Thursday, 2 July 2020

Dorset Races Cancelled

The Womens 2 day on 5th/6th September and the Portmore Autumn classic planned for 26th September have both been cancelled due to the COVID pandemic. Currently there is no racing up to 1st August. Organiser Tom Clements told us:
Due to covid 19 and the wider implications of running a race on the health of all involved I have made the decision to cancel both the races in September, the Women’s 2 Day and the Portmore Classic. Hopefully we will be back back next year.”

On a more optimistic note club time trials are currently due to resume the week beginning 13th July, final confirmation of this will come from the CTT.

Friday, 26 June 2020

Coronavirus Update: Club Time Trials Still on Hold...


This update relates to CTT events in England only. It does not relate to events in Wales or Scotland.

In the update on 08 June, it was said that in anticipation of the government restrictions on social distancing being relaxed sufficiently to allow competition to resume once more, the suspension of competition was to be further extended, although for a limited period only, with Type B ‘club’ events being further suspended up to and including 05 July 2020 and all Type A events being further suspended up to and including 17 July 2020.

Since then, although the social distancing measures have been relaxed quite considerably, it remains the case that as of today’s date, people from multiple households can meet only in groups of up to six.

CTT remains optimistic that it will be possible, within the government guidelines, to resume competition in July. However, the guidance released by the government has not been as clear as had been hoped for. It is anticipated that further clarification will be provided by the government when the amended legislation is published, which is expected on 04 July.

CTT is very much aware that clubs and organisers do need certainty about whether or not events can be held. As the government guidance is not clear, and as the amended legislation will unlikely be available until 04 July, it is very unlikely that CTT will be able to give the “green light” in good time for those club events due to be held in the few days after 04 July.

Accordingly, the suspension of Type B ‘club’ events is further extended by one week, up to and including 12 July 2020, to allow time to consider the legislation and any further government guidance that may be published around the same time.

Type A events remain suspended up to and including 17 July 2020.

The COVID-19 risk assessment and guidance – Putting on a Cycling Time Trials Events under COVID-19 is available on the CTT website.

CTT will continue to review the position and a further update will be released shortly.

26 June 2020

Monday, 22 June 2020

Easy for Culverwell as Road Racing Returns to Guernsey

"After all the hype, not the most exciting road race in the end unfortunately!"

