Not an April Fools - The Fort William DH World Cup Cancelled

Apr 1, 2021
by Ed Spratt  
Amaury Pierron took his first ever World Cup win here last year and wanted to remind everyone that he s still king of the Fort. Message sent and received.

The Fort William DH World Cup Organiser has announced the cancellation of the event in May.

Coming less than a month after revealing the plan to hold the event without spectators, the choice was made to cancel the World Cup round. The organiser of the event said: "the risks and challenges are too great to proceed with the event according to the safety standards imposed by the current pandemic."

Press release: Fort William World Cup

The organisers of the Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Fort William have today announced that the event scheduled for 22-23 May is cancelled.

Every effort has been made by the organisers, with significant support and backing from Scottish Government and EventScotland, to develop an appropriate event plan and set of protocols with the Covid-19 mitigation requirements necessary for the safe delivery of a behind closed-door event at the Nevis Range ski area, just outside Fort William, the Outdoor Capital of the UK.

Despite the best efforts and support of all partners involved in the development of these plans, the restrictions that will likely still be in place have made it difficult to proceed with these plans with confidence. The organisers have reluctantly decided that the risks and challenges are too great to proceed with the event according to the safety standards imposed by the current pandemic.

“Whilst the easing of restrictions is moving in the right direction, there are still a number of challenges with the delivery of an event of this size that, even without public attendance, make it difficult to deliver a safe World Cup in May.

This cancellation is a blow to us as an organising team as much as it will be for the entire mountain bike community but especially the UK stars who won’t be able to perform in front of their home crowd. Reece Wilson, from the Scottish Borders, should have been celebrating his World Champion title on his home track. Instead, the Fort William World Cup team will focus on the future and return bigger, better and more passionate than ever” commented Mike Jardine from organisers, Rare Management.

Options for a later date are still being examined with a final decision to be announced in the next few weeks.

While the organisers are looking at a potential future date for the event the current World Cup DH calendar looks like this:

Round 1: 12-13 June - Leogang, Austria
Round 2: 03-04 July - Les Gets, France
Round 3: 14-15 August - Maribor, Slovenia
World Championships: 24-29 August - Val Di Sole
Round 4: 04-05 September - Lenzerheide, Switzerland
Round 5: 18-19 September - Snowshoe, USA

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  • 98 2
 Sorry, we lost your trust, there still is a Fort William cup.
  • 10 2
 The problem with this joke is there's not enough contrast with reality... so I'm still thinking it's canceled, despite the false hope your comment has given me.
  • 37 0
 HA they almost got us... Happy April Fools everyone... right? .... RIGHT?? PLEASE TELL ME THIS IS A JOKE
  • 28 14
 Cancel culture wins again!! What about the children?
  • 13 4
 @pedalgnash: Cancel Culture Club cannot be stopped!
  • 3 0
 @chezotron: Tell that to Kanjiklub.
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flag DoubleCrownAddict (Apr 1, 2021 at 13:26) (Below Threshold)
 @pedalgnash: The idiots whining about cancel culture instead of taking the pandemic seriously are exactly the reason why events like this are still getting canceled.
  • 4 0
 @shagolagal: Han Solo took care of them.
  • 87 5
 Any chance they could just relocate it to Texas?
  • 25 2
 not enough elevation
  • 165 19
 Any chance we could just relocate Texas?
  • 88 49
Why would anyone want to go to Texas?
  • 74 1
 Florida will definitely be willing to host the event.
  • 27 6
 @spendtimebehindbars: a downhill World Cup in Florida is peak COVID. Highest point in the entire state is 345 feet above sea level
  • 39 0
 We could run it at Spider Mountain. Just have them do 7 laps and pause the timer during the chairlift section.
  • 101 20
 @spendtimebehindbars: the only major peaks in Florida are COVID cases.
  • 9 0
 @chrismac: Fort Worthlliam
  • 6 0
 @AustinsHardtail: Hey spider mountain has almost 500 feet of vert!
  • 1 0
 @hamncheez: It has about 350. It says so on the official site.
  • 6 1
 @sjma: and it's just a highway overpass!
  • 11 18
flag Burningbird (Apr 1, 2021 at 8:18) (Below Threshold)
 I think the point is to not spread COVID...
  • 11 6
 @thedirtyburritto: No state income taxes and freedom! Then they learn about NTTA ERCOT, etc or try to open a bedroom window at 2am in summer only to blasted with 90F swamp air and realize they have been had. Chip and Jo lied to you lol
  • 18 12
 @Burningbird: They don't charge you taxes because it sucks to live there.
  • 19 14
 @sjma: Hey, we make it work. So unless you want to come down here and try yourself, I recommend you shut your trap.
  • 2 4
 @artistformlyknowasdan: I don't think any other part of the world would want it...
  • 8 0
 @thedirtyburritto: Its worth for the smoked brisket alone.
  • 4 7
 @FloridaHasMTBToo: tell bill gates to hurry up and microchip me and I’ll happily take a trip to sunshine land to cruise around on my 37lb, 160mm travel overkill machine
  • 1 0
 @UnInc126: probably a few at the beaches too.
  • 1 0
 @DGWW: I suspect you’re correct
  • 2 0
 @HB208: living in Austin, I can concur with some of these statements.

