British Cycling ‘Strongly Recommends’ No One Rides Their Bike During The Queen’s Funeral

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UPDATE 13/09/22 17:17pm: British Cycling have now removed the recommendation that no one rides their bike during the funeral from their official advice.

Monday the 19th has been set as the date of the Queen’s funeral and subsequently an impromptu bank holiday. Arrangements are being swiftly made by businesses and organisations around the country with many announcing they will be closed for the day, including some holiday companies.

British Cycling have today issued guidance for event organisers who had planned races and events scheduled for Monday 19th September essentially advising them to cancel or postpone their events in a mark or respect for the death of Queen Elizabeth II. They do point out that official guidance from the Royal Household is that it is not necessary to cancel sporting events during the mourning period.

The Royal Household has advised that there is no obligation to cancel or postpone events during the period of National Mourning, and this extends to all planned cycle-sport events, club and community activity. Therefore the decision to proceed with events or activities is at the discretion of individual organisers, volunteers, local authorities and landowners.

British Cycling go on to offer advice on including a minute of silence at the start of events that do go ahead during the mourning period. In a paragraph titled “Events and activities on the day of the State Funeral” they advise events to not be run on the day of the funeral itself, but in addition to this advice to event organisers British Cycling have gone further to ‘strongly recommend’ that no one should ride their bikes at all during the hours of the funeral.

British Cycling strongly recommends that anybody out riding their bike on the day of the State Funeral does so outside of the timings of the funeral service and associated processions, which will be confirmed later this week. Once published, we will share the details of those timings on this page.

British Cycling

The full text of the British Cycling statement offering advice and recommendations for the day of the funeral can be read here

Full statement reads..

Following the passing of Her Majesty The Queen yesterday afternoon, the Royal Household has today published guidance for the period of National Mourning, which will continue until the end of the day of the State Funeral.

You can read the full guidance from the Royal Household here. A shortened summary for event organisers, volunteers and other stakeholders in the sport can be found below.

Events and activities during the period of National Mourning

The Royal Household has advised that there is no obligation to cancel or postpone events during the period of National Mourning, and this extends to all planned cycle-sport events, club and community activity. Therefore the decision to proceed with events or activities is at the discretion of individual organisers, volunteers, local authorities and landowners.

As a mark of respect, and in keeping with the tone of National Mourning, organisers may wish to hold a period of silence and/or play the National Anthem at the start of events, and those present may wish to wear black armbands.

We would strongly advise all event organisers and volunteers to check with facility operators, local authorities and landowners – where relevant – on any changes to their own operations during the period of National Mourning.

Riders competing internationally during the period of National Mourning may also wish to wear black armbands. This will be the case for all riders representing the Great Britain Cycling Team during this time.

Events and activities on the day of the State Funeral

As a mark of respect to Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, British Cycling’s guidance is that no formal domestic activities should take place on the day of the State Funeral, Monday 19 September. This includes cycle sport events, club rides, coaching sessions and community programmes (such as Breeze rides).

British Cycling strongly recommends that anybody out riding their bike on the day of the State Funeral does so outside of the timings of the funeral service and associated processions, which will be confirmed later this week. Once published, we will share the details of those timings on this page.

As the day of the State Funeral has been designated as a national bank holiday, in line with many other employers British Cycling will close for the day.

Beaumont Trophy and Curlew Cup

Due to the re-allocation of police resources this weekend in preparation for the State Funeral, the Curlew Cup and Beaumont Trophy – which were scheduled to take place on Sunday – have been postponed.

The two races, which are the final rounds of the men’s and women’s National Road Series respectively, will now take place on Sunday 9 October.

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  • British Cycling ‘Strongly Recommends’ No One Rides Their Bike During The Queen’s Funeral
  • imnotverygood
    Full Member

    3….2….1….

    cyclelife
    Free Member

    Could be the best day on the trails, quiet and great weather- I decree that I shall ride my trusty steed on Monday.

    Stainypants
    Full Member

    I assume this is stop the daily mail headlines or do think the police might arrest anyone cycling during the funeral for causing offence. I plan to up a mountain on my bike or walking. The only people that will see me will doing the same.

