New health recommendations affecting cycling for next six weeks

New health recommendations affecting cycling for next six weeks


As you may be aware, in response to increased cases of COVID-19, NSW Health has advised sporting organisations to implement a set of new recommendations, as set out in this letter from the Chief Health Officer.

NSW Health recommendations

NSW Health’s new recommendations are as follows:

  • Cease activities that result in the mixing of participants and staff from different regions, for example by ceasing zone, regional or state championships or competitions
  • Cease any activities that result in overnight stays (e.g. multi-day training camps) due to increased risk of COVID transmission in residential-type settings with shared facilities
  • Cease face-to-face social activities relating to community sports (e.g. award ceremonies, end-of-season social gatherings, post-training group dinners)
  • Avoid carpools or bus travel with people from different household groups where possible
  • For local activities, limit spectators to one parent only, where the child requires parental supervision during the sporting activity.

NSW Health anticipates these recommendations will remain in place from today (Wednesday 19 August) for the next six weeks.

What does this mean for cycling?

Throughout this year, Cycling NSW has followed, and will continue to follow, NSW Government advice about COVID-19 as closely as possible. The health and safety of the community continues to be our primary concern. 

We note that NSW Health’s recommendations contain some ambiguities. For example, it is not clear what constitutes a “different region”. We are pressing the government for clarification on these. However, while we await that clarification, we feel it is important to give you as much guidance as we can sooner rather than later. Therefore, we are setting out the recommendations below.

We confirm that the following events will be postponed:

  • NSW Criterium Championships
  • NSW Masters Road Championships

Cycling NSW asks clubs and members to please implement the following recommendations until 30 September at the earliest:

  • Country clubs to restrict events only to participants from clubs in their division*
  • Metropolitan and Metropolitan South/West clubs to restrict events only to participants from Metropolitan and Metropolitan South/West clubs*
  • For any events, have a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place and be fully compliant with this plan^
  • Limit spectators at events to one parent or guardian per junior participant. Adult participants should attend events alone
  • Avoid carpools or bus travel with people from different household groups where possible
  • Cease any activities that result in overnight stays (e.g. multi-day training camps)
  • Cease face-to-face social activities such as award ceremonies and group dinners
  • Respect the Cycling NSW core principles such as social distancing, hand hygiene and “Get In, Race, Get Out”
  • Do not attend any event or gathering if you have visited a COVID-19 case location and need to self-isolate and get tested immediately

*For a map showing divisions, visit our Club Finder page. A host club could grant an exemption to a rider who, in practice, lives and stays in the region, but happens to be a member of a club in another division.

As a general recommendation, we suggest riders only attend events hosted by your home club. In any case, please endeavour to avoid switching between different clubs’ events over the next six weeks. If a club wishes to restrict their events to club members only, they are free to do so.

^For assistance with creating a COVID-19 Safety Plan, refer to the Cycling NSW COVID-19 resource page.

We know this is already a difficult time for many, and these next six weeks will prove even more challenging. For many, these recommendations mean a further restriction on the number and variety of events you can attend. 

However, when we consider the situation in other parts of Australia and the world, we can at least be grateful for the freedom to continue many of the cycling activities we enjoy. Everyone can play their part in the greater welfare of our community by respecting the recommendations and staying local as much as possible.

We can only hope that by following these recommendations, we can reduce the transmission of COVID-19, keep club racing and training open, and build towards a safe return to inter-regional events after six weeks. To that end, we are already planning an amended state open calendar for the end of this six-week period. You can view this tentative calendar here.

For further information, please refer to this FAQ document from the NSW Office of Sport, which has been developed in consultation with NSW Health. We will of course keep you updated as much as possible over the coming weeks.

Yours in cycling,

Graham Seers
CEO, Cycling NSW