Cookies policy

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We use cookies on our websites. The next few sections contain information on the following:
  1. What are cookies?
  2. Why do we use cookies?
  3. How do we categorise cookies?
  4. What first-party cookies does use?
  5. What cookies do third parties use?
  6. What can you do?
  7. Email tracking
  8. Further information

1. What are cookies?

Also known as browser cookies or tracking cookies, cookies are small, often encrypted, text files that are stored in the memory or the hard disk of your device. A device could be your computer, mobile phone, tablet or any other device you use to access the internet.

They are used by us to help our users navigate this website efficiently and perform certain functions. Due to their core role of enhancing or enabling usability or site processes, disabling cookies may prevent users from using certain parts of this website.

2. Why do we use cookies?

We use cookies to distinguish you from other users of this website and to provide increased performance and functionality on our website. Not only does this allow us to immediately provide you with a better user experience but it also helps us to further develop and improve the website in the future.

Please note that not all the cookies on our website are set by us.

3. How do we categorise cookies?

Cycling UK uses the popular Cookie Consent application by OneTrust ( to regularly scan, audit and categorise cookies employed on the Cycling UK website.

Cookies on the Cycling UK website can be split into the following four categories:

Strictly necessary cookies

These are essential cookies which are vital for website functionality and cannot be disabled. They respond to user actions like setting privacy preferences or logging in. Blocking them may impair site functionality, but they don't store personally identifiable information, ensuring user privacy is maintained while browsing.

Functional cookies

Functional cookies enhance website functionality and personalisation, set by us or third-party providers. Disabling them may affect service availability. They enable additional features and customisation options, ensuring a better user experience.

Performance cookies

These cookies track visits and traffic sources, aiding in site performance assessment and improvement. They provide insights into popular pages and visitor navigation. Information collected is anonymous and aggregated. Disabling them restricts our ability to monitor site visits and performance effectively.

Targeting cookies

Targeting cookies set by advertising partners personalise ads based on browsing behaviour. They create interest profiles by uniquely identifying your browser and internet device but without storing personal data. Blocking these cookies reduces targeted advertising effectiveness, impacting ad relevance.

4. ​What first-party cookies does use?

First-party cookies are set by the domain you are visiting directly, while third-party cookies are set by domains other than the one you are currently visiting. First-party cookies are typically used for essential website functions or personalisation, while third-party cookies are often used for tracking user behaviour across multiple sites for advertising or analytics purposes.

The following tables summarise the first-party cookies set by Cycling UK for the domain and other associated domains such as

Please see the attached scan report from OneTrust below for the complete scan results of the Cycling UK website.