    ScotRoutes
    Full Member

    Beyond satire.

    k
    Full Member

    What have the BC press office said about telling people not to ride thier bikes?

    weeksy
    Full Member

    They better not show up at 417 !

    ShawConvert
    Full Member

    British Cycling strongly recommends that anybody out riding their bike on the day of the State Funeral does so outside of the timings of the funeral service and associated processions, which will be confirmed later this week. Once published, we will share the details of those timings on this page.

    IMO BC really overstepped the mark with this. There was just no need for them to state an opinion. There will be people who have strong opinions about not getting swept up in the funeral. There will be people with significant issues with funerals triggering personal memories. There will be people who live alone who just don’t want to be morbid alone watching tv. Being out on their bike might well be the best place for them.

    My Remembrance Sunday tradition is a contemplative ride – I see no reason why this would not be appropriate on Monday for those that wished to.

    Chipps
    Full Member

    BC seems to have been frantically trying to backpedal on that bit of advice and it no longer appears on its main page. The damage appears to have been done, though 🙂

    hot_fiat
    Full Member

    Acutally BC, you know what: get stuffed! Even as a bit of proud Monarchist this is b011ocks. Prescriptive stuff like the really boils my wee.

    Thepurist
    Full Member

    I’d been pondering whether to join BC or CUK lately, this has helped that decision.

    Martinhuutch
    Full Member

    I’m now rather pleased to be out of the country this week. It’s gone insane!

    ShawConvert
    Full Member

    BC seems to have been frantically trying to backpedal on that bit of advice and it no longer appears on its main page. The damage appears to have been done, though 🙂

    I’m not so sure now – if you keep refreshing the page the heavy handed ‘advice’ comes and goes. So it must be on one server and not on a 2nd.

    neil the wheel
    Full Member

    I’d been pondering whether to join BC or CUK lately, this has helped that decision.

    CUK, patron HM the Queen, also emailed to tell me how sad they all are.

    robertajobb
    Full Member

    They can go fhook themselves with an orb and sceptre.

    What British Cycling should be doing is tackling head on the fundemetal reasons why we have such utterly shiiite access to go ride bikes in the countryside – that being exactly because of the monarchistic system in Britian that stole land from the masses, displaced tens of thousands (not giving a toss whether they subsequently stsrved to death) and divvied it up amongst royalist cronies.

    dissonance
    Full Member

    CUK, patron HM the Queen, also emailed to tell me how sad they all are.

    Saying they are sad is fine (although I expect Private Eye would be able to fill an entire issue with whatever they call the marketing whilst pretending to be sad section) but telling people not to ride is somewhat different.

    robertajobb
    Full Member

    And imagine any other organisation where the head personally bank rolls an accused paedophile to an estimated £12 million to help ensure they never have to face a fair and proper trial. THAT’S the British monarchy that the sycophants around the country are fawning over.
    It makes me sick.

    jonnyboi
    Full Member

    Rank incompetence. Even the official advice is that there is no need to cancel sporting events. They have managed to piss everyone off royalist or republican with this one

    TomB
    Full Member

    Left BC this year, no regrets….

    gunz
    Full Member

    People dying is sad, I get it, but the level of virtue signalling on display over the last few days is astounding. See you on the trails Monday.

    voodoo
    Free Member

    What worries me is some people who represent cycling can come up with this rubbish. Makes you wonder if they are fit for purpose.

    ac282
    Full Member

    This makes no sense. Anyone who might bothered will be inside watching TV.

    malv173
    Free Member

    Utterly ridiculous. There’s also an amateur football club in Sheffield that is likely to be disciplined for arranging a friendly match on the day if the funeral.

    https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/uk-news/football-club-finds-way-around-24984629

    The free nation stricken by Stockholm syndrome. The free nation where defenders of free speech are outraged by folk protesting. People proclaiming pride in the country which has possibly perpetrated more crimes against humanity than most others.

