SHIPSTON Cycling Club is back on the road following a lengthy lay-off amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The club has resumed its weekly social Sunday group rides, while continuing to follow the advice of British Cycling (BC). This means riding in groups of no more than six while observing social distancing throughout.

Club chairman Andy Smith said: “It’s great to be riding as a group again. The BC guidance is very clear over group sizes and social distancing and while that means concentrating just that little bit harder, it’s a small price to pay for the joy of being back on the road”.

The club has put the lockdown period to good use, undertaking a complete redesign of its website – – in partnership with Shipston-based company Media MG.  Uniquely, the new site is helping to publicise the opening hours of the club’s favourite coffee stops.

Andy added: “We’re proud to support our local cafes by giving them lots of custom, of course, but also by highlighting their work on the website.  We’ve been in touch with dozens of coffee stops and we’re keeping the website updated with a map, menus and any revised opening hours”.