TypeCookie nameDescription
Strictly necessary__cf_bmThe __cf_bm cookie is a cookie necessary to support Cloudflare Bot Management, currently in private beta. As part of our bot management service, this cookie helps manage incoming traffic that matches criteria associated with bots. This is a CloudFoundry cookie.
Strictly necessary__RequestVerificationTokenThis is an anti-forgery cookie set by web applications built using ASP.NET MVC technologies. It is designed to stop unauthorised posting of content to a website, known as Cross-Site Request Forgery. It holds no information about the user and is destroyed on closing the browser.
Strictly necessary_acceptance_passedGoogle Analytics Cookies.
Strictly necessaryARRAffinityThis cookie is set by websites run on the Windows Azure cloud platform. It is used for load balancing to make sure the visitor page requests are routed to the same server in any browsing session.
Strictly necessaryARRAffinitySameSiteThis cookie is set by websites run on the Windows Azure cloud platform.
Strictly necessaryASP.NET_SessionIdGeneral purpose platform session cookie, used by sites written with Microsoft .NET based technologies. Usually used to maintain an anonymised user session by the server.
Strictly necessaryAWSALBAWS ELB application load balancer.
Strictly necessaryContextLanguageCodeUsed by Microsoft Dynamics to stores the default language of the user accessing website within a session and across webpages.
Strictly necessarycookie-agreed-versionStores the user's cookie preferences.
Strictly necessaryDynamics365PortalAnalyticsUsed by Microsoft Dynamics to analyse service usage anonymously and aggregated for statistical purpose.
Strictly necessaryisDSTObservedUsed by Microsoft Dynamics to store a value to indicate if the current moment is in daylight saving time.
Strictly necessaryisDSTSupportUsed by Microsoft Dynamics to indicates whether a specified date and time falls in the range of daylight saving time.
Strictly necessaryJSESSIONIDGeneral purpose platform session cookie, used by sites written in JSP. Usually used to maintain an anonymous user session by the server.
Strictly necessaryMicrosoftApplicationsTelemetryDeviceIdMicrosoft sets this cookie to install a unique device ID that is used to track how users behave and interact with the Microsoft application on the device.
Strictly necessarymsd365mkttrUsed by Microsoft Dynamics to enable form submission data.
Strictly necessaryphpbb3_69e7g_kThis cookie is set by the Cycling UK forum running phpBB3.
Strictly necessarytimeZoneCodeUsed by Microsoft Dynamics to store the current time zone.
Strictly necessarytimezoneoffsetUsed by Microsoft Dynamics to store the current time zone offset.
Functional__stripe_midStripe is used to making credit card payments. Stripe uses a cookie to remember who you are and to enable the website to process payments without storing any credit card information on its own servers.
Functional__stripe_sidStripe is used to making credit card payments. Stripe uses a cookie to remember who you are and to enable the website to process payments without storing any credit card information on its own servers.
FunctionalDrupal.visitor.access_tokenThis cookie is set by websites run on the Drupal CMS.
FunctionalDrupal.visitor.id_tokenThis cookie is set by websites run on the Drupal CMS.
FunctionalDrupal.visitor.refresh_tokenThis cookie is set by websites run on the Drupal CMS.
Functionalen_sessionIdGeneral purpose platform session cookie used to maintain an anonymous user session by the server.
Functionalphpbb3_69e7g_sidThis cookie is set by the Cycling UK forum running phpBB3.
Functionalphpbb3_69e7g_uThis cookie is set by the Cycling UK forum running phpBB3.
Performance_gaThis cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics - which is a significant update to Google's more commonly used analytics service. This cookie is used to distinguish unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. It is included in each page request in a site and used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the sites analytics reports.  By default it is set to expire after 2 years, although this is customisable by website owners.
Performance_ga_xxxxxxxxxxGoogle Analytics Cookies.
Performance_gatThis cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics, according to documentation it is used to throttle the request rate - limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites. It expires after 10 minutes.
Performance_gclxxxxGoogle conversion tracking cookie.
Performance_gidThis cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics. This appears to be a new cookie and as of Spring 2017 no information is available from Google. It appears to store and update a unique value for each page visited._gid
Performance_hjCookieTestHotJar tracking cookie.
Performance_hjSession_3674442A cookie that holds the current session data. This ensures that subsequent requests within the session window will be attributed to the same Hotjar session.
Performance_hjSessionUser_3674442Hotjar cookie that is set when a user first lands on a page with the Hotjar script. It is used to persist the Hotjar User ID, unique to that site on the browser. This ensures that behaviour in subsequent visits to the same site will be attributed to the same user ID.
Performance_hjTLDTestWhen the Hotjar script executes we try to determine the most generic cookie path we should use, instead of the page hostname. This is done so that cookies can be shared across subdomains (where applicable). To determine this, we try to store the _hjTLDTest cookie for different URL substring alternatives until it fails. After this check, the cookie is removed.
Targeting_gat_UA-4595365-xGoogle Analytics Cookies.

5. What cookies do third parties use?

We use a variety of widely used social media tools and external applications to enhance your interaction with this website; for example, we sometimes embed videos from YouTube. As a result, you may be sent cookies from these third-party websites.

We have no direct control over the content of the cookies they create, the use made of any data collected, or the security of that data. These third parties may collect information about your visit to our website, and they may use this with other data in order to serve advertising which may be more relevant to you. 

TypeHostCookie name
Strictly necessarym.stripe.comm

6. What can you do?

Cycling UK has provided an interface which allows you to select which types of cookies are installed on your device when you visit the website for the first time. These preferences are remembered for 100 days, after which you will be asked to confirm your choices again.

All website users can also configure their own device to control the use of cookies.  Please visit or device specific advice.

7. Email tracking

As a Cycling UK member, recipient of our non-member newsletter, or have registered to receive other communications via email, email messages you receive may be trackable at an individual level.

This allows us to determine how successful emails are - whether they have been opened and whether links have been clicked. This information is used to improve our email communications and may occasionally be used to send relevant further communications in response to your actions (e.g. clicking a particular link) or inactions (e.g. not opening an email) - in accordance with your contact preferences.

8. Further information

Please contact Alternatively, if you would like further independent information about cookies then please visit