British Cycling Announces its Plan for Future Event Restrictions

Mar 11, 2021
by Nick Bentley  

Words and Images Nick Bentley (Man Down Media)

British Cycling has announced the inevitable news that there would be a delay to National level racing in the UK this year. This news came within their announcement outlining the way forward for cycling events in the UK based around the UK governments planned removal of lockdown restrictions.

British Cyclings 4 step plan is:

Step 1

From March 8

- Under-18 and school sport as part of education provision and wraparound care.
- People can leave their house to cycle alone, within their household bubble or with one other person.

From March 29 at the earliest:

- British Cycling-affiliated Club rides or recreation programme rides for up to 15 participants (or limited to relevant leader/rider ratios), on highways, trails and tracks.
- Outdoor coach-led club training and coaching for all ages. Numbers to be determined by a coach’s qualification.
- Indoor coaching for under-18s and disabled people, subject to facility access.
- Outdoor club, local and regional competition and challenge events, such as sportives, across a range of disciplines. This will be subject to the guidance set out in The Way Forward.
- Indoor regional competition for under-18s and disabled people, subject to facility access.
- Private provision of education courses limited to six people delivered outdoors.

Step 2

From 12 April at the earliest:

- Outdoor regional and some national competition and challenge events across a range of disciplines, including pilots for road racing and downhill mountain bike events with uplift.
- British Cycling education course delivery, subject to facility access.

Step 3

From 17 May at the earliest:

- Recreational group and club riding in any number (or limited to relevant leader/rider ratios), on highways, trails and tracks.
- Indoor and outdoor coach-led club training and coaching for all ages.
- Indoor regional and national competition for all ages.

Step 4

From 21 June at the earliest:

- All activity to resume.
- Restrictions at this stage TBC.

The plans cover more than just MTB disciplines. However, there is some good news within it for Downhill, events and riders with the statement that from April 12 at the earliest being the target for "downhill mountain bike events with uplift" to restart.

The announcement does come with some bad news, with the following events postponed with a view to rescheduling :

HSBC UK | National Downhill Series Round 1, Antur Stiniog, 17-18 April
HSBC UK | National Cross-Country Series Round 1, 17-18 April
HSBC UK | National Downhill Series Round 2, Fort William, 8-9 May

If and when these events are rescheduled, this will be after step 4 from June 21 at the earliest. More updates will follow, the full British Cycling announcement can be found here.

It goes without saying that all of the above is dependent on the UK government's removal of lockdown restrictions happening on the current proposed dates.


  • 5 2
 Hey! It’s a means to an end. If the delays assist with getting us back to racing, with mitigated measures against another lockdown happening; we’re in!......

If all we’ve got to whine and moan about being pi$$ed for not being able to ride where we want, then do we really have a reason to be angry?! It could be a whole heap worse.
  • 7 1
 Will we have to bring our own testosterone?
  • 4 2
 Can Boris please show when we don't have to stay local by riding his bike considerably further away from number ten than he did last time? Couple of thousand miles should do it.
  • 4 0
 "based around the UK governments planned removal of lockdown restrictions" - so just England then?
  • 2 0
 yeah its different for scotland i'm pretty sure. I think we will be able to travel more and ride with more people sooner than England
  • 2 0
 @archiesgm: So not only do you have some of the best riding you now get to actually ride it.
  • 1 0
 @fatduke: yeah it’s good for us but must feel shit for you guys. Shame you have boris at the wheel, Nicolas Sturgeon has been doing quite a good job in my opinion. All the best
  • 1 0
 It's not how events will take place but when? The how is still being figured out!
  • 1 0
 Cant see them letting us use up lift with 9 others from, Round 1, Antur Stiniog, 17-18 April??
  • 1 0
 Sadly that round is one of the ones currently postponed. Hopefully we will have an update soon.
  • 1 1
 COULD use e-bikes for up lifts, plus use of transponders means do not really need British Cycling officials?

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