Overnight rain meant the race started on wet roads, and the stiff south westerly wind combined with a high tide to add some sea spray to the mix along the coast road too, Reports Alex Margison.....Given the conditions the race started at a fairly steady pace, with the group of 10 Division 1 riders staying together until Sam Culverwell attacked the bunch at the top of the course midway round the second lap of the 6 lap race. He’d built a 25 second lead by the end of the lap, but a crash in the chasing bunch on the notoriously slippery left hand corner at the bottom of the main climb ended the race of both Seb Tremlett and Mike Serafin. It also held the peloton up enough to effectively end the race as a contest too, with Sam’s advantage up to over 2 minutes by the end of the third lap.
The bunch managed to claw back 15 seconds on each of the next two laps, but Sam had edged the gap back out to over 2 minutes by the finish as the chasing group eased up in the final lap for a bit of cat and mouse ahead of the sprint for second place which was won by Jack English from Marc Cox in third.
Full Result
Div 1 1 Sam Culverwell Trinity Racing 6 laps 01:52:46
Div 1 2 Jack English Guernsey Velo Club 6 laps 01:54:54 +2:08
Div 1 3 Marc Cox Guernsey Velo Club 6 laps st +2:08
Div 1 4 James Roe Guernsey Velo Club 6 laps st +2:08
Div 1 5 Sam Reed Côtes d'Armor Marie Morin Véranda Rideau 6 laps st +2:08
Div 1 6 Matt Osborn Guernsey Velo Club 6 laps 01:54:57 +2:11
Div 1 7 Jack Reed CC Plancoët 6 laps 01:56:35 +3:49
Div 1 8 Andy Colver Guernsey Velo Club 6 laps 02:00:55 +8:09
Div 2 9 Jack Hoskins Guernsey Velo Club 5 laps 01:39:23 1 lap
Div 2 10 Tony Bleasdale Guernsey Velo Club 5 laps st 1 lap
Div 2 11 Andy Gibson Guernsey Velo Club 5 laps st 1 lap
Div 2 12 Simon Baker Guernsey Velo Club 5 laps st 1 lap
Div 2 13 Kyle Nelson Guernsey Velo Club 5 laps st 1 lap
Div 2 14 Phil Touzeau Guernsey Velo Club 5 laps st 1 lap
Div 2 15 Jon Osborn Guernsey Velo Club 5 laps 01:39:24 1 lap
Div 2 16 Mark Smith Guernsey Velo Club 5 laps 01:39:29 1 lap
Div 3 17 Dave Fairbrother Guernsey Velo Club 4 laps 01:20:52 2 laps
Div 3 18 Charles Lowe Guernsey Velo Club 4 laps 01:20:53 2 laps
Div 3 19 Nick Despres Guernsey Velo Club 4 laps 01:20:56 2 laps
Div 3 20 Danielle Hanley Guernsey Velo Club 4 laps 01:23:01 2 laps
Div 3 21 Chantal Green Guernsey Velo Club 4 laps st 2 laps
Div 3 22 Andy Godfrey Guernsey Velo Club 4 laps 01:23:02 2 laps
Div 3 23 Adam Torode Guernsey Velo Club 4 laps st 2 laps
Div 3 24 Maddie Wilson Guernsey Velo Club 4 laps st 2 laps
Div 3 25 Kylie Vaudin Guernsey Velo Club 4 laps st 2 laps
Div 3 26 Jack Castleman Guernsey Velo Club 4 laps st 2 laps
Div 3 27 Simon Francart Guernsey Velo Club 4 laps st 2 laps
Div 3 28 Steve James Guernsey Velo Club 4 laps st 2 laps
Div 3 29 Jamie Rive Guernsey Velo Club 4 laps 01:23:03 2 laps
Div 3 30 Alex Clark Guernsey Velo Club 4 laps 01:23:07 2 laps
Div 3 31 Nathan Medlock Guernsey Velo Club 4 laps 01:27:51 2 laps
Div 3 32 Andrea Nightingale Guernsey Velo Club 4 laps 01:32:21 2 laps
Div 3 33 Ed Rocha Guernsey Velo Club 4 laps 01:34:03 2 laps
Div 3 34 Marina Bleasdale Guernsey Velo Club 4 laps 01:38:18 2 laps
Div 3 35 James Duguid Guernsey Velo Club 4 laps 01:38:19 2 laps
Div 3 36 Adrian Vaudin Guernsey Velo Club 4 laps 01:39:30 2 laps

Friday, 19 June 2020

Time Trialling: Another Casualty of Covid 19?

In a reflective mood: Julian Gee (Sotonia CC) looks back with nostalgia and forward with some pessimism……..
On 21st June 1980 I organised my first open time trial – the British Students Sports Federation ‘25’ on the Six Hills course in Leicester. There were only a handful of cyclists at Leicester University at the time so I was grateful for the help of some of the local Leicester clubs and some friends I managed to rope in to run what turned out to be a successful event, with over 60 entries from Universities (and Polytechnics – remember those?) all over the country.
In that era, the traditional club structure was quite strong as I recall and most clubs whose members competed also promoted their own events, whether that be road, track, TT, cross or across all disciplines. Many clubs would also run regular club time trials for their own members and guests during the racing season.
Fast forward 40 years and the scene has changed quite dramatically. There are still plenty of people cycling (even more so during the recent lock down) but many fewer ‘traditional’ clubs and with that the BC and CTT handbook and lists of events are much slimmer volumes that in the past.
There has been an increase in clubs and ‘team’ numbers in recent years but most of these outfits are relatively small, often (but not always) somewhat elitist and usually launch with a manifesto to compete but no obvious plans to shoulder any of the promotional load.
There has been a rise in commercially promoted ‘sportives’ but, these same organisation haven’t much ventured into the promotion of bread and butter road events or time trials – these are still the preserve of a reducing number of clubs that in many cases have been around for decades.
I am reflecting on this following a recent plea from CTT Head Office for people to step forward to help organise events following the hopeful resumption time trialling again as Covid 19 lockdown conditions ease : I hope clubs will be able to reactivate at least some of their promotional plans in what remains of the season and will find a ready stream of volunteers to help run them, however, I am a little pessimistic, not just for this season, but for the seasons ahead.
The recent racing hiatus could see further clubs being unwilling or unable to run the events that they have been promoting year in, year out and then one asks what will happen to the racing calendar longer term and the finances of bodies like CTT (who are mostly financed by race levies)?
I don’t have all the answers to this question (or perhaps any answer!) but I think the recent troubles have highlighted the need for the sport to start to seriously consider the issue of who and how the sport is continued long term, as I suspect (I hope wrongly!) than in a further 40 years (when I might still be around at 101 years’ old – I hope again!) when all that is left to do is to reflect on what once was great sport and pastime.
Julian Gee
P.S. In case you are interested, my first promotion was won by Steve Hudson, (pic) of Coventry in 57-47.

