EWS Cancels First 3 Rounds of 2022

Aug 26, 2021
by Alicia Leggett  
Duncan Nason heads down the final rock slab of Trouty and the end of the final stage.
Tasmania's unique terrain made for an excellent EWS race in 2019. The series hopes to return soon.

The Enduro World Series announced today that the first three rounds of 2022 will be canceled, hopefully to return in 2023.

Because of the ongoing pandemic, the EWS and local committees have decided that the three Australia and New Zealand rounds scheduled to take place in Maydena, Derby, and Nelson cannot take place.

bigquotesWe’re obviously disappointed not to be visiting New Zealand and Tasmania in 2022, but it’s the right decision in light of the current situation.

I personally thank the hard work and support of our Nelson and Tasmanian organisers and we look forward to bringing the EWS back to those venues as soon as possible.
EWS Managing Director Chris Ball

Nelson built new trails for the event and the whole bike community was looking forward to hosting riders from around the world, so the Nelson Mountain Bike Club plans to figure out when a Nelson event is feasible in the future, club chair Melanie Schroder said.

Depending on how the Covid situation changes between now and the end of 2021, a decision will be made in January 2022 as to whether the EWS can visit those venues in 2023.


186 Comments

  • 180 16
 I’m the furthest thing from a covid denier/antivaxxer but this is getting to be too much…the event is in 6 months, outdoors, in the Southern Hemisphere summer, when the vaccination rate should be well over 50%, and when we’ve had larger events with larger support staffs in more concentrated areas for the past year. Formula 1, the Olympics & Paralympics, the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, Tour de France, and other massive sporting events have gone on with case loads lower than the general population.

All that said, I’m all for the localities deciding when it’s safe to have to get back to normal. This sucks all around.
  • 117 26
 Covid Deaths New Zealand- 26.

Covid Deaths USA- 633,000

Come again?
  • 64 75
flag dkendy1 (Aug 26, 2021 at 14:44) (Below Threshold)
 Totally sucks but theres no way we could have held them all in Quarantine for 2 weeks imagine how many people it would be, and its booked out for ever. Our Queen is gonna keep us all locked away for the rest of our lives so I wouldnt anticipate anything every happening here again until shes deposed.
  • 54 20
 I think lots of people at this point are willing to sacrifice others just to get back to doing their regular activities.
  • 78 48
 @lefthandohvhater:

That shows that that part of Oceania cares about its people while the USA cares about the fvcking dollar.
  • 68 2
 Here in BC we have 68% of our population with both doses, and Covid numbers have still been spiking for weeks. I wouldn't hold that 50% vax rate as the goal for future success.
  • 35 17
 @dkendy1: You obviously don't work in healthcare...
  • 5 1
 @mammal: Israel is the same apparently. Is this thing ever going to burn it self out?
  • 57 2
 @sjma: seems like I may have been huffing a bit too many of my own farts here in New England but life is essentially 99% back to normal. We wear masks on the train & airports and in government buildings as a matter of policy but nowhere else. We’ve got mobile vaccination clinics popping up at trailheads, restaurants, and in parks. If you want a shot, you can have one, and if you need a booster, we’ve got you covered. I’ve been to indoor hockey games, two baseball games, comedy shows, a concert, and out to eat in restaurants weekly. My friends and family that have compromised immune systems meet with us outside and they can’t say enough how much they appreciate being able to see each other again. This isn’t insurmountable - we can go on living our lives, differently for sure, but we don’t have to live in fear: if we work together.
  • 37 16
 @kokofosho: gets to a point where you just to have to wish everyone the best and hope you see them on the other side which is fine because there’s like a 99.9% chance of not dying from it and there’s way too many people on this planet anyway.
  • 40 10
 @mammal: Case numbers are no longer the number to watch once there is a significant amount of the population jabbed. What you then need to watch is hospitalizations and death rate. UK is having something like 30000+ cases a day, but only around 800 going to hospital, and something like 30-40 deaths, whereas this time last year, with that many cases you would have 10x or more in hospital as they are having now.

Vax doesn't make you immune, but it sure betters your odds of getting so sick you end up in hospital or under the ground.

NZ and Australia are so far behind the rest of the world on vax because our governments both thought we didn't have Covid, weren't going to get Covid, so no need to worry about Covid, so vaxxing was not a priority. That is why NZ locked down on 1 case...now at 277...we only had 18% of the population with a jab at the time of that first case. Our govt, and Aussies, both seriously dropped the ball.

NZ has a chance of returning to zero covid as we had nothing before this latest outbreak, and we moved swiftly to a lockdown (unlike NSW), that we may, just may, squash it again.

