Ireland submission to Government for the safe return of cycling events and
Cycling Ireland is preparing a submission to Government regarding the suite of public health measures currently applied to cycling events and activities.
Under Level 3 restrictions, cyclists within the Republic of
Ireland are unable to participate in events – both competitive and leisure, are
restricted to training within pods of a maximum of 15 and cannot travel outside
of their county. Opportunities for Irish cyclists to compete on the
international stage have also been impacted. To date, elite status exemptions
have not received approval from the Sport Expert Group for National
Championship events, including the Cyclocross National Championships which were
due to take place in January 2021.
Within the submission, Cycling Ireland will supply all available
evidence and data for the purposes of informing the development of tailored
proposals and approaches for future mitigation measures.
Cycling Ireland welcomes the consultation and engagement
opportunity provided by Minister Jack
Chambers. Cycling is enjoyed by 510,000 adults weekly within the Republic of
Ireland, making it one of Ireland’s largest participation sports and providing
immeasurable physical, social, and mental health benefits to communities across
the island. Cycling Ireland is committed to ensuring the safe return of cycling
activities and delivering upon our vision of an island enriched by cycling.
Members are encouraged to provide submissions via the survey here. (Closing midnight on the 3rd January 2021).