Rather than spam your newsfeed with a constant stream of coronavirus news, we're going to take a leaf out of our sister site's book
and instead create a single page that we'll update as news comes in. Here's everything we've had drop into the inbox so far:
- The UCI has announced that the XC World Championships which was due to take place between the 25-28 June has been postponed.Current list of all cancelled or postponed World Cup events:
- Hope has announced it will be temporarily shutting down its production facility to keep its staff and wider community safe during the COVID-19 epidemic.
- BC Bike Race won't take place in July. The organizers have postponed it until September.
- Swatch Rocket Air will no longer take place in 2020 and will now be reorganized for 2021. Switzerland has a ban in place for gatherings of more than 100 people and the Flying Metal Crew are not confident this will be lifted by May 1/2, when the event is due to take place.
A statement reads: "The organizing Flying Metal Crew has decided to stop all preparations and postpone the event to 2021. The date is already set: April 30th to May 1st, 2021, should the event take place. “Even so, we will carry a deficit”, says OC president Jérôme Hunziker, “but one that we can likely manage with the help of our partners”.
The sponsors and partners were informed in advance and showed a lot of understanding. Not only do they want to help fill the financial gap, but many have already secured their commitment for 2021. Hunziker is optimistic: “We are very happy about the support, and this is motivation all the greater to hold the event next year and to infect the 10,000 spectators with the passion of bike virus.”
In the meantime, here is the final of 2019, 2 hours of finest slopestyle action, enjoy:
- Accell Group has scaled down its bicycle production by 70% due to the impacts of the Coronavirus. The first half of the year is the most important for Accell but it has now missed out on that due to sweeping lockdowns in Europe. The Group, that includes brands such as Lapierre, Ghost and Haibike, has announced its parts and accessories production will not be affected. The brand has also cancelled a €0.30 dividend proposal and drawn €50 million on its term loan, increasing it to €125 million. A statement read: "Given the exceptional circumstances, we are in close and constructive contact with our syndicate banks to keep them informed of the impact of the pandemic on our business and financial position. We also intend to make full use of the various government relief measures in all relevant countries." More information can be found, here
- The UCI announced more elite mtb racing changes as Fort William has been cancelled and Nove Mesto has been postponed. More, here
- Japan and the IOC have confirmed a postponement of the 2020 Olympics. A new date is likely to be found before the end of July next year.
- In a phone interview with USA Today, the International Olympic Committee's Dick Pound said that the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will not be starting on July 24, 2020. They are going to be postponed, likely to 2021. The IOC says they will be working out the details in the next four weeks and announcing the next steps soon. More info here
- Canada has withdrawn from the 2020 summer Olympics and is hoping for a new date in 2021. Australia and New Zealand have also indicated that they will follow suit. More info, here
- 2 British ebike events, the UK Ebike Summit and the London e-Bike Festival, have both been postponed. The Ebike summit has a new date of September 8 but the e-Bike Festival is yet to announce a new date. More info can be found via Cycling Industry News, here
- The iXS Downhill Cup have announced that the first round of the European DH Cup in Maribor has been postponed with a new date still to be decided. A statement reads:
"Based upon the current situation it is confirmed that the first iXS EDC will not take place in April. The local organizer of Maribor is trying to postpone the entire event and the following World Cup to a later date in 2020."
"Unfortunately it‘s not easy, because many criteria have to be considered for a potential rescheduling and therefore we can not make any statements about a new date or a potential cancellation of the race. More information concerning the race calendar you can find at the website."
Find out more about the state of the European DH Cup and the other iXS race series' over on their website
- The UCI announces elite racing cancellations up until mid-May. Read more, here
- France has been the latest country to ban recreational cycling as part of its lockdown, following the example of Spain and Italy. The Ministry of Sport made the clarification today after a government decree yesterday said that exercise should be undertaken within 2km of the home and could only be for 30 minutes a day. The Ministry tweeted: "There is no question of getting away from your home. The rule is containment for everyone. Remember, you should only go out for emergencies like shopping or for your health. A little jogging is possible for your wellbeing, but not a 10km!" The French Cycling Federation later added: "The practice of sports cycling, which is commonly accepted, does not fall under the conditions provided for in the decree and therefore constitutes an offense. Any practice of cycling sport, even individual, must, therefore, be temporarily prohibited."
- After originally being postponed until May 14-16, the Taipei Cycle Show
has now been totally canceled for 2020. A statement reads:
has announced it will be closing its factory in Chalette-sur-Loing and postponing the launches of new tires this morning to help slow the spread of the outbreak. Hutchinson said:
- The Riva Del Garda Bike Festival
has been postponed until July 24-26
- Ibis is based in Santa Cruz County and had this to say about how the Shelter in Place order is affecting their business.
