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The Cyclists' Alliance steps up to support British athletes affected by Brexit

Lizzie Deignan (Great Britain)
Lizzie Deignan (Great Britain) (Image credit: Getty Images)

The Cyclists' Alliance (TCA) is working with British Cycling to offer support to British athletes who need to travel from United Kingdom to Europe for training and competition based on their employment contracts with UCI-registered women's teams

The support is offered to those athletes who need help navigating travel and work permits after Brexit where the transition period for the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union ended on December 31, 2020.

"We are happy to help you with your individual circumstance so that you can train/race legally & safely in Europe. We are also working in collaboration with British Cycling & Team Managers to support all riders with the correct solution. Pls reach out if you need support," TCA wrote in a post on its Twitter feed Friday.

"We work on behalf of female pro riders who have an employment contract with a UCI team across all cycling disciplines. We are looking to support riders who need to travel to Europe from the U.K. to complete their employment contractual obligations as a professional athlete."

Some of the problems that may arise, for example, riders needing a visa, a work permit or other documentation if they are planning to stay for longer than 90 days in a 180-day period. Riders will need to check the entry requirements and rules of the country they are visiting.

TCA has stated that it is offering three services to British athletes requiring support for travelling to races or training outside the UK, ensuring the correct VISAs and/or work permits based on individual circumstance, and the Exemption Declaration Application Process with British Cycling.

TCA is offering a checklist of information so that riders can get their administration in order before attempting a border crossing.

TCA offers a link to the full legal guidance on its website, however, to ensure that riders make the right choices for their particular individual situation, they can contact TCA for additional legal support and resources.

TCA is a women's riders' association that has gained notoriety for being the de facto union for women's cycling because of the positive work it's done to develop women's cycling. The association equips female athletes with contract and educational support, career advice, legal and retirement assistance, and resources related to abuse in the sport; all in support of its growing membership since it launched at the end of 2017.

The association recently announced its new 10-athlete Elected Rider Council that includes Marianne Vos, Audrey Cordon-Ragot, Christine Majerus, Ellen van Dijk, Amanda Spratt, Haley Smith, Agua Marina Espinola, Leah Kirchmann, Ariane Lüthi, and Marcella Toldi.

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Kirsten Frattini

Kirsten Frattini is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. She has been involved in bike racing from the grassroots level to professional cycling's WorldTour. She has worked in both print and digital publishing, and started with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. Moving into a Production Editor's role in 2014, she produces and publishes international race coverage for all cycling disciplines, edits news and writes features. Currently the Women's Editor at Cyclingnews, Kirsten coordinates global coverage of races, news, features and podcasts about women's professional cycling.