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British Cycling Updated Coronavirus/Covid-19 Guidance

British Cycling Updated Coronavirus/Covid-19 Guidance

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On this page we have set out the new national measures which have been introduced in England, and what that means for members, clubs, events, coaches and others involved in our sport. We've also included some useful tips on how you can stay active at this time.

We know that these new measures will come as a disappointment, but rest assured that we are well prepared to resume our activities as soon as we are able.

You can find the most up-to-date guidance for riding in Scotland from Scottish Cycling here and in Wales from Welsh Cycling here. Find out more about British Cycling's plans to safely resume cycling activities and events here.

What changes from Thursday 5 November?

As of midnight on Thursday 5 November, all British Cycling activities and events in England have been temporarily suspended in line with the new national restrictions which have been introduced. The suspension of club, group and coaching activities, along with cycle sport events, will last until Wednesday 2 December.

Please note that these dates are subject to change depending on how the situation develops in the coming weeks.

In line with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s elite sport guidance, the Great Britain Cycling Team is permitted to continue with its training and racing activities during this period.

How can I continue to ride?

Under the new restrictions cycling and being active is still strongly encouraged, but there are a number of rules which we must all follow:

  • Only ride alone, with those in your household/support bubble, or with one person from another household. If you are riding with a person from another household, you must only ever ride as a pair. For example, two riders from the same household cannot ride in a group of three with a person from another household, unless all are part of the same support bubble.
  • Stay two metres apart from anybody not from your household/support bubble.
  • If you are experiencing any coronavirus symptoms, are self-isolating, are sharing a household /support bubble with somebody with symptoms, or have been told to self-isolate after being contacted by NHS Test and Trace, you should stay at home.
  • There are no restrictions on how far or how often you can ride, however we recommend that you stay within your ability level and prepare accordingly, especially if you are riding alone.
  • For essential journeys, the Government is encouraging people to cycle or walk where possible.

Find out more on the website here.

What is the current state of play for clubs, groups and British Cycling recreation programmes?

Throughout the pandemic it’s been brilliant to see clubs find new ways to engage their members, support their local communities and adapt to the changes in guidance which have been introduced.

While no club or group activity will be permitted under the new restrictions in England, it’s vital that we all do our bit to ensure that cyclists adhere to the new regulations and help us to make the case for reintroducing cycling activity as soon as possible. If you have any questions on this you can contact our team at  

What about coaching?

Coaching sessions can take place on a one-to-one basis for over 16s, however coaches should ensure that they maintain appropriate social distancing and adhere to all other guidance in the ‘How can I continue to ride?’ section on this page throughout the session.

What about activity in schools?

British Cycling qualified coaches and Bikeability Instructors can continue to deliver activities in schools during this period if it is part of the school’s normal provision and authority for that provision has been provided by the Headteacher. The Government guidelines state that schools are able to work with external coaches, clubs and organisations for curricular activities where they are satisfied that it is safe to do.

In addition to this, external facilities can also be used for school activities, provided that the use of and travel to/from those facilities complies with all other relevant Government guidelines.

I’m an event organiser – what support is available for me?

Further information for event organisers can be found here.

Financial support available to the sport and physical activity sector

A number of financial support schemes are in place to assist clubs and other organisations within the sport and physical activity sector through this challenging period. These include Sport England’s Small Grants Fund, Community Asset Fund and Active Together crowdfunding initiatives, and you can find out more about these and other funding streams here.

Further business support from the Sport and Recreation Alliance can be found here.

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.

What support is there to help me keep active at this time?

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.

How will this affect my ranking points and my ambitions to move up through racing categories?

Following internal and external consultation, British Cycling can confirm that events across all disciplines will be designated as non-ranking for the remainder of 2020, or until further notice.

Given that riders will not be able to claim ranking points, no rider will be moved down a licence category at the end of the year, while those who collected sufficient points to move up a category prior to the suspension of racing in March will be able to retain that higher category. We hope that the opportunity to race new formats across a variety of disciplines will encourage many new riders to come and get involved. Find out more here.

Still unsure about anything?

Click here to find out the best way to contact British Cycling.