    nickc
    Full Member

    I was trying to clear the last jump on Heart of Darkness when it was announced she’d died, I feel it’s what she would’ve wanted. I’ll probs be riding on Monday.

    gougedeye
    Free Member

    Surely there has to be an end to this sycophantic grovelling somewhere?

    malv173
    Free Member

    Riding bikes is disrespectful, playing football is disrespectful, but informing people they may lose their jobs isn’t…

    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/sep/13/king-charles-staff-given-redundancy-notice-during-church-service-for-queen

    Southside
    Full Member

    Meanwhile BC‘s embarrassment has reached the national media:
    https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2022/sep/13/worthy-of-the-stasi-british-cycling-in-queens-funeral-u-turn-after-ridicule

    Really it’s a bit of a storm in a tea cup – a stupid decision at BC and the chance for a justified rant before ignoring it. The people I feel sorry for is everyone staying at Centre Parcs, who were told they had to leave for the whole of the Monday.

    cheekysprocket
    Full Member

    Sooooooo, no cycling to work for me on Monday? Does BC advocate driving my car to work to be more respectful instead?

    Stu S
    Free Member

    This is bonkers advice from BC and too right they’ve rowed rack but the Centre Parcs one is on a completely different planet of lunacy. W t actual f?

    Steve
    Full Member

    I’m sure the Daily Mail types would have been delighted to be held up on their journey to watch the funeral by a bunch of those cyclists who don’t pay road tax or gave number plates.

    rickmeister
    Full Member

    As a Brit living in Germany, no cycling for me on Monday too?

    matt_outandabout
    Full Member

    Left BC this year, no regrets….

    ☝️

    It sums up BC to me. Incompetence and living in an echo chamber of thier own making.

    Steve
    Full Member

    It sums up BC to me. Incompetence and living in an echo chamber of their own making.

    Generally this, but on this occasion I’m willing to hope it was a high profile body of an often maligned minority pastime trying to be seen to do the right thing, and badly misjudging part of the original message.

    I’m with Cycling UK

    Olly
    Free Member

    Bikes

    Are

    Not

    nessecarily

    Toys.

    Have the DVLA or Highways england issued any advice as to whether people should refrain from driving around?

    Perhaps Clarks and Schu could band together and release some advise about walking about too.

    BC doing their best UCi impression?

    a11y
    Full Member

    Ha, and that’s my BC membership renewal e-mail just arrived. I’d always been with the CTC/CUK for the 3rd party liability but swapped to family membership with BC as the kids (apparently) needed it for entering some local bike races. Hoping there’s no need to continue that as BC really don’t inspire the slightest bit of confidence with judgements like this.

    Josh
    Free Member

    I will be riding mine. I may even wool.

    I’m mainly gutted that Alton towers is shut I thought it would be an excellent use of my enforced day off.

    13thfloormonk
    Full Member

    I’m sure the Daily Mail types would have been delighted to be held up on their journey to watch the funeral by a bunch of those cyclists who don’t pay road tax or gave number plates.

    Yeah… I’m going to give BC a wee bit of leeway here, maybe they were just thinking of potential negative press if e.g. there were large, visible groups of cyclists out on the roads on the Monday, would be an easy win for the tabloids.

    Sad state of affairs but you could almost argue that BC are right to think about ‘reputation management’ of the sport…

    a11y
    Full Member

    I’m mainly gutted that Alton towers is shut I thought it would be an excellent use of my enforced day off.

    We were in the middle of our 5-hr mile drive to Alton Towers on Thursday evening last week. Thankfully they didn’t close on the days that followed! P.S. it was bloody awesome, first time back for me in 20+ years.

    glp1
    Free Member

    I will most certainly be out riding on Monday. I will undoubtedly give thought to the reason for why and reflect on that as my observance of the day and in respect to The Queen.

    mert
    Free Member

    Might just be as there won’t be any police or ambulances available as they’ll all be busy dealing with the mourning gammons who are very “tired” after toasting the queen and your new kings health…

    Much the same as advice not to do stupid MTBing things during lockdown, as the hospitals were quite busy.

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