Oh and it's gonna hut 90 next week and usually cools off late October
  • 2 2
 @ATXZJ: At least Austin has cool stuff to do. Every time I have been to Florida I have died a bit.
  • 2 0
 @hamncheez: that’s like saying, “I’m almost 5’ tall”. You still short
  • 2 0
 @AustinsHardtail: I just googled this to see if it was true. "The first chairlift in Texas provides mountain bikers with 350 vertical feet of gravity fueled fun! "

A chairlift for 350ft is good going. How long are the trails?
  • 3 1
 @UnInc126: Freakin media baby, stay inside where it's safe.
  • 1 0
 @UnInc126: and boob jobs.
  • 2 0
 @HB208: I live in what I consider the last decent place to live in Florida(or was). There are so many tourists here from everywhere now because we're open, and so many moving here to avoid the high taxes that the charm of this once small, quiet, charming, historic beach town is now totally lost. I stay in my little bubble and avoid humanity as much as I can. So wherever you are is probably improving since people are leaving and coming here
  • 2 0
 @GlassGuy: Lol, I live in Boise. Anyone who isn't moving to Florida is probably moving here.
  • 1 0
 @shmeef45: Ur mum didn't mind
  • 1 0
 @kiksy: Living in the Rocky Mountains, with trails that have more than 3,000 feet of drop nearby, I laughed at Spider mountain too. However, I was in Austin for a work trip and rode there- it was a blast. Tons of fun. Their two top end DH trails had me grinning, even though they are short. Since every foot of vertical is so precious to them, they really put effort into making fun trails.

That being said, you can ebike up to the top about as fast as the lift is...
  • 2 0
 @HB208: Or Utah
  • 2 0
 @hamncheez: This is my argument with Bentonville claiming the "mountain bike capitol of the world" title. Yes, there are a ton of well built, fun trails, but you need more than 200 feet of vertical and a bunch of money to be the "capitol of the world."

My 7 mile after work loop in the lower Boise foothills has hundreds of feet more vertical than Bentonville's 20 mile "epic" ride.
  • 2 0
 @hamncheez: Anywhere that's nice and not California I'd imagine.
  • 2 0
 @hamncheez: I ended up watching some YouTube vids of the place. Looked like they used the elevation really well and some fun trails for sure.
  • 1 0
 @kiksy: I've never actually been, but some dudes I've talked to say it's really fun. I'm hoping to get out there this summer.