Road Racing Returns to Guernsey this Weekend

With no new cases of Covid-19 for 50 days on Guernsey, local restrictions will be lifted from midnight 19th June allowing contact sport to make a welcome return to the island this weekend. Guernsey Velo Club will be hosting their first road race since 1 March on Sunday (21st) morning on the 7.75 mile L'Erée circuit in the far South West of the island. The start/finish is at Rocquaine Bay and the course immediately heads up the Col du Pleinmont before a false flat along the South coast as far as the airport, then a left turn for a long descent via St Peter's village back down to the coast at L'Erée and down the West coast along Rocque Poisson back to Rocquaine. There are currently 45 signed up, but GVC are expecting further entries on the day, the racing will be run on a divisional basis with Division 1 racing 6 laps, Division 2 5 laps, Division 3 4 laps and a 3 lap novice race. The popular 10-round Open 10 mile Time Trial series also makes a welcome return on Saturday, so it promises to be a busy weekend on the island.

Friday, 12 June 2020

2021 Tour of Britain Race Dates: 5-12 September

Following the postponement of the 2020 Tour of Britain, the provisional race dates for next year’s race are Sunday 5 to Sunday 12 September 2021.

These dates are provisional and subject to change until the publication of the 2021 UCI calendar later this year, although organisers are anticipating there should be no significant change to what is the Tour of Britain’s traditional early September position. Further stage details will be released throughout the summer.

Sunday, 31 May 2020

Guernsey VC Club 10's Results:Racing Returns to the British Isle's!

A successful weekend's racing!

Alex Margison writes………The field was split into two heats to satisfy maximum gathering size rules, with one on the Saturday morning and the other at the same time on Sunday. Weather conditions were pretty similar both days, warm and sunny with a gentle to moderate Easterly meaning a tailwind off the start line and block headwind on the way back round the final bay to the finish.

Fastest on Saturday was Seb Tremlett with a very creditable 20:02 given the foot down start, just outside his own course record of 19:55. Marc Cox posted Sunday's best time and the second fastest of the weekend with 20:23, whilst Trinity Racing's Sam Culverwell recorded the third fastest time with 21.39 on a road bike.

Karina Bowie was top female with 23:54, fractionally missing her own course record of 23:53. Among the the HSBC/Ian Brown's Cycle Shop Academy riders, top male was Thierry Le Cheminant with 23:12 and Kylie Vaudin was fastest junior female with 25:59.

It's been an amazing team effort between the Club and the Guernsey Sports Commission to restart racing on the island this weekend, with Club President Mark Smith putting in the hours to ensure everything ran smoothly and in accordance with our local lockdown exit framework. It felt a little strange not having a minute man to chase down given that fastest riders went off first at two-minute intervals, but it was just a pleasure to be out in the sunshine racing again.

