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Medical certificates now required for events abroad

by Cyclosport

In April 2008 due to event insurance requirements, rules concerning medical certificates and cycling licences changed in France. To take part in any French cyclosportive, including the Etape du Tour, the following rules apply:

- They cannot accept an overseas cycling licence (National Federated Licences, either membership card and/or a racing licence. In the UK, this a British Cycling membership and/or racing licence).

- A Medical certificate must contain this specfic wording "no reason rider cannot take part in cycling competition" .

- The best way for participants to enter is to get their doctors to validate their entry with a stamp and a signature on the entry form.

Regarding the Etape Du Tour specifically, UK operators will start receiving entry forms from the ASO in December. The Etape Du Tour entry form will need to be stamped and signed by your doctor or GP. You will not be able to participate unless you provide the entry form signed and stamped.

*Please note that in France as in other European countries including Italy, cyclosportives are deemed competitive cycling events for event insurance purposes.

**In the UK, US and Ireland cyclosportives are deemed non-competitive events in relation to event insurance purposes.

For French or European cyclosportives which don't provide an entry form, we recommend that you download this standard form from Cyclosport and present it to your doctor/GP and make sure that it is stamped and signed. A copy of this can then be forwarded to the organiser of any event.

The form is acceptable for any French event in accordance with FFC guidelines (French Cycling Federation). The national governing body for French cycling.

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Providing to the event organisers, a copy of your medical certificate, duly stamped and signed by your Doctor, for any European cyclosportive event that you wish to take part in.

You can download the Cyclosport Medical Certificate from here.

Guidelines for suggested fees from the BMA - http://www.bma.org.uk/ap.nsf/Content/noagreement~onlybygp?OpenDocument&Highlight=2,fees,form






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12 Comments

Admin
2nd June 2011 10:46pm Admin wrote:

I rode the Picardie in September on my BC Licence fine

Admin
2nd June 2011 10:46pm Admin wrote:

...and thats a Grand Trophee event

are the rules restricted to just FFC sanctioned events as there is more than one federation in France?

Admin
2nd June 2011 10:46pm Admin wrote:

How come we could ride the Etape this year in July (that does come after April, right?) using only the BC licence? My GP charges £120 for a medical certificate - enough to give you a heart attack! N

Admin
2nd June 2011 10:46pm Admin wrote:

This is OK for big events entered in advance like the Etape. However, it might make things complicated for those who wish to enter non FFC events which they happen to come across on holiday, either sportives or road races. There are three federations in France - FFC which is the UCI organisation like the BCF and then FSGT and UFOLEP. I tried to enter an FSGT road race on a day licence but received a firm "no" as soon as the organiser saw my BCF letter stating that I had insurance to compete in France.

Admin
2nd June 2011 10:46pm Admin wrote:

Mike
I am a GP and a cyclist
I applaud the help that you are giving cyclists who would like to enter competitions in Europe. On the specific issue of your sample medical certificate to be signed by a cyclist's GP, I wouldn't be comfortable signing it in its present format. The small print at the bottom is the problem. By signing it, implicitly a GP is stating that his/her judgement about fitness is in accord with regulations/guidance that they are unlikely to have read, or to have had time during a busy working day to find, download and read. That is not to say that a GP would not use the benefit of their experience and training to make an appropriate judgement without having to mug up on the rules specified in the small print. I expect that most of us would be happy to use our clinical experience and training to make a judgement for our cycling patients, and some of us wouldn't even charge (I can't speak for everybody!). However, your certificate's small print is chaining us to rules/guidance - why not leave the small print out? Alternatively, why not ask cyclists to provide their (busy!) GP with a copy of the rules/guidance specified in the small print?
Kind regards
Mark

Admin
2nd June 2011 10:46pm Admin wrote:

Thanks for all your feedback, we will remove the wording so that this doesn't leave GP's in the position of having to refer to or meet some guidelines that aren't applicable.

Admin
2nd June 2011 10:46pm Admin wrote:

We've also added a link to suggested fees sent by a member to us today on the BMA website. Thank you.

Admin
2nd June 2011 10:46pm Admin wrote:

I've done a couple since April in France -- the 'Time-Megeve Mont Blanc' (quite a big event) and the 'Lauren Desbiens', both times I was just asked for national federation license. Both were very well organized events and worth doing, btw.

The Etape is a different league, which due to its higher profile attracts a larger proprtion of under-prepared/experienced riders (a bit like the London Marathon).

Admin
2nd June 2011 10:46pm Admin wrote:

Forgot to add I think British Cycling are a bit backward with their licenses/membership setup -- there dosn't seem to be any incentive in their various gold/silver/bronze perks-based scheme to actulally get people to have a medical check up or otherwise promote a healthy ifestyle (apart from riding a bike). They're just milking us for £ in other words.

Admin
2nd June 2011 10:46pm Admin wrote:

What sort of medical information is needed for a GP to make their judgement? Is it 'simple stuff' like resting heart rate, blood pressure and evidence of taking part in 'competitive or non-competitive cycling' OR more exotic stuff like VO2max? Are there any guidelines on this?

Admin
2nd June 2011 10:46pm Admin wrote:

I was told by my GP that the Practice does not sign such forms - any suggestions to overcome this... Can a private GP do it ?

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