All British Cycling sanctioned activity is currently suspended due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Understandably and inevitably, the ongoing global uncertainty around the pandemic has led to plenty of questions and concerns, and we have done our best below to answer and clarify some of the queries we have received from the cycling community.
This page was last updated on: Wednesday 3 June 2020
What are the changes from June 1?
In England, from June 1 the number of people from outside your household with whom you can meet to exercise outdoors has been increased. Groups of up to six people from different households are now permitted to exercise together, however they must still follow social distancing guidelines and keep at least two metres apart from those outside their household.
Current measures in England also state that:
- If you are showing coronavirus symptoms, or if you or any of your household are self-isolating, you should stay at home.
- You may exercise outdoors as many times each day as you wish.
- You can sit and rest outside before, during and after your ride.
- You may drive to outdoor publicly accessible open spaces irrespective of distance.
- In line with UK Government guidance, those aged over 70 should continue to take care to minimise contact with others outside their household.
While the Government guidance now permits groups of up to six to ride together, British Cycling believes that the need to maintain a two-metre distance while riding as a group of six may present practical difficulties and potential risks. For this reason, we would strongly encourage riders to continue to cycle in smaller groups at present, and only ride in a group of six if they are absolutely sure that it is safe to do so (for example, in a park).
We would also like to reiterate to cyclists the need to be mindful of keeping a two-metre distance when overtaking other cyclists and from pedestrians who may be walking on pavements at the side of the road.
When cycling in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, you should follow the guidance and regulations issued by the relevant devolved administration. You can find the most up-to-date guidance for riding in Scotland here and in Wales here.
If the Government allows groups of six to ride together, does that means the suspension on club and group rides remains in place?
Yes. Last week (Wednesday 27 May) we announced that all formalised group and club activity (including club runs, HSBC UK Breeze rides and similar) would be suspended until Saturday 4 July, and this suspension remains in place.
As detailed in our earlier statement, we will review this on a fortnightly basis, considering guidance from across the relevant devolved administrations, and giving two weeks’ notice of any changes. We are now working on new guidance for clubs and Ride Leaders on how they can safely lead group rides while maintaining social distancing, and will share this at the earliest possible opportunity.
As a British Cycling member, what does this mean for my third-party liability insurance?
British Cycling’s third-party liability insurance and legal support and advice member benefits remain in place for all Commute, Ride, Race Silver and Race Gold members.
Those riding in groups which comply with Government guidelines (see above) will be covered, though at this time British Cycling strongly encourages riders to only cycle in smaller groups at present, and should only ride in a group of six if they are absolutely sure it is safe to do so.
Please note that insurance cover provided to members and clubs will be invalid if they are wilfully contravening Government advice – ie. riding in large groups of more than six – or participating in activities which are currently suspended.
What will happen if people don't ride responsibly?
While the recent loosening of restrictions on cycling outdoors is good news, it remains vitally important that you adhere to Government guidelines. The Government has made clear that this easing of restrictions is contingent upon people continuing to act responsibly, and a rise in the infection rate may lead to more stringent measures being reintroduced.
What support is there to help me keep active at this time?
Guidance on riding outdoors can be found in the section above, titled ‘What are the changes from June 1?’ British Cycling has a number of great initiatives to help people get and stay active at this time, including:
- HSBC UK Let’s Ride Local – A new microsite containing all the information, inspiration and activities you need to enjoy cycling as a family.
- Commute Smart – Learn to commute by bike with confidence through this great series of short videos, covering everything from planning routes to packing kit.
- HSBC UK Ready Set Ride – Our free games and activities are perfect for teaching the little ones how to ride. We split the process into three simple stages: Prepare to ride; Balance; and Pedals.
- British Cycling Ride Series – Virtually rub shoulders with riders from the Great Britain Cycling Team through our popular ride series, delivered in partnership with Zwift.
Sport England is encouraging people to share their own home workouts using the hashtag #StayInWorkOut
What does this mean for clubs/cycling groups?
Last week (Wednesday 27 May) we announced that all formalised group and club activity (including club runs, HSBC UK Breeze rides and similar) would be suspended until Saturday 4 July. Please note that this suspension remains in place despite the new measures in place in England from June 1, and as detailed in our earlier statement we will review this on a fortnightly basis, giving two weeks’ notice of any changes.
What does this mean for coaches, leaders and instructors?
More information on how coaches, leaders and instructors can deliver one-to-one activity can be found through the button below. We are now assessing the implications of the new measures introduced on June 1 on coaching, and will provide an update on this shortly.
What does the new guidance mean for cycling facilities like pump tracks and outdoor velodromes?
You can now find our guidance for use of use of cycling facilities - both open and restricted access - through the buttons below. Further industry guidance is also available from UK Active and Sport England.
Will I get a refund for a British Cycling-sanctioned event I’ve entered which has now been suspended?
Yes. British Cycling is working with sanctioned event organisers to ensure that this process takes place as efficiently as possible. If an organiser is considering rearranging their event to a later date, there is also the option to mutually agree with the rider to carry the entry fee over to the rearranged date.
I’m an event organiser – what should I do next?
Further information for event organisers is available here.
How will this affect my ranking points and my ambitions to move up through racing categories?
We understand that the suspension of all racing will impact riders who are looking to progress through the categories or ranking system, with potentially fewer opportunities to score points. We are continuing to monitor the impact of what this means for our race licence holders, and will provide an update as soon as we can.
What support is available for cycling businesses?
The sport and the cycling industry are an ecosystem of small businesses and self-employed people who, along with many thousands of volunteers, allow the sport to exist.
Many people and businesses from across our sport will be extremely worried about the immediate and longer-term impact on their lives and livelihoods. British Cycling, Welsh Cycling and Scottish Cycling are in constant communication with UK Sport, Sport England, Sport Wales and Sport Scotland to understand what immediate and long-term support will be available for the sport sector over the coming weeks and months. The sport sector's advocacy organisation, the Sport and Recreation Alliance, is keeping all NGBs updated with guidance.
We are encouraging every person and business owner to turn to your employer (if you have one), your bank and the free HMRC helplines (in England and Wales: 0300 456 3565 In Scotland: 0300 303 0660) to understand what the immediate steps are that you can take to ensure you and your families have enough money to live. There are excellent online resources such as Money Saving Expert which are providing up-to-date advice from financial experts.
Specifically regarding financial pressures for the operators of cycling facilities, we have set up this short survey to better understand the pressures that facilities are experiencing so that we can ask for the support we need from Government.
Sport England and UK Sport have worked with BDO Accountants to create a website containing guidance for clubs, operators and other businesses in the sport sector. To visit the site, click here.
I feel I need to do something to help, how can I?
On Wednesday 15 April we announced that we had donated £100,000 to Brompton's Wheels for Heroes crowdfunder, which is aiming to provide 1,000 new loan bikes for NHS staff. The donation came from the Places to Ride fund, which was set up by Government to secure a legacy from the 2019 UCI Road World Championships in Yorkshire. You can donate to the crowdfunder here.
Still unsure about anything?
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