As mentioned above, both countries will put you in quarantine for two weeks; spaces that are hard to get for normal citizens for literally months (NZ is booked until next Feb)...unless you're an All Black, forget about having any reasonable access into NZ.
  • 3 0
 @mammal: over 75% now.
  • 7 7
 @thenotoriousmic: whether it is moral or not we are at that point. I think the survival rate is more like 98.7% here. Almost surely underreported and not accounting for people who died of not getting the treatment that they need not related to COVID. Also considering the people who have long COVID and whatever other long term health effects that exist. It is not good but it seems clear that the impetus to save others is waning.
  • 11 65
flag PauRexs (Aug 26, 2021 at 15:17) (Below Threshold)
 The more vaccination the more cases... It's well known and prooved now... Down vote the truth...
  • 24 1
 @handynzl: i think you will find the reason NZ and AU were behind was more to do with the limited supply of vaccines. It makes sense to prioritize countries getting fisted by covid first, then country's that have not such as NZ once the supply is there. But blame the government as they are the ones making the vaccine.
  • 6 0
 @handynzl: harm reduction seems easier at this point. Not going to the hospital really should be the end goal. Clearly it is here to stay. Get vaxxed and waxed friends.
  • 27 40
flag JohanG (Aug 26, 2021 at 15:21) (Below Threshold)
 I like the strategy here in Texas: full on covid-apathy since the beginning of the year. I occasionally see a mask or someone talking about the vaccine. Other than that life is normal. Meanwhile in AUS it's illegal to go out for fresh air www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWvQljgkr_U
  • 14 9
 @thenotoriousmic: 99.9% if vaccinated... still several orders of worse than the flu if you're not...99% of all dying in UK are not unvaccinated (as generally reported in most news outlets). This is turning into the pandemic of the unvaccinated. If there is a good number with the jab, as there is in the UK, then this does get down to death stats similar to the flu and other respitory diseases.

UK is showing how a high vaccine rate (70+%) works while USA is showing still that a rate around 50% is not enough. Israel is also a good country to watch for vax v death rates.

If people choose not to get a jab, that is their choice, but they do need to accept that their choice has consequences, and their consequences will be very different to those that did get vaccinated.

Keep safe.
  • 3 0
 @jaydawg69: That's for a single dose. It's 67.503% currently for both jabs as per: covid19tracker.ca/provincevac.html?p=BC
  • 3 1
 @handynzl: Yes, I'm aware of the dynamic between cases/vaccination rates/hospitalizations. Our hospitalization rates have doubled in the past two weeks, from just 68 to 138 now. It may be a low-ish number at this point, but we've got regions of the province at 43% vax rate, and the hospitalizations are climbing as the case number climbs.
  • 6 1
 @sjma If you thought for a second that NZ would let in hundreds of athletes along with all of their support people for a bike race you seriously have not been paying attention to current events. This was never going to happen and EWS should have known that.
  • 3 0
 @mammal: I was going with the % of 12 and up, the eligible ones. All good.
  • 4 0
 @sjma I think it’s more to do with the EWS being unable to a) get the racers and staff in and b) the fact the way aus is handling it it’s highly likely that the event may be hit with a last minute cancellation. As an organiser it’s too much of a risk.
  • 5 0
 @woody-nz: 100% this.

Not to mention we wanted the arguably most efficient vaccine (Pfizer), had much less buying power and as mentioned weren't really getting 'fisted' by the rona at the time..
  • 9 23
flag tarik28 (Aug 26, 2021 at 16:11) (Below Threshold)
 New zeal for is a friggin island accessible by boat or plane and has the population of some of our smallest cities. Take a hike @lefthandohvhater:
  • 2 22
flag tarik28 (Aug 26, 2021 at 16:11) (Below Threshold)
 So leave. Bye @suspended-flesh:
  • 9 1
 @sjma The health system in the remote parts of Tasmania would not have the capacity to deal with an outbreak. The sports you quote (excl TdF) are in big cities with hospitals and have accessible health care.
  • 8 9
 @kokofosho: Vaccine dosent stop the spread?? Its called a breakthrough case. Very common with delta variant.
  • 2 5
 @sambobcat: What's the deal with the vaccination rate down there? Have they heard it works?
  • 3 1
 @tarik28: New York is the only American city with a population bigger than New Zealand.
  • 7 2
 @chriskneeland: Vaccinations are now flying along here in Australia (not sure about Tasmania as I don't live there). Unfortunately the rollout was delayed / screwed up due to politics.
  • 3 8
flag tullie (Aug 26, 2021 at 17:09) (Below Threshold)
 Freedom isn’t free @lefthandohvhater:
  • 10 0
 @woody-nz: Bang on there, mate. People in this country would rather believe we had full vaccine access and supply and chose to sit back rather than what you outlined here - our supply was constrained because NZ was not battling Covid to the level other countries were. Can you imagine the international outcry had we secured full supply for the country (by paying more, as some suggest we should) at a time when the likes of the UK, Italy, and not to mention developing nations were getting hammered?
  • 3 0
 @handynzl: Definitely a 50/50 look though. Your govt shut things down(and obviously continue to) with any hint and were in the best shape on the front end. But ya, should have probably pushed for vaxxing because international travel is a very big deal.
  • 3 0
 @sjma: dude I just spent 3 weeks in Vermont and it was kind of surreal coming from the mid-Atlantic. Things were pretty much back to normal, and even indoors masking was minimal. It was cool, but also stressful with an unvaccinated 4 year old. Back when we booked it, I kind of figured Vermont would be super vaccinated and Covid would be essentially over. But Delta changed that mindset. However, the fact that things are pretty much back to normal and hospitalization rate is still super low means that if you don't have a kid, life is pretty much back on.
  • 5 0
 @withdignityifnotalacrity: Shit, even coming from the NYC area, VT(killington specifically) seemed verrry laid back. My wife and I are vaxx'd but our kids are to young, we masked up everywhere aside from the pool and the outdoor stuff. I will pretty much do anything to avoid shutdown 2.0.
  • 17 15
 @pizzaiolo: oh believe you me, we (the public) have been screaming for it, but our government is run by a paxk of idiots, plain and simple. We have squandered 18 months...this government didn't even have a game plan for if their one quarantine hotel (yes, hotel, not hospital) ran out of beds. As of last week they didn't have a second option. They finally did something about it and have gotten themselves another hotel as of next week. This will bring our combined beds up to 500ish. Currently everyone that tests positive is shipped off to these hotels, so at 267 cases in the community and 50-ish imported on planes, we've already filled up the first hotel.