1 Seb Tremlett Guernsey Velo Club Senior 23 - 39 20:02.4
2 Marc Cox Guernsey Velo Club Senior 23 - 39 20:23.2
3 Sam Culverwell Trinity Racing Espoir 18-23 21:39.8
4 Tony Bleasdale Guernsey Velo Club Veteran 40+ 21:39.9
5 Matt Osborn Guernsey Velo Club Senior 23 - 39 21:42.1
6 Steve Dawes Guernsey Velo Club Senior 23 - 39 21:47.2
7 Nathan Gosling Guernsey Velo Club Senior 23 - 39 21:53.5
8 Jack English Guernsey Velo Club Senior 23 - 39 22:25.0
9 James Roe Guernsey Velo Club Senior 23 - 39 22:44.5
10 Kyle Nelson Guernsey Velo Club Senior 23 - 39 22:53.8
11 Neil Ridley Guernsey Velo Club Grand Veteran 50+ 22:59.3
12 Thierry Le Cheminant Guernsey Velo Club Under 16 23:12.3
13 Alex Margison Guernsey Velo Club Veteran 40+ 23:12.4
14 Paul Jackson Guernsey Velo Club Grand Veteran 50+ 23:12.5
15 Mark Smith Guernsey Velo Club Veteran 40+ 23:37.9
16 Richard Saunders Guernsey Velo Club Grand Veteran 50+ 23:38.5
17 Charles Lowe Guernsey Velo Club Senior 23 - 39 23:38.9
18 Gregory Robert Guernsey Velo Club Super Veteran 60+ 23:46.6
19 Jack Hoskins Guernsey Velo Club Espoir 18-23 23:47.0
20 Karina Bowie Guernsey Velo Club Veteran 40+ Female 23:54.7
21 Jack Reed CC Plancoët Junior 16-17 23:55.0
22 Dan O'Hara Guernsey Velo Club Veteran 40+ 23:56.6
23 Andy Gibson Guernsey Velo Club Veteran 40+ Male 24:20.9
24 Nick Ravenscroft Guernsey Velo Club Grand Veteran 50+ Male 24:21.2
25 Sergio Henriques Guernsey Velo Club Veteran 40+ Male 24:26.3
26 Dani Hanley Guernsey Velo Club Senior 23 - 39 Female 24:31.6
27 Steven Palmer Guernsey Velo Club Veteran 40+ Male 24:42.8
28 Philip Reid Guernsey Velo Club Veteran 40+ Male 24:45.3
29 James Duguid Guernsey Velo Club Grand Veteran 50+ Male 24:57.4
30 Charlie Pimlott Guernsey Velo Club Veteran 40+ Male 25:06.5
31 Joshua Saunders Guernsey Velo Club Under 16 Male 25:14.4
32 Bruce Maltwood Guernsey Velo Club Grand Veteran 50+ Male 25:16.5
33 Chantal Green Guernsey Velo Club Senior 23 - 39 Female 25:22.6
34 Andrew Godfrey Guernsey Velo Club Grand Veteran 50+ Male 25:23.1
35 Kylie Vaudin Guernsey Velo Club Junior 16-17 Female 25:59.6
36 Marina Bleasdale Guernsey Velo Club Veteran 40+ Female 26:07.6
37 Philip Touzeau Guernsey Velo Club Senior 23 - 39 Male 26:26.9
38 Ade Vaudin Guernsey Velo Club Grand Veteran 50+ Male 26:48.0
39 Ed Rocha Guernsey Velo Club Veteran 40+ Male 27:19.6
40 Helena Duguid Guernsey Velo Club Under 16 Female 27:21.5
41 Maddie Wilson Guernsey Velo Club Senior 23 - 39 Female 27:24.4
42 Claire Allen Guernsey Velo Club Veteran 40+ Female 27:48.3
43 Dianne Tierney Guernsey Velo Club Veteran 40+ Female 27:48.5
44 Miles Le Prevost Guernsey Velo Club Under14 Male 28:11.0
45 Alex Ward Guernsey Velo Club Under 16 Male 28:35.0
46 Dan Clark Guernsey Velo Club Under 16 Male 28:46.1
47 Andre Carre Guernsey Velo Club Veteran 40+ Male 28:46.6
48 Chay Kennedy-Cook Guernsey Velo Club Under14 Male 29:40.5
49 Gary Wallbridge Guernsey Velo Club Super Veteran 60+ Male 30:06.1
50 Iain Kilpatrick Guernsey Velo Club Grand Veteran 50+ Male 30:21.5
51 Ollie Duguid Guernsey Velo Club Under14 Male 30:40.9
52 Kiko Rocha Guernsey Velo Club Under14 Male 33:29.4
53 Mike De Robillard Guernsey Velo Club Veteran 40+ Male 34:11.0

