If you're organising a time trial or cycle race, you need to let us know.
Under the Cycle Racing on Highways Regulations 1960, clubs need to inform the police in the area their event is taking place no less than 28 days before the date of the event.
Please be aware that sometimes the route you would like to use may not be available, due to roadworks or other events happening in the area. Local authorities or the police may ask you to change the route of your event to accommodate this and ensure minimal disruption to other road users.
For further information please contact the Abnormal Loads team on 01380 861040. You can also email:firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to us at Police Headquarters, London Road, Devizes, SN10 2DN
Cycling Time Trials
Cycling Time Trials (CTT) is the National Governing Body for time trials in England, Scotland and Wales. Clubs affiliated to the CTT provide a variety of events, from short hill climbs to 24 hour events, also on closed motor racing circuits. For more information about CTT clubs in Wiltshire please email Andy Cook, the West of England CTT representative at email@example.com
British Cycling is the Governing Body for cycle racing in Great Britain as recognised by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and the Sports Councils. You can contact British Cycling at firstname.lastname@example.org, call on 0161 274 2000, or visit British Cycling website
Other types of events
Other cycling events, such as triathlons, sportives or charity events are not governed by the Cycle Racing on the Highway Regulations. However you will still need to apply to Wiltshire Council to hold an event on the highway.
For further information contact Kevin Oliver, Wiltshire Council Events Coordinator, on 01380 826335 or by email: email@example.com
Keeping safe - things to consider
Any road junction or roundabout can constitute a hazard in a race. You will often be approaching much faster than drivers expect, which can lead to errors of judgement. Be ready for this.
Take care at slip roads joining and leaving dual carriageways and other major roads, due to the long period when a cyclist can be between two lanes of merging traffic or exposed to vehicles leaving the main carriageway at high speed.
Cyclists are less visible than most other road users, so you should remember this when approaching junctions.
Don't u-turn in the road, either when warming up for an event, or after finishing. Drivers do not normally expect other road users to make this manoeuvre, which means it can be dangerous.
Don't ride with your head down, even on a clearway. Cars may stop for a variety of reasons and the responsibility for avoiding them rests with the rider. In the event of a collision, the fact that the car was contravening the clearway regulations will not be an excuse. A rider can expect to be suspended from competition for any failure to watch where they are going.