-The Whiskey Off-Road Race has been cancelled as the City of Prescott, AZ has mandated the cancelation of all events in Prescott through May 10th, 2020. The organisers are now looking for an alternative date in early fall and all riders will automatically have their entries forwarded to that date. More details can be found, here
- New Shelter in Place order
hits Santa Cruz County meaning bike industry in the area such as Ibis, Santa Cruz, Fox, Ritchey, WTB, Marin, White Industries, Phil Wood, and Paragon Machine Works are in the closure zone as well as dozens of bike shops. Fox Suspension & Specialized Bicycles had this to say:
- British Cycling has announced it is suspending all events until April 30 at the earliest. The Fort William World Cup is scheduled for June 6/7 so it isn't yet affected but it could be if the outbreak continues to worsen in the UK. It has, however, led to cancellation of Round 1 of the British National Downhill Series
, an alternate date is being sought.
British Cycling chief executive Julie Harrington said: “This was not a decision taken lightly and it is one we have taken in close cooperation with our colleagues at Scottish Cycling and Welsh Cycling. We fully understand and appreciate the financial, social and community impact that this suspension could have, and we are working now to ensure that cycling is in the best possible health once the suspension can be lifted. As I’m sure everyone can appreciate, these are truly unprecedented circumstances, and while we will be doing all we can to retain a sense of normality and continuity, it may take some time to return to full capacity as an organisation and as a sport once this situation has been resolved. We will continue to update our members with more information, and will be doing everything within our power to support those who have contributed to the rich cycling culture that this country boasts.” More information can be found here
- Japan is still planning for a full Olympics to go ahead despite the Coronavirus outbreak. On Saturday, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said, "We will overcome the spread of the infection and host the Olympics without problem, as planned". This was echoed today by the Olympics Minister, Seiko Hashimoto, who said, "A complete Olympics is what we are aiming for. We will do our utmost to prepare [to hold the Olympics] as scheduled so that the International Olympic Committee will be convinced we are capable of hosting the game."
The decision will ultimately be left to the IOC though, who are meeting today to discuss the future of the games.
- In response to the global CV-19 outbreak, TweedLove organisers Hillside Outside have announced a huge rescheduling of their 2020 events calendar. Many of the Peebles-based organisers’ biggest events, including this weekend’s MTB enduro race Vallelujah, which is also Round One of the British National Enduro Series
, will now be held later this year. Other events affected include the TweedLove Bike Festival weekend, Bosch E-MTB Challenge, Glentress Seven endurance race, Gritopia off-road adventure, Skinny Tweed road sportive, TweedLove Family Day
Riders who can’t attend on the new dates are being offered a 100% refund on all the events but as a TweedLove spokesperson says, “Obviously we’d rather people didn’t cancel – everyone knows bike events are a marginal business activity at the best of times but for now it’s going to be a grim fight for survival. The events industry is being hit very hard and it looks extremely unlikely that insurance will cover any loss of income from this.” More info here
- Despite the many memes circulating that the best self-isolation is a good bike ride in the woods, reports are emerging of cyclists being stopped by the police in Italy and Spain and being threatened with fines or even jail time. Both countries are the worst affected in Europe and currently on a 2-week lockdown period with only journeys for food or medical supplies allowed. Reports from road cycling websites indicate fines can be anywhere from 600-1000 Euros
, while Spanish newspaper, El Pais
(English link), suggests a more conservative €100 fine could be issued but with up to a year in jail for ignored requests.
- The entirety of the Canadian Enduro Series
has been cancelled with the exception of the Sea Otter Canada Enduro at Blue Mountain Ontario. The organizers have said that some of the events may be reinstated if the situation normalizes but for now all registered riders are being refunded for every event. More info can be found here
- Scotland is starting to see local races affected after its government banned mass gatherings for four months. The opening round of the Scottish Downhill Association
is cancelled and Tweedlove Vallelujah/British Enduro Series Round 1
has been postponed until August 15/16.
More info on the SDA can be found here
and the Vallelujah here
- The UCI has today announced a series of updated measures to combat the serious threat of COVID-19. The updated list of guidelines from the cycling governing body includes; event cancellation requests, suspension of classifications and the closure of Olympics qualification. Find out more here
- USA Cycling has announced that it is recommending the cancellation of all sanctioned events citing "the latest data on COVID-19’s spread and the healthcare system’s ability to manage this crisis". Currently, they are suspending all permits until 5 April although they are continuing to monitor the situation.