Edit: you asked about trail length and I think they are about 3-5 mins each.
  • 3 4
 @FloridaHasMTBToo: I'll bet you my backyard trail is better than Florida's best trail. Ah, this PNW life is tough...
  • 1 2
 @gilby82: Your trails are bullshit, how does fForida have bigger jumps than the pNw?
  • 2 1
 @gilby82: Okay, and? Like I said earlier, unless you want to try, shut up and ride your blown out, over used bike parks.
  • 4 0
 @FloridaHasMTBToo: If your experience riding in the PNW is limited to blown out, over used bike parks, you've done something very wrong
  • 2 2
 @Burningbird: I haven't ridden in the PNW, which is why I wound up making a false assumption. Just like the one gilby82 made.
  • 2 2
 @FloridaHasMTBToo: bahaha. I'm sorry. I'd be bitter if I had to live in Florida, too. You should come to Washington (where we only have one lift assisted bike park that didn't even open this year, that I've never ridden) and see what real mountain biking is like. Then tell me about how rad the Fla scene is.
  • 2 1
 @ReeferSouthrland: what are you even talking about? Never ridden in the PNW, huh? Show me Florida's biggest public jump line and I'll bet you we beat it multiple times. But the jumps aren't what you come here for...
  • 2 1
 @gilby82: Votex at Santos you would not make it through most of the lines., been all over PNW and BC and Europe and the NE what are you flappin bout?
  • 2 1
 @ReeferSouthrland: I'm sorry if you think any trail with 100 feet of descent over two miles is the best you've got! I'm done with this little scape from reality. Show me all the people moving from Bellingham to Florida for their MTB scene
  • 2 1
 @gilby82: It's more of a dirt jump/ freeride spot. Way over your head.
  • 2 1
 @ReeferSouthrland: I'm sorry man. I've got 150 miles of trail with thousands of get of verticle to explore within 15 minutes of me this morning. (Including dirt jumps that I'm guessing are just as good as what you've got). The hard part is figuring out where to ride. Enjoy your DJ "trail" that makes Florida the MTB hotspot that it is
  • 3 1
 @gilby82: Technically, we have at least two lift access bike parks. Dry Hill bike park. They have shuttles occasionally and for the NW Cup races. As for Florida riding, it may not have the best DH but i've seen some killer jump spots on my trips there. Definitely better than the ones in my area.
  • 1 0
 @gilby82: Sorry bro I have 2600 vert of private property out my back door full of goodies. Hopefully the massive line dries up, been raining alot here?
  • 68 19
 f**king BULLSHIT, ski resorts have been open so whats the big F**King DEAL
  • 24 4
 Exactly... skiing was at full tilt all winter. what gives?
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flag naptime (Apr 1, 2021 at 7:58) (Below Threshold)
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 Uh, whistler got shut down on Tuesday
  • 11 0
 @FULL-SEND-ER: Nevis Range has been closed. Scotland isn’t out of lockdown yet, at this point hoping that travel into the region will be open is an expensive gamble.
  • 19 0
 No ski resorts been open here, best snow in years apparently as well lol
  • 50 1
 Yeah, if someone can go skiing in the umerika, why can't they have a bike race in Scotland?
  • 18 11
 @dingus: because Scottish people are smart?
  • 2 0
 @onemind123: not by choice.
  • 4 2
 @nojzilla: I don't know about the rest of the world, but ski resorts near me were insanely busy. I guess the rules vary somewhat based on location, but there were crowds of people at my local ski resort all winter.
  • 10 0
 I think you can better compare it to the alpine ski worldcup, which took place this season without major cancellations
  • 3 0
 @nickgarrison: do those crowds compare to the largest spectator count of any world cup DH race such as Fort William?
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 UCI is a bunch of snow flakes
  • 1 0
 Italy had no lifts all winter...
  • 21 23
 The primary Bullsh#t to blame is all the right wing conspiracy theorists/Trump supporters who have never taken the pandemic seriously. Had everybody taken it seriously we would be getting over it by now and no races would be canceled.

But now you still have idiots all around the world who don't believe it and are afraid if they get vaccinated Bill Gates will be able to track their location wherever they go.
  • 9 1
 @DoubleCrownAddict: trump should be applauded, the rest of us are now worrying about a third wave, not America, you guys are still powering through the first wave
  • 4 0
 @DoubleCrownAddict: yeah but what about the "variants" that keep showing up? Just because we "stop" one don't expect this to be over....way too much money being made by keeping people fearing the next wave and variant. So even if we had "taken it seriously" , we'd still have reasons to be afraid. Or, come to my part of the world where we're living pretty normally again and nothing is shutting down due to spikes in cases
  • 4 3
 @DoubleCrownAddict: is drinking the kool aid. If it wasn't for all those conspiracy theories and trumpers, the virus would be gone already?? Lol that's funny
  • 6 1
 @DoubleCrownAddict: Right, it was Trumps fault. Unfortunately the numbers don't back this up. If there were that many right-wing conspiracy theorists, and they had that much influence, then logically Trump would still be president, would he not? No, the people that aren't getting vaccinated are regular ignorant folk who believe everything that they read on the internet, or anti-vaxxers that still believe the Jenny McCarthy's of the world.
  • 6 2
 @DoubleCrownAddict: this is such delusional bullshit. In Europe where it was taken seriously from the very beginning the death toll is just as high per capita. In fact, going by deaths per capita the USA would not even be in the top 10 European countries.

France, has the world's highest vaccine non compliance rate, Czech Republic was the very first country in the world to introduce mask mandates and they were strongly complied with but it has the 2nd highest per capita death rate in the world...go figure.