The PR to the world is strong with Ardern, but they haven't hit a single policy yet....promised 10000 new houses a year to solve the housing crisis...from 2017...current total 600ish built....banned gas exploration and further coal consents, pushed the EV car thing by taxing new vehicle purchases and subsidising EV's and now we're importing more coal from Indonesia in three months than we have in three years just to power up our one and only coal electricity generator...but it's all ok, because her oft spoken "be kind" message is what will get everyone through covid, climate change, housing crisis', and no workers to pick the fruit now rotting on the ground.

This has to be the worst government since the 1970's.
  • 8 9
 @woody-nz: $40mil to buy more vaccines....versus $1.5billion for every week in lockdown...we're $3bil in the hole next Tuesday. Sorry, but this could have been avoided for $40million. Our children and our children's children will be paying back the loans this is costing NZ.

Being virtuous is one thing, but not helping your own citizens is a black mark.

We gave all our Astra-Zenneca to the Pacific Islands, and CoVax as well. That's more than admirable.

There are plenty of countries in the world that are still worse off than us by the numbers. Should we stop all vaccines until they are all 100% sorted out? You can chose to believe the spin if you want, but accept that you may know someone (or multiples) that gets very sick or even dies because Ardern was worried about Rwanda, for want of another nation in the world to use their name for the point...
  • 2 7
flag withdignityifnotalacrity (Aug 26, 2021 at 17:51) (Below Threshold)
 @pizzaiolo: yeah, I took a shuttle to the top at Burke and I was the only one masked up. Anxiety was spiking a bit, but I really wanted to ride those enduro trails, ha. No issues though. Vaccines are a beautiful thing.
  • 3 2
 @withdignityifnotalacrity: We were in the Killington resort and I had to ask them about the mask policy - they had none aside from asking kids to wear them if they wanted to.... Burke I can see it being fine just because there are a ton fewer people there and a lot more locals in a small bubble, but the hotel at Killington was fully booked and is 99% out of towners. We relaxed a bit earlier in the summer, but have gone to wearing masks in any stores after seeing the shit show in the south.
  • 5 0
 @handynzl: Have you seen our government for the past 5 years?
  • 9 3
 @handynzl: I'd dread to think how things may have been if the other side had been in charge, I really don't think I'd call the leadership team of the current government a "pack of idiots".

And at least the current government acknowledge there is a housing crisis and climate change, the previous mob were intent on denying both or doing anything about them. Better to be subsidizing EVs vs the previous (effective) subsidy we had on double cab diesel utes!
  • 2 0
 @pizzaiolo: yeah, we're all screwed! Just proves that these people were all ill-treated as young'uns and weren't introduced properly to bikes
  • 3 1
 @EckNZ: There are two options to how things would have looked:
a) no different to how they look now, as there's a good chance they'd have made the same decisions with the same information and advice (just with these moronic differences in public perception of competence - even Simon Bridges acknowledges this, or
b) see NSW for how we'd look if the Nats took a different path
  • 4 4
 @EckNZ: Powered by coal shipped in from Indonesia...good plan.
  • 1 0
 @handynzl: Fortunately, if we're mostly outside we have no issue. It's when we're sitting inside commenting on Pinkbike together(good morning?) that we are truly f*cked.
  • 2 0
 @PauRexs: that's not the truth though ....
  • 1 0
 @tarik28: you’re literally confirming what he said…
  • 13 16
 @JohanG: no dude. We don’t want to respond like America did. We actually give a shit about our fellow citizens. It’s far from perfect and we’re way behind in our vax rollout, but that’s infinitely better than the trump administration’s psychopathic response to covid.