- It has been announced today that the iXS Dirt Masters
festival has been moved to September after recent developments in the spread of the COVID-19 virus and the travel restrictions that have been put in place by some countries. The organisers will be providing exact details in the coming weeks but read the latest statements below:
- The Port Angeles National NW Cup
is the next event to be postponed because of COVID-19 after it was announced that they are postponing the race that was due to take place in April.
- After the first round of the Downhill World Cup
was postponed earlier this week the organisers for the Fort William round have released a statement saying that currently there are no plans to postpone or cancel the event on 6 - 7 June. Read the full statement below:
- The 2020 Cape Epic
has been cancelled. Event organizers issued the following statement: "Out of concern for the health and safety of our riders and other stakeholders, following recent advice received from the Western Cape Government, we have no choice but to cancel the 2020 Absa Cape Epic due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.
Mediclinic, the event’s medical partner since inception and which provides services to many Western Cape events, supports the decision. The decision also has the full support of most of our sponsors, including our headline sponsor, Absa.
The event was due to start on Sunday March 15 on Table Mountain and end on March 22 in Paarl after travelling to Ceres, Tulbagh and Wellington.
Race founder Kevin Vermaak said: ‘I have taken this step with a heavy heart, but the health and safety of everybody involved in the event has to be paramount. ‘At 6pm today we received the formal advice from government.’ Kevin appealed for patience from all stakeholders, who will be contacted directly regarding the way forward."
- The London Bike Show
is postponed until 3-5July. Organisers said: "We have been following UK government guidelines and working with the rolling advice from the public health authorities and other organisations, but it is now with reluctance that we have taken the decision to postpone the event at this time. The safety and wellbeing of our staff, exhibitors, visitors, partners and contractors is of the utmost importance to us, and therefore feel the protection and prevention of harm to the public has been paramount to this decision."
- Garmin Titan Desert
postponed until 2- 7 November.
- After the Colombian President, Ivan Duque, announced on Twitter that visitors from Italy, France and other affected countries would have to go into self-isolation upon arriving in the country, rounds 1 and 2 of the EWS
were also postponed. Round 1 in Colombia will now take place on 7-8 November, while round 2 in Chile will now take place on 14-15 November. Round 3, due to take place at France's Montagnes du Caroux on May 23, is still scheduled to go ahead.
- The first big casualty of the race season is the Lousa World Cup
. After a letter was published by the Portuguese Ministry of Health, establishing that outdoor events with over 5,000 in attendance would have to be canceled by early April. A new date is yet to be set for the rescheduling of the event but it will apparently be decided in a series of meetings next week (w/c16 March).
- MMR Factory Race Team announced they were pulling out of the Cape Epic
. Team manager, Angel Gomez, said: "It wasn’t an easy decision to take, but we are sure that we have made the correct one. Cycling is a super mobile sport where our riders and staff are exposed to the risk in a long travel like this, and teams are putting the riders and staff at risk of transmission and quarantine." The Cape Epic is still scheduled to go ahead and begins on Sunday 15 March.
- Marlene Südtirol Sunshine Race postponed, new date tbc.
- Bentonville Bike Fest
postponed until August 7-9. Kenny Belaey, event organizer, said: "We appreciate the continued support from our partners, sponsors and the community. Although the dates have changed, we are still on track and moving forward with our scheduled plans. It also allows us to maintain our partnership with the Bentonville Film Festival.”
- Toquato Testa
misses the Crankworx Rotorua slopestyle
competition after being asked to self-isolate.
- Britain's Bespoked Show
is pushed back from May 3-5 to 15-18 October.
- There's another big blow as the second big show of the spring gets postponed. Sea Otter cancelled its April date
, on March 5 and than announced the new date of October 1-4
a few days later.
- The Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup #1 gets postponed
. The inaugural Dubai event is still to set a new date.
- The UCI announces Coronavirus guidelines
, saying it will "not proceed with the cancellation of any events at this stage". It added, "Any possible decision to cancel will be taken by the health authorities in the concerned regions depending on the evolution of the local situation and different risk factors identified. The organisers and all members of the cycling family will be obliged to comply to any such decision."
- The first North American event is affected as the NAHBS Show postponed until August
- The Mountain Mayhem race was forced to cancel as, "it is no longer possible to get any cancellation insurance from any company."
- The Andorra Race Cup
was suspended due to Prime Ministerial decree. The Province of Savona had been designated a "Yellow Zone", which led to the suspension of all sporting events and shows in the indicated areas until Sunday March 8th, 2020. The event is yet to be rescheduled.
- The first major casualty of the Coronavirus, the Taipei Cycle Show
, is postponed until May
- The Taipei Cycle Show announces it will not allow Chinese visitors or exhibitors into the show but it is hoping to go ahead with planned.