Following a number of rumours regarding British Cycling’s involvement in enduro events, we asked them for clarification on their position. It would appear the main concern regarding insurance for events revolves around the fact that “any regulations that British Cycling would need to put in place may have a negative impact on the future sustainability of events”
Here’s their full statement:
“British Cycling has undertaken a detailed review of MTB Enduro events over the past season, including consulting people within the discipline to better understand the structure, event format, process for delivery and the audience. Following this review, we have decided that we are not in a position to insure MTB Enduro events for the moment.
“This is not a decision which has been taken lightly – those involved in MTB Enduro deserve a great deal of credit for the work they have put into an evolving area of the sport which attracts a variety of new and existing participants.
“However, the discipline format does present challenges for event organisation and the officials. From a British Cycling perspective, any requirements or regulations that we would need to put in place may have a negative impact on the future sustainability of events and could also impact on resources we devote to other parts of the sport, particularly MTB Downhill as the two disciplines are closely linked.
“MTB Downhill and its future development and sustainability is something that we are committed to. It is an area that requires continued support and through that support we aim to raise standards and in doing that improving the quality of the racing environment for all. We will continue to engage with those involved in MTB Enduro and support them as the discipline develops.