I’m writing this from deep lockdown, we’re sacrificing much so that people don’t die. It sucks but freedumb doesn’t trump human lives.
  • 13 3
 @JohanG: Texas: Deaths in Last 7 Days: 1,085 / 7-day % Positivity: 15-19.9% / Total Deaths: 54,455 / Congrats while you weren't talking about it last week, Covid killed over a thousand Texans.
It must be nice and cozy with those heads so deep in the sand...
  • 1 17
flag tarik28 (Aug 26, 2021 at 20:39) (Below Threshold)
 I wish I could downvote you to oblivion @short-but-sweet:
  • 1 0
 @lefthandohvhater: maybe, just maybe that is why.
  • 7 13
flag likeittacky (Aug 26, 2021 at 20:57) (Below Threshold)
 @lefthandohvhater: Manipulated statistics.

Every mortality under the sun will somehow find its way into the Covid statics. Thus, to hyper-inact the manipulation of control and loss of liberties.
  • 4 4
 @PauRexs: give us some truth and we'll downvote it...
  • 5 5
 @chriskneeland: unfortunately Australia has a conservative federal government that has handled covid appallingly. Playing for votes, business instead of good solid policy. Vax rates are very low.
  • 7 1
 @ColquhounerHooner: yeah, cos the pandemic is a conservative vs progressive political issue.if only we'd had progressive government everything would have magically been better...

All kinds of governments of all sorts of persuasions and cultures the world over have dealt with it in different ways and there are very few stand outs. In the passage of time, countries seemingly doing well have had circumstances completely flip them.

We were doing bloody well until the emergence of Delta which has changed the game emphatically.

The slow vaccine roll-out is partial the government's fault but not entirely. People say we "should've ordered more Pfizer". We ordered as much as they could give us which wasn't much when Europe was blowing up. And AZ looked like an absolute master stroke when Europe started preventing vaccine exports because we could manufacture it here.

It's only when everyone went hysterical over isolated blood clotting that our program stalled.
  • 12 0
 @tarik28: I see you’re in Florida. Explains a lot
  • 7 2
 @sjma: You describe life out West as well. High School age students in the city I live in are at 96% full vax rate and in-person school is going well so far....We could have put an end to this thing before the variants got a foothold.
  • 2 1
 This is the outcome of an incompetent government. Probably should be right to host it by about 2030!!!
  • 1 0
 @Ktron: that’s a decent summation of events
  • 4 0
 @tarik28: Maybe you should leave. You know, like your friends Ricochet rabbit and Jason Bourne did.
  • 1 2
 @suspended-flesh: main difference is that in Aus and NZ there is a public health system that works so it is reasonable for governments not keen on having to afford a pandemic hospital bill. Same reason why helmets are compulsory in these countries.
  • 3 2
 The reason is that our boarders won’t be open to visitors by then - that is essentially the only reason. They literally won’t let anyone in.
  • 3 5
 australia and NZ are lost. forget they exist, and pour one out for any friends you have there stuck in that totalitarian nightmare.
  • 3 0
 Lol coming from somewhere less by a clown @conoat:
  • 9 3
 @handynzl: "zero covid". that's never happening. if you are ok being locked up until there's zero covid, you've just signed away your entire life.

pure f*cking insanity.
  • 2 0
 @lefthandohvhater: look at vxlax rates tho... NZ is well down
  • 1 5
flag tarik28 (Aug 27, 2021 at 2:09) (Below Threshold)
 What’s it explain? Enlighten me chosen one @short-but-sweet:
  • 1 5
flag tarik28 (Aug 27, 2021 at 2:09) (Below Threshold)
 Nah I’m good. There’s the door over there @commental:
  • 2 2
 @conoat: to be fair Australia is a lot worse than New Zealand or so I’ve heard I’ve not actually checked personally to see if the Australian government are actually killing dogs to stop the volunteers leaving the house to feed them.
  • 5 7
 @enduroNZ: you don't need to defend your bullshit government. I am not attacking you, unless of course you happen to be an authoritarian a*shole that's imprisoned your entire country in their homes.

OH! but I hear they are letting you leave you house for an entire hour per day! you almost get as much outside time as a maximum security prisoner!!!!!
  • 5 3
 @Veloscente: Yes, Texas is a death zone. Everyone should avoid that place.
  • 8 5
 @short-but-sweet: Covid is NEVER going away. It will continue to mutate just like every other respiratory virus. There will never be herd immunity. All your lockdown efforts are completely futile and will be viewed by history as a mass psychosis.
  • 6 1
 @JohanG: I know I will never leave us. I’m not saying everyone can be saved. I merely support measures that prioritise lives over ones that are clearly reckless
  • 4 1
 @JohanG: there’s no human immunity or very little. It will get weaker over the years as our body’s learn to deal with it until it’s not much more than the common cold.
  • 5 9
flag JohanG (Aug 27, 2021 at 5:34) (Below Threshold)
 @short-but-sweet: You may not define "reckless" as destroying an economy and making healthy people miserable in a police state in perpetuity to draw out the lives of a .2% of vulnerable people, but many people have a different definition that is totally valid. Covid is NEVER going away, and it's not going to get weaker or less dangerous. Here we have hundreds of young people associated with the EWS at no risk who cannot enjoy their lives because there is an 80 year old obese woman with COPD cowering in fear while she stuffs herself with more food on the taxpayer dime.
  • 10 3
 @JohanG: there's actually a surge in younger hospital patients right now in your country because they refused to take it seriously so it's not just affecting obese older folks
  • 8 1
 @JohanG: this is not about old fat people dying (you social Darwinist!). Not only do we want to avoid the death rates going on in trump voting, vaccine denying areas of the USA , but we also want to avoid what happened in India, where they were burning bodies in the street.