Friday, 29 May 2020

Racing Finally Returns to the British Isle's: Guernsey VC Club Time Trials

Racing finally returns to the South this weekend with the Guernsey VC Club 10. Thought to be the first racing in the British Isle’s since the start of the Covid 19 lockdown measure’s since March 23rd, the Guernsey Velo Club will run 10 mile time trials on both Saturday & Sunday. The Cobo Bay course on the West Coast starts at the South end of the Bay and heads down the coast to Rocquaine Bay and then back up again to the finish at Albecq. Fairly flat the whole way, with a small rise around Albecq headland just after the start and dead turn at the halfway point. First rider off at 06:45 then 2minute intervals with fastest riders first in the interest of social distancing. Current course record is 19:55 held jointly by Seb Tremlett & James McLaughlin. Saturday’s race includes Guernsey Commonwealth Games riders, Jack English (pictured) & joint course record holder, Seb Tremlett, another games competitor James Roe rides on Sunday.
Guernsey Velo club treasurer Alex Margison told us..
We haven’t had any new cases of Covid on Guernsey for 28 days now, and there are no known cases in the Bailiwick currently, so we’re moving to Phase 4 of our lockdown exit strategy from midnight Friday/Saturday which includes the resumption of non-contact sports. All going well, Phase 5 is a maximum of 8 weeks away and will see the resumption of road racing, MTB racing & our hopefully Academy and Junior training & racing leagues, but I’m afraid travel restrictions won’t be lifted until Phase 6 so the opportunity for off-islanders to come over & race is limited!” Margison added “ I wont miss Zwift this weekend
Rider List
Saturday 30th May
Claire Allen Veteran 40+ Female
Andre Carre Veteran 40+ Male
Dan Clark Under 16 Male
Jack English Senior 23 - 39 Male
Andy Gibson Veteran 40+ Male
Andrew Godfrey Grand Veteran 50+ Male
Chantal Green Senior 23 - 39 Female
Dani Hanley Senior 23 - 39 Female
Jack Hoskins Espoir 18-23 Male
Paul Jackson Grand Veteran 50+ Male
Chay Kennedy-Cook Under14 Male
Iain Kilpatrick Grand Veteran 50+ Male
Miles Le Prevost Under14 Male
Charles Lowe Senior 23 - 39 Male
Nathan Medlock Veteran 40+ Male
Charlie Pimlott Veteran 40+ Male
Nick Ravenscroft Grand Veteran 50+ Male
Jack Reed Junior 16-17 Male
Neil Ridley Grand Veteran 50+ Male
Gregory Robert Super Veteran 60+ Male
Joshua Saunders Under 16 Male
Richard Saunders Grand Veteran 50+ Male
Philip Touzeau Senior 23 - 39 Male
Seb Tremlett Senior 23 - 39 Male
Ade Vaudin Grand Veteran 50+ Male
Kylie Vaudin Junior 16-17 Female
Gary Wallbridge Super Veteran 60+ Male
Alex Ward Under 16 Male
Maddie Wilson Senior 23 - 39 Female

Sunday 31st May

First name Last name Category Gender
Marina Bleasdale Veteran 40+ Female
Tony Bleasdale Veteran 40+ Male
Karina Bowie Veteran 40+ Female
Marc Cox Senior 23 - 39 Male
Steve Dawes Senior 23 - 39 Male
Helena Duguid Under 16 Female
Ollie Duguid Under14 Male
James Duguid Grand Veteran 50+ Male
Nathan Gosling Senior 23 - 39 Male
Sergio Henriques Veteran 40+ Male
Thierry Le Cheminant Under 16 Male
Alex Margison Veteran 40+ Male
Kyle Nelson Senior 23 - 39 Male
Matt Osborn Senior 23 - 39 Male
Philip Reid Veteran 40+ Male
Ed Rocha Veteran 40+ Male
Kiko Rocha Under14 Male
James Roe Senior 23 - 39 Male
Mark Smith Veteran 40+ Male
Dianne Tierney Veteran 40+ Female
Oscar Webber Junior 16-17 Male

Wednesday, 15 April 2020

Winchester Criterium Announces New Date!

