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British Cycling is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy and complying with the principles of the Data Protection Act 1998 (the ‘Act’).

This policy sets out the basis on which any personal data we collect from you, or that you provide to us, will be processed by us. Please read the following carefully to understand our views and practices regarding your personal data and how we'll treat it.

For the purpose of the Act the data controller is the British Cycling Federation of Stuart Street, Manchester, M11 4DQ.

1. Information we may collect from you

We may collect and process the following data about you:

  • Information that you provide by filling in forms on (‘the site’) or This includes information provided at the time of registering to use the site, registering to join a ride, joining Ride Social, subscribing to our mailing list, becoming a member of British Cycling, or requesting further services. We may also ask you for information when you report a problem with the site. If you contact us, we may keep a record of that correspondence. British Cycling may also ask you to complete surveys that we use for research purposes, although you do not have to respond to them.
  • Details of your visits to the site and the resources that you access (including emails we may send you).
  • Your IP address – this is a number that identifies a specific network device on the internet and is required for your device to communicate with websites. See below for more information.

2. IP addresses

We may collect information about your computer, including where available your IP address, operating system and browser type, for system administration and to report aggregate information to our advertisers. This is statistical data about our users' browsing actions and patterns, and does not identify any individual.

3. Cookies

Cookies are small bits of text that are downloaded to your computer or mobile device when you visit a website. Your browser sends these cookies back to the website on each subsequent visit so the website can recognise you and can then tailor what you see on the screen.

Cookies are a key part of the internet. They make your interactions with websites much smoother and power lots of useful features. There are many different uses for cookies, but they fall into four main groups:

  • Cookies that are required to provide the service you have requested
  • Cookies that improve your browsing experience
  • Analytics cookies which help us track our website’s performance
  • Showing advertising that is relevant to your interests.

We may obtain information about your general internet usage by using a cookie file which is stored on the hard drive of your computer. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer's hard drive.

In addition to the above we use third party cookies and pixels to advertise our products and services across the internet (for example via Google AdWords and other services).

Remarketing will display relevant adverts tailored to you based on what parts of our websites you have viewed by placing a cookie on your machine. This does not in any way identify you or give access to your computer. Remarketing allows us to tailor our marketing to better suit your needs, and only display adverts that are relevant to you.

You may refuse to accept cookies by activating the setting on your browser which allows you to refuse the setting of cookies. However, if you select this setting you may be unable to access certain parts of the site. Unless you have adjusted your browser setting to refuse cookies, our system will issue cookies when you log on to the site.

Please note that our advertisers may also use cookies, over which we have no control.

4. How we store your personal data

British Cycling will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this privacy policy.

Where we have given you (or where you have chosen) a password which enables you to access certain parts of the site, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We ask you not to share a password with anyone.

Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to the site; any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.

5. How we may use your information

British Cycling will only use personal information to provide you with services relating to the site. Personal information will only be passed to third parties if you have opted to receive communications from our partners.

We use information held about you in the following ways:

  • To provide you with information, products or services that you request from us or which we feel may interest you, where you have consented to be contacted for such purposes
  • To ensure that content from the site is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer
  • To allow you to participate in interactive features of our service, when you choose to do so
  • To monitor and improve our websites, products and services
  • To carry out our obligations arising from any contracts entered into between you and us
  • To notify you about changes to our services.

You can change your preferences at any time by signing in to your user dashboard.

6. Disclosure of your information

We may disclose your personal information to third parties if we are under a duty to disclose or share your personal data in order to comply with any legal obligation, or in order to enforce or apply our terms of use and other agreements; or to protect the rights, property, or safety of British Cycling, our customers, or others. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organisations for the purposes of fraud protection and credit risk reduction.

7. Your rights

You have the right to ask us not to process your personal data for marketing purposes. We will usually inform you (before collecting your data) if we intend to use your data for such purposes or if we intend to disclose your information to any third party for such purposes. You can exercise your right to prevent such processing by checking certain boxes on the forms we use to collect your data. You can also exercise the right at any time by contacting us at

The site may, from time to time, contain links to and from the websites of our partner networks, advertisers and affiliates. If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that these websites have their own privacy policies and that we do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies. Please check these policies before you submit any personal data to these websites.

8. Access to information

The Act gives you the right to access information held about you. Your right of access can be exercised in accordance with the Act. Any access request may be subject to a fee of £10 to meet our costs in providing you with details of the information we hold about you.

9. Children

Children aged 16 or under wishing to provide personal details to British Cycling should get their parent or guardian's permission to do so.

10. Changes to our privacy policy

Any changes we may make to our privacy policy in the future will be posted on this page and, where appropriate, notified to you by email.

11. Contact us

Questions, comments and requests regarding this privacy policy are welcomed and should be addressed to