We are seriously behind in vax rates and we have to get them higher before things can be reopened. Otherwise the health system will be overwhelmed.

And it’s not just the elderly and infirm dying from delta.
  • 3 7
flag JohanG (Aug 27, 2021 at 6:13) (Below Threshold)
 @giantwhip: lol, no there isn't. Stop spreading covid misinformation.
  • 9 1
 @JohanG: you're the one literally on here consistently spewing conspiracies with no facts. All you do is try and tell people that covid isn't serious. It only goes after the weak. Get off the internet and talk to some real medical professionals.
  • 1 0
 The airports, hotels, grocery stores, restaurants, are different though. International bike race is bigger then a bike race.
  • 1 0
 @mammal: 76+% of eligible people are vaxxed. The liwer # is % of entire population.
  • 1 4
 @Otago: probably will not burn out anytime soon, unfortunately the VAX does not stop transmission.
  • 1 0
 @brentkratz: Yes, both are accurate numbers.
  • 1 5
flag JohanG (Aug 27, 2021 at 9:47) (Below Threshold)
 @giantwhip: Nothing I have said is even controversial.
  • 6 0
 @JohanG: oh no? Saying reducing the spread of the virus is pointless and that it doesn't go after children is pretty controversial. I'm not going to scroll through your history but you clearly aren't stable
  • 1 3
 @withdignityifnotalacrity:

Kids are least susceptible to covid, and likely most at risk of side effects from the unproven jab; so why are you stressrd out about having an unvaccinated child in public?
  • 6 0
 @getsomesy: Kids are definitely susceptible to the Delta varient, as per the link I shared above, responding to JohanG.
  • 2 5
 @mammal: they are still least susceptible, as i said. Sure theres SCARY HEADLINES and Dr opinions, but Medical industry Gov' and talking heads opinions have long often been wrong and or subjective, and still are. Theres also lots of pro-vaccine & anti-freedom Statistically inaccurate "information" and narratives going around; while anything contrary, even if true or relevant is Totally squashed.

From your article link "Kids still account for a very small number of hospitalizations, doctors note, making up roughly 1.8% of all Covid hospitalizations in the U.S. The virus just doesn't hit children as hard as adults. They are less likely to get infected with Covid than other age groups and generally have more mild symptoms. Out of more than 520,000 Covid deaths the CDC has demographic data on, fewer than 500 were kids under 18."

If everyone wanted to save lives There would be better ways than FORCING lockdowns, face coverings and experimental drugs. We should be putting these efforts into reducing environmental toxins, war, and especially climate change... but its not about upholding value of life its about money power politics.
  • 4 1
 @getsomesy: The point is that the delta variant is new, and most of those stats are from the original variant. The fact that the rates of child covid illness is increasing, means it will continue to increase, and 500/520,000 will no longer be the ratio. Where previously it was thought that kids were mostly covid-proof, that's no longer the case, and it's totally understandable why that would make a parent nervous.
  • 2 6
flag FoesKnows (Aug 27, 2021 at 12:47) (Below Threshold)
 @handynzl: Socialist Left. When will the world learn. Least you could by coal from your Brothers across the ditch Boi? Let it burn and power them Hospitals.
  • 3 5
 @revolution-coaching: NSW will force through the necessary cultural and practice change and counter fear on the rest of the pathetic States of Australia. Can we have the Constitution back please.
  • 2 5
 @handynzl: yeah, imagine buying Coal from Indo when Australia has better coal. So much for Anzus Treaty.
  • 2 5
 @short-but-sweet: Sooo deluded. As everywhere and every study has proved with every variant after 6-8 weeks the numbers of infections peak, regardless of social practice and illegal lockdowns, vaccination rates etc. Europe, India (remember when that as the news - now naddah) and now US. So all states in US are peaking with Delta and normalised for population it dont matter whether thay have active restrictions and social distancing policies, mask wearing or vaccinations ....all the same. All the same. so think what damages the States and Authorities are doing to the people ON TOP of that.

Its all coming in, looks like it is in in Australia and NZ and there is no going back in bottle and we will all suffer the same fate....makes you wonder why on earth we would amplify the impact on the insecure jobbed and poor and smash them doubly so they break.

