The advice was issued to cyclists across the country, although the governing body has now removed the advice following a backlash.

British Cycling warned: “Out of respect for Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth IIBritish Cycling’s guidance is that there should be no official home events on the day of the state funeral, Monday 19 September. This includes cycling sporting events, club rides, training and community programs (such as Breeze rides).

“British Cycling strongly advises anyone cycling on the day of a state funeral to do so outside the time of the funeral service and associated processions, which will be confirmed later this week. Once published, we will share the details of these Times on this page. As the day of the public funeral has been designated as a national holiday, in line with many other employers, British Cycling is closing for the day.”

One social media user responded: “Dear British cycling. No, that’s all.”

Another added: “I saw that and thought ‘oh they must be referring to the actual procession area.’ No, British Cycling have actually said they don’t think anyone should be cycling at a funeral. Pathetic.”

The guidance has since been changed in an update on the British Cycling website.

The new instructions read: “The date and time of state funerals will be confirmed in due course. British Cycling will provide further information on the implications of the events and activities due to take place on the day once these details have been released.”

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