Based on the Government’s latest advice and guidance on the developing situation around Coronavirus/COVID19, British Cycling has suspended all of its sanctioned, cycling activities, initially until April 30.
This includes (but is not limited to) the recreational rides throughout the HSBC UK Guided Rides and HSBC UK Ride Social programmes.
The decision was taken based on Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s caution against unnecessary travel and contact with others, to take the necessary steps to protect the health and wellbeing of riders and volunteers, and alleviate the risk of an additional burden on the emergency services at what is a hugely testing time.
This was not a decision taken lightly and it is one we have taken in close cooperation with our colleagues at Scottish Cycling and Welsh Cycling.
We fully understand and appreciate the financial, social and community impact that this suspension could have, and we are working now to ensure that cycling is in the best possible health once the suspension can be lifted.
As I’m sure everyone can appreciate, these are truly unprecedented circumstances, and while we will be doing all we can to retain a sense of normality and continuity, it may take some time to return to full capacity as an organisation and as a sport once this situation has been resolved.
We will continue to update our members with more information, and will be doing everything within our power to support those who have contributed to the rich cycling culture that this country boasts.
Added to this, in their words: Cycling UK is advising all groups (where more than one person cycles together) to postpone rides and events for the time being.
What does this mean for you?
Well basically the grown ups are saying we’re not allowed to play with each other any more.
So, with great sadness, all Sofa to Saddle rides, including those run under the British Cycling programmes, that were due to take place prior to April 30 will no longer go ahead. This means the Sunday Social rides, due to take place on 5th & 19th April, and our Guided Friday ride, scheduled for 3rd April, are now officially cancelled.
For those members who wish to continue cycling, we will continue to post routes for our regular club rides and our #teamStS training rides, so that you may ride in your own time. Should you choose to ride with others, you are welcome to use the StS Ride Info group on WhatsApp to arrange your own meeting times and places, but we suggest you take the following sensible precautions: –
- You should not participate, if you or anyone you are in close contact with
- is considered to be at high risk
- has suffered any of the symptoms of COVID-19
- is a member of the Judean People’s Front
- Make sure you have sufficient drinks & snacks for your own requirements
- Not sharing is caring – jelly babies can be carriers too!
- Respect other people’s personal space – this is going to be difficult for some of you, but please, keep your hands to yourself and try to maintain a distance of 2m (6ft)
- Arrive promptly at any agreed meet time, so other riders aren’t kept hanging around, invading each others’ spaces
- If you’re stopping for refreshments of any kind, try not to cough all over each other’s food
The situation is changing rapidly. More rapidly than we can update this page. (Although it’s unlikely to improve quite so quickly.) To keep up-to-date with the latest information, follow us on Twitter or WhatsApp.
You will have read or heard a lot in the media about Coronavirus/COVID19. Much of it is contradictory and confusing. If you are worried about participating in any ride or club activity, we recommend that you consult the latest government advice: GOV.UK