Its very easy as progressive, rich and elite to lecture from your multi section mansions with guaranteed wealth, people anint going to take that anymore and why should they?
  • 3 6
 @danielfox: Ah wukn please. All these Hospital Systems and all other systems have been gutted for decades, ie Western Australia the only State in Australia with multi BILLION dollar surpluses and still trying to hide its cash from the peoples the emergency ramping has gone from pre pandemic 1000 hrs per month to now 4000 hours.....and we have no "known" cases, and keep screwing over "normal" cancer sufferers and other "non essential" health recipients every time there is a single possible worrying "outbreak". We are emergency importing doctors from Europe, that's how well run they are. Imagine if the people wanted to use them!

However we found the money for 800 new Cops....hmmmm, wonder how that happened in this age of control and authority and never ending States of Emergecny.

Money is allocated AFTER A SIGNIFICANT Protest, after a kids is killed due blatant failure of process and practice.

And the sheep here think that the people who let it get to this state HAVE SAVED THEM. BAAAAAAAA.

Return the Constitution.
  • 2 6
flag FoesKnows (Aug 27, 2021 at 13:08) (Below Threshold)
 @conoat: Spot on.
  • 2 6
flag FoesKnows (Aug 27, 2021 at 13:11) (Below Threshold)
 @short-but-sweet: They have always burned people in the street and they have always floated dead bodies in rivers through cities of 20million plus. Just shows you went with the whole media hysteria bit eh.
  • 4 8
flag FoesKnows (Aug 27, 2021 at 13:14) (Below Threshold)
 @giantwhip: JohanG is totally correct, its sperad is assured and all studies of the data show it does not matter the action, restriction or vaccination rate...it will spread regardless to the natural point of population exposure and prior infection resistance.

Hows about you stop calling other people unstable because they have a different point of view, its most Left Cancel but truly unbecoming.
  • 7 1
 @getsomesy: how many kids do you have? Do you think the outcomes of vaccinated vs. unvaccinated aren't different? While you may claim the vaccine is unproven, I have a number of friends who are doctors and scientists and they got vaccinated as soon as they had the opportunity. Not sure what your credentials are for making that call...I suppose the FDA completing it's normal evaluation of the Pfizer vaccine means nothing to you.
  • 2 4
 FDA approval means jack shit to me. @ReformedRoadie:
  • 4 1
 @tarik28:

Me either, but I've been testing the Pfizer vax since early Mach and I approved it for my personal use.

You do you in Florida, Man.
  • 4 2
 @FoesKnows: gtfo pinkbike. Hi back to 4chan you schmuck
  • 2 0
 @conoat: Bro, you've no idea what you are talking about. We have no time/distance restrictions on going out to exercise. If you are going to shoot your mouth off, at least fact check it before putting it in gear.
  • 2 0
 @conoat: "Zero Covid" is actually "zero unfettered community transmission". The "elimination strategy" is to eliminate unconstrained community transmission and the risk to collapsing our ICU capacity, as you are starting to see build up in several NSW hospitals.
  • 1 3
 @suspended-flesh: so move? Commie bastard
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 @FoesKnows: is it the ivermectin (that’s a horse dewormer, folks) or the bleach injections that have affected you?
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 @Otago: Obviously. Wait why
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flag FoesKnows (Aug 28, 2021 at 14:28) (Below Threshold)
 @short-but-sweet: Ah name calling, the privilege of the left at the expense of a view that thinks that dissention must be squashed, science is already decided all the while receiving ongoing financial support and income from the State. Anyway dandy man about town Stokes has decided enough is enough, Christmas is too late, watch for some interesting editorials in the West and the arrogant Emperor having to quickly reposition, less hands on hips lecturing and be honest with the people and the populous has said "Go with the Plan".

Can you tell me about the economy again - please post any articles from the Guardian, so enlightening.
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 @FoesKnows: everything is a conspiracy with you based on fear instead of common sense. You have an answer for everyone but you think the same as everyone else who obsesses over YouTube videos and forums. It's clear you need psychological services
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flag FoesKnows (Aug 28, 2021 at 14:53) (Below Threshold)
 @giantwhip: Cheers, will seek that. No UTube but defo Conspiracy. You just need to get up close to see how corrupted and corruptible are both the systems and the people for some safety.

Is off the record mental health issues conspiracy?

Masks outside?

350bn in debt your kids wont pay off in 30 years?

30,000 Australian citizens shut out of their country?

800 new police?

Army on the internal Borders of a Commonwealth Nation binded by a Constitution?

Babies dying refused access to hospitals and leaders saying their hospitals are for their citizens alone.

Fully vaccinated refused access to enter and spend time with dying parents?

Playgrounds locked down for kids to enjoy despite no recorded transmissions.

A Premier on the news advising of the risk and danger about a boat miles offshore with known minor respiratory issues and world class health available and waiting.

