Welsh Cycling Coronavirus / Covid-19 Update

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19.2.2021 - Welsh Cycling update

Following Welsh Government’s latest announcement about the COVID-19 by the First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford. Welsh Cycling wanted to provide an update about what this means for cycling in Wales.

The Alert Level 4, national lockdown measures haven’t been lifted so people are required to stay at home, except for essential travel. But the following changes have been made to exercise:

  • The number of people who can exercise together outdoors will be increased from two to four, but this will be limited to two households only. Exercise must still start and finish from home. Children under 11 do not count to this total.
  • More elite sport athletes will be able to return to training - Welsh Cycling are seeking clarification with Sport Wales to understand the implications.

We are optimistic that the return to activity is heading in the right direction and we are encouraging coaches, leaders and clubs to start preparing. We want to remind people that first aid courses are available to book across multiple providers. And to complete the WSA COVID Training follow this link. Should you require any further assistance the Development team are on hand to support you here

We encourage you to continue to cycle but urge people to do so responsibly during this upcoming period and to follow Welsh Government regulations and guidance.

For the latest regulations and guidance from the Welsh Government, please refer to their FAQ page here.


29/1/2021 -Update on Cycling Activity

Following the update from the First Minister of Wales today, Welsh Cycling wanted to provide an update. As of 30 January, we are pleased to inform you that restrictions regarding exercise would ease “very slightly”. Mr Drakeford has said that “We’re going to [allow you] to meet one other person from one other household, providing they are living locally to you, so you will be able to exercise alongside that other person.”

“You can meet a different person on different occasions – you’ve all got to leave from your own front door and return to your own front door for exercise.”

“You can exercise in a public outdoor place with people you live with, with your support bubble, if you have formed one, or, from Saturday 30 January, with one person from another household.”

This new update means that cyclists may now meet with one person from another household, providing you start and finish your ride from your own front door and social distancing is maintained. According to the First Minister, today’s exercise alteration was made in response to “messages we’ve heard from women about not feeling safe” when exercising at this time of year.

The Welsh Government guidance on exercising with one person from another household says: 

If you choose to exercise with one person from outside your household or support bubble, you cannot exercise with members of your household or support bubble at the same time. This does not apply to children under 11 who can accompany you on your exercise, as long as they are from either of those households. You should ensure that you maintain social distancing from the person you are exercising with. You should also be mindful that exercise must start and finish from your home. You therefore should not travel to meet with someone outside of your household or support bubble.

The new regulations still mean the following:

  • All group activities are suspended until advised otherwise by Welsh Government.
  • Your ride has to start/finish at home.
  • Keep to social distancing measures of two metres apart.
  • If you live around borders into England please be aware of that regulations differ so please check the latest advice, we urge you to ride responsibly and within your ability to help protect the NHS.
  • It is also important to be self-sufficient by carrying the tools you need (i.e. inner tubes, chain tool and a working pump).

We encourage you to continue to cycle but urge people to do so responsibly during this upcoming period and to follow Welsh Government regulations and guidance.

For the latest regulations and guidance from the Welsh Government, please refer to their FAQ page here.



20.12.2020 - National Lockdown – Dec 2020 / January 2021

Following the announcement from the First Minister of Wales yesterday, about Wales entering a national lockdown starting from the 20th December, Welsh Cycling wanted to provide an update. This lockdown will be for an initially unspecified period, with regular reviews of the measures and incidence of Coronavirus here in Wales. Full details will be published over the coming days.

With the new regulations and guidance coming into place, this will mean a change in organised sporting activity. The new regulations mean you must adhere to the following:

  • All group activities are suspended until advised otherwise by Welsh Government
  • Ride on your own or with members of your household*.
  • Your ride has to start/finish at home.
  • Keep to social distancing measures of two metres apart.
  • If you live around borders into England please be aware of that regulations differ so please check the latest advice, we urge you to ride responsibly and within your ability to help protect the NHS.
  • It is also important to be self-sufficient by carrying the tools you need (i.e. inner tubes, chain tool and a working pump).

As we enter another difficult period, we understand the physical and mental benefits exercise and cycling can have. We encourage you to continue to cycle but urge people to do so responsibly during this upcoming period and to follow Welsh Government regulations and guidance.

For the latest regulations and guidance from the Welsh Government, please refer to their FAQ page here.

*people who live on their own are able to form a bubble with another household


4.12.2020 - Update around travel

Welsh Government regulations have been updated to allow travel between Wales and Tier 1 & 2 areas of England.

Wales’s regulations do not allow for travel into England’s Tier 3 areas.

You can see the current FAQ guidance here and the First Minister’s announcement here.

You are legally allowed to attend events or activities in Tier 1 & 2 areas. However, think about whether your travel is necessary as new travel guidance strongly advises people in Wales not to travel to other parts of the UK with lower levels of coronavirus.

COVID-19 guidelines and regulations differ to those in Wales – it is important to check before travelling. You can find more information about the current rules in England, via British Cycling FAQ’s here.

If you are undertaking organised activity in Wales, please make sure you are following all the current guidance and regulations, our return to activity guidance can be found here.


13.11.2020 - Organised activity guidance update

Welsh Government have made changes to the regulations and guidance around organised activity. You can find the updated FAQ’s here.

The main changes to note are below:

  • Anyone can play sport or exercise in a group of 30 people outdoors or 15 people indoors, if this is part of an organised activity. Coaches and match Officials would generally be regarded as participants so the limit of 30 outdoors and 15 indoors should include them.
  •  There is now NO limit on the number of children under the age of 18 who can participate in or facilitate an organised sport activity.

If you are leading an organised coaching activity it’s important to consideration the environment you are working with, knowing the amount of space you to work with to make sure participants are safe.

We want to remind you that if your club does not already have a Covid-19 officer, then you will need to ensure someone attends the WSA Covid-19 training so that you can resume organised activity. Welsh Cycling clubs and volunteers can access this training at a reduced rate. You can find the training link - https://wsa.wales/covid-19-awareness-training-for-the-sports-and-recreation-sector/

We ask you to continue to ride safely and responsibly during this time.


Essential contacts

Welsh Cycling offices are not on complete lockdown at the moment, but the situation is fluid at the moment. So if you need to contact a member of our team, here are a list of useful contacts who will be able to answer questions.

Chief Executive Officer
Anne Adams-King
01633 274 691 | anne.adams-king@welshcycling.co.uk

Communications & PR Officer
Michael Stokoe
07808 609 266 | michael.stokoe@welshcycling.co.uk/>

Finance & Office Manager
Beverley Kibble | finance@welshcycling.co.uk

Commercial & Partnership Manager
Mark Allen
07710 022 666 | mark.allen@welshcycling.co.uk

Events Officer
Rhys James | 07934 854 599 | events.officer@welshcycling.co.uk

Director of Performance
Matt Cosgrove | 07714 499618
matt.cosgrove@welshcycling.co.uk

Head Coach
Darren Tudor | 07515 606619
darren.tudor@welshcycling.co.uk

Useful Information

Welsh Cycling Staff Contact details - Working from home

UK Government 

Welsh Government 

Public Health Wales

To protect yourself and other people:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • Always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • Put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Please follow all the guidance on how to avoid catching and spreading the virus, your health is first and foremost.

Welsh Cycling will continue to monitor the situation and will be communicating any relevant COVID-19 updates to our membership through our Facebook and Twitter channels.