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Most websites you visit will use cookies in order to improve your user experience by enabling that website to ‘remember’ you, either for the duration of your visit (using a ‘session cookie’) or for repeat visits (using a ‘persistent cookie’).

Cookies are simple ’text files’ which you can read using the Notebook program on your own PC. Typically, they contain two pieces of information: a site name and unique user ID.

When you visit a site that uses cookies for the first time, a cookie is downloaded onto your PC. The next time you visit that (or partner) site, your PC checks to see if it has a cookie that is relevant (that is, one containing the site name).

The site then ’knows’ that you have been there before, and in some cases, tailors content to take account of that fact. For instance, it can be helpful to vary content according to whether this is your first ever visit to a site – or your 71st. We use cookies to identify members interacting with our website.

Cookies used on our website:

Name Essential to the users Supplied from Expiry length Use
SERVERID YES .britishcycling.org.uk End of Session Used by the British Cycling load balancer to ensure the user is pointed to the correct webserver
ZUVVI YES .britishcycling.org.uk 10 days from impression Used to keep logged in users logged in, and to remember preferences of search criteria on the events calendar
__utma NO .britishcycling.org.uk 2 years from impression These cookies are provided by Google Analytics and allow us to collect anonymous data which we use to manage and optimise the user experience on our website. http://www.google.com/policies/privacy/ads/#toc-analytics
__utmb NO .britishcycling.org.uk 30 minutes from impression These cookies are provided by Google Analytics and allow us to collect anonymous data which we use to manage and optimise the user experience on our website. http://www.google.com/policies/privacy/ads/#toc-analytics
__utmc NO .britishcycling.org.uk End of Session These cookies are provided by Google Analytics and allow us to collect anonymous data which we use to manage and optimise the user experience on our website. http://www.google.com/policies/privacy/ads/#toc-analytics
__utmz NO .britishcycling.org.uk 6 months from impression These cookies are provided by Google Analytics and allow us to collect anonymous data which we use to manage and optimise the user experience on our website. http://www.google.com/policies/privacy/ads/#toc-analytics
id NO fls.doubleclick.net 2 years from impression This cookie is used to record website visits and allows us to serve relevant messages to visitors in future web sessions. http://www.google.com/policies/privacy/ads/#toc-anon-id