The coming and going of organized ordained sport and officials while the ordinary citizens are revokes and refused movement

Its all a conspiracy mate.
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 @giantwhip: Mate again with the personal slights and insults for anyone on a chat who does not agree with you. By your own admission you are Canadian and represent Celine Dion, and you have just opened up your southern border to immunised Americans. Give the personal slights a break.
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flag FoesKnows (Aug 28, 2021 at 15:32) (Below Threshold)
 @giantwhip: Im coming to Canada and Im looking forward to meet you Bro.
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 @FoesKnows: I hope I never meet you. You're obsessed with replying to everyone like you've got to get the upper hand. It's really pathetic. Plus I'd jersey you bad since I'm Canadian and you go against everything we've been working towards this whole pandemic
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 @FoesKnows: you poor thing. Lay off the bleach, ok? We’re concerned for you
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 @sjma: parents with children 11 or less in age would say you're dead fking wrong.
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 Wasn’t England in lockdown for 12 months - we’ve only been in lockdown for 8 weeks since covid began and lived in more or less normality - probay should start questioning where you live not somewhere else that you know nothing about - we are fine. @conoat:
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 @enduroNZ: Not really. We had two soft lockdowns first one was great because we didn’t have to work and was basically a three month holiday with face masks the second one was business as usual but with face masks and a que to get into the pub and now everything’s pretty much back to normal. New Zealand’s issue is that they just shut the doors and hid away from it hoping for a cure that never came and now you have to go through what we all went through 18 months ago. Our government didn’t care enough and yours cared too much. Unprecedented situation where nobody really knew what to do.
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 Australia and New Zealand did a good job of stopping the spread, but unfortunately it seems like its impossible to stop so now they're probably a year behind the rest of the world when it comes to opening up.
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 More like a light year ahead of the rest of us in terms of dealing with outbreaks...
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 I expect that we will catch up in the next few months the vaccine roll out is ramping up and we probably have less anti vaxers than say America or uk so we will probably get to 80/90% vaccinated pretty quickly. Then we will open up our boarders to those who are vaccinated also.
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flag JohanG (Aug 27, 2021 at 4:45) (Below Threshold)
 Covid was always impossible to stop. It mutates regularly just like every other virus of similar construction. There will always be a new Delta/Epsilon/Gamma/Psi variant. Herd immunity can never be reached. All lockdown efforts are folly. Slowing the spread is also pointless.
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 @Mugen: I know which side of Ireland you’re from
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 Ah this sucks big time. I really thought things would be fairly sorted by the time we hosted the Tasmanian rounds ;(
In Tasmania, we haven't had a locally acquired covid case since May 2020. We are only about 35% fully vaccinated and just over 50% with a first dose, so I had hoped that we would be around the 80-90% by the time the EWS came around, but I suppose it's the uncertainly that has led to this decision.
Oh well bring on 2023!
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 The big news outlets aren't carrying it but Australia is going full on dystopian tyranny lately.
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 pretty savage
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 Only death is real
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 maybe try 2037? should be ok then
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 1984 - GET OUT OF THE GAME
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 As an Australian, I don't think we are anywhere near a dystopian tyranny. And if we have to play by some rules in order to help prevent our fellow Australians snuffing it from a communicable disease... I'm onboard with that. But you do you...
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 @silentbutdeadly: The homie up there who said that is a Texan. Some of our Lonestar state brothers believe it's their constitutional right to expose their naked Freedom Holes.
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 The NSW government dropped the ball on containment and then went ahead and handed the police powers they didn't even ask for. But no, Australia is not a full on dystopian tyranny now.
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 @JonanG: it’s not all of aus, just a few states. I’m racing DH tomorrow
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 Not really the case at all, most state have been relatively covid free since June last year with no restrictions. The situation is currently looking pretty bad because a certain Premier, who was also responsible to the extreme bushfires last year, decided to save her reputation by not locking down early for two weeks or so but by locking down late and for 2+ months.
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 Perfect example of what happens when you let politics get in the way of doing the right thing.
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 @silentbutdeadly: suspendedflesh comes from a city where everyone shits in the street.... just sayin.
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 I live out west where life has been normal since May/June 2020 with almost zero cases since. We have the strongest economy in the whole world according to S&P. Might host the grand final for the first time (our superbowl event for the yanks out there). Full on dystopian tyranny is the bees knees.
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 Political Scientists around the world, in independent universities. Agree that Australian is actually a “plutocracy”, run by the multinational mining companies and billionaire owned media corporations. Capitalism at its finest. But i dont think any of them wanted Covid.
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 @TypicalCanadian: Haha - many trends start here. Fires and Feces will be upon you soon enough.
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 Hahah turn off Tucker Carlson and Fox News mate.
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 @ethan23: I don't watch Faux News. There are tons of videos shot by Australian residents of what's going on hosted on various streaming sites including Ytube.
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 @JohanG: why are some people so terrible at discerning fact from fiction? Confirmation bias is painful to watch unfold for those too ignorant to know that it affects them. Have people really become so desperate for support of their perspective that they’ll believe anything said on YouTube over actual, validated information? YT is not a reliable source. Please reassess your perspective. Maybe start listening to people who actually know medical science, epidemiology, virology, statistics, and real journalists with experience and integrity.
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 @erikkellison: Actual sources from the ground, not some $15/hr journalist tripe from some news outlet with an agenda Wink
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 I respect Aus and NZ for doing things their way, we don't all need to agree with each other. But man over the last year I realized how lucky I am to live in the US. Being arrested for staying longer than an hour outside your house, Jesus. Imagine getting arrested just for being outside alone in the woods. I never thought I'd see something like that in a western culture. But if anything it shows that kind of thing can happen anywhere. Maybe the don't mind being locked up though, different strokes for different folks..
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 @boozed: Yes it is. How else would you describe a country that has a Constitution of 120 years, and tears it up and puts police on State borders and runs State of Emergencies that run unimpeded with no advice and to expiry and with much legislation rushed through that has no reversions. The rights to movement, trade and associations enshrined have been revoked. You my man are deluded.

