evening rides, weekly Sat and Sun rides, and the monthly full moon rides. There are two uniquely HBA rides scheduled in early June, Swine Trek and Holy Toledo. Due to the amount of work involved in preparation and announcement, the board decided to cancel those two rides for the time being, and maybe to do something in the fall if we are back to normal.
Another casualty of the current situation is our annual spring picnic, scheduled on May 3rd. Diane Bradford and her social committee had worked hard to get it ready. They have reserved the location, set the menu, and assigned each member for what to bring. Even though we are not going to enjoy their creation, if you happen to see them, please say thank you for their efforts. Our fall picnic/annual meeting scheduled for Oct 11th is still on track and please mark your calendar.
Currently RAGBRAI has not been affected yet, and our RAGBRAI Director, Mark Sillman, is monitoring the situation closely and have frequent conversation with the leadership of RAGBRAI. We will let you know when we get close and if there are changes.
Let’s all do our part and together we can win this battle.
Thank you, be safe and be well.
President of HBA