Winchester Criterium & Cyclefest 2020 have announced the event will now take place on Sunday 13th September. Originally scheduled for the 14th June but cancelled due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the Winchester Criterium incorporates the South Region circuit race championships. Entries are not yet LIVE on the British Cycling website, further updates are expected……

Sunday, 22 March 2020

Local Clubs Turn to Virtual Racing

As the Corona Virus pandemic takes hold and British Cycling have suspended all sanctioned events including club activities, local clubs are turning to virtual reality racing to replace traditional group rides. The governing body continues to advocate riding bikes, in fact actively encouraging it as a way to support the community but will not support group riding: “Our recommendation to clubs is that no organised activity (including rides, training, coaching, events) should take place during this period, in line with government advice on social gatherings on non-essential travel” reads the British Cycling website. In light of this, Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers, Poole Wheelers, New Forest CC and other local clubs have started to replace regular group rides with racing on Zwift. There are races for all levels of riders and, without having to leave your own home you can pin a virtual number on, it is easy to adhere to social distancing advice, avoid group riding and still stay in contact with your club mates.
Races in Zwift are usually organised into categories from A to D with A being the fastest. Although there might be racers of other categories visible, you’re only usually competing against other riders in your category. Of course Zwift has been around for a while gaining popularity long before Covad-19 threatened outdoor riding but we could be getting a glimpse into the future. Older cyclists have been self isolating for years, it goes with time trialling territory. New generations of bike riders have grown up with social media, platforms that promote distancing, so there should be few problems, surviving on virtual café’s and virtual cake may be the biggest challenge.

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Covid-19: TLI Statement

TLI Cycling

URGENT Announcement Re Coronavirus and Competitive Events:

Monday 16th March 2020

Dear TLI Cycling Member,

Given today’s updated guidelines from the UK Government and the significant changes in the transmission and infection rate of the virus, it is with sincere regret that:

TLI Cycling is suspending all competitive events with immediate effect.

This decision will be reviewed in two months’ time, at which point, depending on national circumstances, it will either be lifted or extended. I’m afraid that an extension looks more likely at this point in time.

I am really sorry to be the bearer of this news, especially given the quality of the 2020 Racing Programme and the massive contribution to date by our Organisers, supported by Rider HQ.

I also appreciate the time, effort and anticipation that all members will have put into getting ready for this season.

Obviously World events have overtaken all of us. Please do look out for one another, especially our older members and those with health concerns. Enjoy your cycling, preferably solo, while we are still allowed to exercise outdoors. It’s good for you!

Thank you for supporting TLI Cycling.

Kind Regards,

Nigel Harrop, National Secretary (On Behalf of the National Management Committee)

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Covid-19:Cycling Time Trials Statement

In light of the government advice now given, Cycling Time Trials (CTT) has taken the decision to suspend all CTT events, (this includes all Type A and Type B events), with immediate effect up to and including Sunday 31 May 2020.

The decision will be subject to continued review and has been taken in the interests of organisers, competitors, all those who volunteer their time to make the events “work”, supporters and in the interests of the time trialling community as a whole.

Where possible, all are encouraged to maintain their own personal fitness and keep active during this time, while following government guidelines about safe distance and safe exercise environments.

CTT will continue to review and monitor government advice and will provide detailed updates in the coming weeks.

Social distancing and advice

Social distancing measures (as defined by Public Health England as spending more than 15 minutes and within a 2-metre distance talking to someone) are now advised not only for those who test positive or have symptoms, but in day to day life. The government is advising anyone with a “new, continuous” cough or high temperature and those they live with that they need to self-isolate to help prevent the spread of the virus.

guidance on coronavirus from the NHS is available here.
guidance can be found on the government website here.
Wash your hands

The World Health Organisation advises that all should wash their hands properly to avoid spread of coronavirus. WHO advise that one of the best and most basic protective measures that people can take against the coronavirus is to wash your hands frequently. On its website, WHO states: ‘Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.’

Covid-19: British Cycling Statement

British Cycling guidance for Covid-19 attached:

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):

- Competitive events at all levels - Non-competitive, registered events (eg sportives, reliability trials) - Recreational rides (throughout our suite of programmes including HSBC UK Breeze, HSBC UK Guided Rides, HSBC UK Ride Social, Let’s Ride Pop-up) - All educational courses or activities (eg coaching courses, Ride Leader courses, commissaire courses)

The decision has been 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, officials, volunteers and spectators, and alleviate the risk of an additional burden on the emergency services at what is a hugely testing time.

We would strongly encourage all levels of the cycling community to join with British Cycling and the rest of the country in doing all we can to halt the spread of the virus in the midst of what is an unprecedented situation, however we recognise that this news will be disappointing, and potentially worrying, for some.

British Cycling chief executive Julie Harrington said: “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.”