Legally we are in a State of Constitutional moratorium while the power has been gifted to the State Police Commissioners, EVERY STATE.

By very definition that is exactly as @silentbutdeadly stated - dystopian tyranny.
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 @BigAlfonz: Fool. So you are happy that you cant move across the country unhinded as per the Constitution after 2 years, but Football players, teams, Authorities and Influencers can.

More fool you Bro.
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 @DylanH93: Not in NZ. I know it's hard for the geographically challenged, but AUS and NZ are actually two different countries, with two different cultures, and different rules.

Signed a Kiwi who has lived in Australia and who has an Australian wife.
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 @DylanH93: The NZ guidelines for exercising in Level 4 lockdown. If you (and anyone else who thinks this is the case) can point out the bit that says I can only go outside for an hour or I will get arrested, I'd appreciate it (then I'll stop going to ride my bike everyday as I have been):

Sport, Exercise and Recreation
- You can go for a walk, run or bike ride in your local area. Exercise is good for your mental health.
- If you do, it must be on your own, or with your household bubble.
- You can drive to a place to exercise — for example to a park but you should stay close to where you live. Do not travel too far.
- Keep a 2 metre distance from others.
- Do not do activities that may require search and rescue services. For example, do not go swimming, surfing, boating, hunting or tramping.
- If you are unwell, do NOT go outside.
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 @suspended-flesh: is this satire please be satire
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 @revolution-coaching: I went out for a couple of hours of pedalling on low grades tracks in Rotorua today. It’s was awesome! Only guideline they have asked us to follow us to not ride too far from home and stay off the gnarly stuff.

If this is tyranny, I’m all good with it
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 worldwide and nobody bats a eye!!

15.9m die from CVD in 2016
10 million cancer deaths leading cause (lung)
108million are fat in us! (just in the US)

influenza are responsible for up to 5 million!!! (common cold)

nobody no tone person is pushing healthier lifestyles or mandating what you smoke/eat etc etc!
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 It's not a common cold, influenza is thr FLU. But, ya I wish they would push healthy diets and lifestyles. It's almost as if corporations that manufacture crappy processed foods and pharmaceuticals steering the ship!
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 Worse than that. CDC says that ~80% of adults in the USA are overweight. Also notice that the "overweight" category is trending down because more people are qualifying for the "obese" category. www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hestat/obesity-adult-17-18/overweight-obesity-adults-H.pdf
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 @JohanG: f*ck man! well shit lets closed down all fast food companies/pepsi/ coke and beers/cig sales. Anyone that has a bmi% more than 25% you a passport food/ beverage card. lets see how that fly's!! there would be protests in the streets!!
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 @nert: 100%
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 @tdog123: But the protest would only be half the number of people in a given area when we account for the additional surface area required per fat person vs per regular person. This is probably how the fats get their way, much fewer of them go farther than us skinny guys.
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 I think it's probably access through the borders rather than rider safety concerns driving this. Both Aus and NZ both plan to open up international travel once a decent % of the population is vaccinated - planned for first quarter of 2022 in NZ. No firm dates yet so hard for events to plan I'm guessing.
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 Exactly right!
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 Why cancel, just replace them with venues in South and Central America.
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 Too short notice. Seems like a long time but a huge amount of planning goes into these events.
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 Everyone just go get fucking vaccinated if for no other reason than having full seasons of enduro and DH. God.
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 Im sure Nelson, BC would be a good replacement
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 Come on Pinkbike, why didn't you get a quote from Bryceland about this? Wink
  • 3 1
 Looks like it's about time for Windrock, TN and Snowshoe, WV to hold a couple EWS events.
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 No surprises at all. It was always ambitious to hold the Tasmanian rounds next year.
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 Ah good ol Dystopian Nightmares of a hot, spider and ridden prison colony. Back to its true roots.
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 Wow
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 I come for the article. I stay for the nuanced political discourse.
  • 2 1
 Sad
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 But what about DISCOVERY?
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