British Cycling ‘strongly recommends’ that no one rides a bike during the Queen’s funeral

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UPDATE 09/13/22 17:17pm: British Cycling has now removed the recommendation that no one rides a bike during funerals from its official advice.

Monday the 19th was set as the date for the Queen’s funeral and subsequently an impromptu bank holiday. Arrangements are being made quickly by businesses and organizations across the country, with many announcing that they will be closed for the day, including some holiday companies.

British Cycling today issued guidelines for event organizers who had scheduled races and events for Monday September 19, essentially advising them to cancel or postpone their events as a mark of respect for the death of the Queen Elizabeth II. They point out that official guidelines from the Royal Household are that there is no need to cancel sporting events during the period of 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 cycling events, clubs and community activities. Therefore, the decision to proceed with events or activities is at the discretion of individual organizers, volunteers, local authorities and landowners.

British Cycling goes on to offer advice on including a minute’s silence at the start of events taking place during the mourning period. In a paragraph titled “Events and Activities on the Day of the State Funeral“they advise events not to take place on the day of the funeral itself, but in addition to this advice to event organisers, British Cycling has gone further by ‘strongly recommending’ that no one should cycle at all during funeral times.

British Cycling strongly recommends that anyone cycling on the day of the state funeral do so outside the times of the funeral and associated processions, which will be confirmed later this week. Once published, we will share the details of these times on this page.

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

The full statement reads…

Following the death of Her Majesty The Queen yesterday afternoon, the Royal Household today issued guidelines for the period of national mourning, which will continue until the end of the day on State funeral.

You can read the full Royal Household advice here. An abbreviated summary for event organisers, volunteers and other sport stakeholders 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 cycling events, clubs and community activities. Therefore, the decision to proceed with events or activities is at the discretion of individual organizers, volunteers, local authorities and landowners.

As a sign of respect and in keeping with the tone of national mourning, organizers may wish to observe a period of silence and/or play the national anthem at the start of events, and those in attendance may wish to wear black arm bands.

We urge all event organizers and volunteers to check with facility operators, local authorities and landowners – where applicable – for any changes to their own operations during the period of national mourning.

Riders competing internationally during the national mourning period may also wish to wear black armbands. This will be the case for all riders representing the Great Britain cycling team during this period.

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 advice is that no official domestic activities should take place on the day of the state funeral, Monday September 19. This includes cycling sporting events, club rides, workouts, and community programs (such as Breeze rides).

British Cycling strongly recommends that anyone cycling on the day of the state funeral do so outside the times of the funeral and associated processions, which will be confirmed later this week. Once published, we will share the details of these times on this page.

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

Beaumont Trophy and Courlis Cup

Due to the reallocation of police resources this weekend in preparation for the state funeral, the Curlew Cup and Beaumont Trophy – which were due 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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