Scottish Cycling Coronavirus/COVID19 Guidance

Scottish Cycling Coronavirus/COVID19 Guidance



The wellbeing, health and safety of all our members, staff, volunteers and the general public is a priority for Scottish Cycling. We are closely monitoring the Coronavirus situation to produce guidance for the cycling community in line with the latest Scottish Government legislation and sportscotland guidance.

In response to the revision of the COVID-19 protection levels, we have simplified our guidance.

You can identify your current protection level via the Scottish Government’s COVID restriction postcode checker here.

COVID-19 Protection Levels:

Level 0

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Level 4 - Stay at Home

What has changed in the most recent update? 

On 4 January 2021, the Scottish Government announced the introduction of further restrictions for Level 4 in order to curtail the spread of the new COVID-19 virus strain. There is a clear message to stay at home and only go out for essential purposes.  

The full breakdown of restrictions can be found on the Scottish Government website. 

Some Scottish islands remain at Level 3 and will continue to follow that guidance.  Mainland Scotland is at Level 4 and will now have to follow enhanced guidance including;

  1. Household rules now apply to all activity (no sports bubble at Level 4) i.e. 2 people from a maximum of 2 households only. Sport can continue but it will be for a maximum of 2 people playing together unless under 12 years as they do not count towards the total (so more can take part).
  2. Coaching will be restricted to 2 people (including the coach) for those 12 years or over.  Under 12s do not count towards the number so a coach can take larger groups of u12s.
  3. Travel is restricted (as previously) but with ‘stay at home’ the key message and this has been put into law from midnight on 4 January 2020. There are however exemptions for sport, exercise and recreation and participants can still travel up to 5 miles from the boundary of a LA to take part in informal exercise such as walking, running, golf or cycling as long they abide by the rules on meeting other households noted above e.g. 2 adults from maximum of 2 households.
  4. Performance/professional sport retains its exemptions at Level 4 although this is subject to local operators opening facilities based on their risk assessments.
  5. Indoor facilities are to remain closed at Level 4 (other than performance facilities as above).
  6. No events are permitted at Level 4.

Changes within our Level 4 guidance have been highlighted in bold for clarity. Please ensure that you have reviewed the latest Scottish Government guidance if planning to take part in informal or organised rides during this period.

Key Contacts


MTB leaders and instructors: 


Cycle sport events: 

Ride leader and recreation programmes: 

Facility management and use queries: refer to the specific guidance

Insurance queries: 

Before resuming any activity please read the following guidance documents (currently being updated)

Clubs & Activities


Risk Management

First Aid


Covid-19 Coordinator

Coaching and Leading

Test & Protect

We advise all riders, clubs, groups, coaches, and leaders to consider if the activity they are planning is possible within the guidelines. If you are not comfortable delivering or organising activity under the current conditions, for example if you feel the activity is unsafe, or you would not like to administer first aid, please do not resume activity at this stage.

Please continue to:

  • Ride responsibly – ride within your ability level. High risk exercise (that may result in injury and require medical care or emergency services support) should be avoided.  
  • Be prepared - consider what tools and spares you need to carry with you so that you are self-sufficient, including maintaining good personal hygiene at all times.

Scottish Championship and Series Events

Scottish Cycling has worked closely with event organisers and taken feedback from riders through a survey and the Event Commissions. At this stage, we can confirm that there will be no Scottish National Series, in any discipline, in 2020. We continue to investigate possibilities for Scottish National Championships and an update will follow in due course.

We will work with event organisers of 2020 Scottish National Championship and Series events as we begin the process of planning for 2021.

Scottish Cycling Staff Team and Office

In line with Scottish Government guidance, the Scottish Cycling office has transitioned to remote working. We ask for the continued support and patience of our members as we adapt to these changes.

Staff Contact List

We continue to work closely with British Cycling, the Scottish Government, sportscotland and other SGBs to progress plans for the return of sport when it is safe to do so.

Public health and wellbeing remains a priority and Scottish Cycling would like to thank the cycling community for their continued adherence to the Scottish Government guidelines. Please continue to enjoy the mental, physical, and social benefits of cycling in a safe a responsible way.

Scottish Cycling fully appreciates the impact of COVID-19 on sport and society as a whole.

We remain committed to highlighting the mental, physical, and social benefits of cycling and cycle sport and are available to support our members, clubs and volunteers during these challenging times.


We will continue to update our membership on a regular basis and will share updates on Twitter and Facebook.