All the "experts" have been wrong from the very beginning of this pandemic. And I use experts in inverted commas as they are undoubtedly experts in their very limited area of research but they aren't qualified to offer solutions on a pandemic. Countries such as Czech, France and Germany have followed their advice rigidly and still been ravaged by Covid deaths. Lots of experts seem to lack humility to admit they don't have all the answers.

Sweden on the other hand has done its own thing, much to the chagrin of people like yourself who want to believe they are smarter than everyone else and they have a death rate far lower than most other European countries.

It's almost like there is no simple solution and Trumps policy of not destroying his countries economy to prevent deaths that are proving to be unpreventable may not have been so dumb after all. But I'm sure you won't be able to contemplate this over your anger and need to rage about Trump and conspiracy theorists. Meanwhile we have been locked down for 200 days, we have 25% unemployment and product shortages are beginning to hit worldwide.

Genius policy these lockdowns. Just genius.
  • 4 0
 @humoroususername: have you looked at the numbers in Sweden lately? More cases than the UK in the last two weeks.
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 @DHhack: I didn't mention the UK....which has been 50% vaccinated so far.

Every country has spikes and troughs. We have over a year of data now and Sweden clearly made the right call by allowing its citizens to go about their lives with some degree of normality while the rest of Europe shut down and started arresting people for going outside.
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 @humoroususername: when their rates were low yes. They are no longer low, the goalposts have moved, your mentality has not.
  • 2 1
 @humoroususername: you just have to love it when some random dude on the internet thinks he broke the code and has it all figured

Youre logic is entirely flawed.They are so many variables that you arent taking account.For instance, the ratio of more vulnerable people per capita.Italy has a much higher number of vulnerable people within its population than say , the US.You cant just compile the death rate of a country and say, well here you have the proof this country have a better policy based on the death rate...Thats simply FLAWED data...Speaking of policy, you’re assuming the entire population of a country is diligently following the government’s recommendations when you say stuff like Czech Republic was the very first country to introduce masks...It doesnt mean every single person FOLLOWED THE RULE = FLAWED.Just because the government asks to do something, it doesn’t mean 100% of their citizens will do what they are ask to do and with a highly virulent virus, it only takes a few hundred people NOT following to rules to screw up the rest of the population.

By the way SWEDEN has done terrible...I have multiple friends there saying its a complete gong show.Even their Prime Minister admitted back in December their Covid strategy was WRONG...You clearly have no idea what you’re talking about.

Now, Im not saying I agree with every decision taken based on expert recommendations but those EXPERTS ( as in professional people ) are trying their best to handle a monumental task...but sure, some guy on Pinkbike thinks he’s more clever than an entire planet of, give your head a shake dumbo, what would YOU have done better if you’re so smart? You clearly demonstrate you dont have a grasp of the magnitude of this pandemic.Its not all black and white and as it turns out, the “grey”part of it all ( or if you prefer the small variations such as people not doing has they are told or this NEW virus behaving in unexpected new ways) is what has f*cked us all up....A lockdown isn’t the absolute solution and its effectiveness is somewhat debatable BUT, given the circumstances, there really isnt a simpler, most effective solution at the moment...
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Wow, what a gotcha moment for you. Unfortunately for you, here is a quote from week after that supposed admission of failure saying that their strategy hasn't they believe it is the right strategy.

He was quoted out of context as was widely reported in the week after his alleged admission of failure. But people like you only read headlines and never follow up.

Facepalm indeed...
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 @neroleeloo: that's great, keep throwing out the insults. Being told "youre logic is entirely flawed" by someone whose syntax is barely readable doesn't bother me too much.

"By the way SWEDEN has done terrible...I have multiple friends there saying its a complete gong show." - wow, your anecdotal evidence from friends totally disproves my point. It's almost like your friends have zero reference point of what it's like in other countries and their opinions are worthless. Oh wait, that's exactly what it is.

" While still performing worse than other Nordic countries on data from Eurostat, the official European Union statistics agency, and the University of Oxford, shows that Sweden recorded 7.9% excess deaths last year compared to the years 2016-19, according to the independent health news site Dagens Medicin. "

If you can't understand the relevance of that raw data in the article I just linked and how it totally undermines your argument then I can't help you. You probably aren't capable of forming thoughts/opinions without having someone explain it to you.

You're not just rude, you're incredibly ill informed yourself and completely devoid of any intelligent or thoughtful argument. Your attitude can be summed up as follows: "durrrr, if I keep saying experts understand better than random guy on Internet then that means I must be expert too". Invoking someone else's knowledge is not an argument or a sign that your are yourself ingratiate with these experts that you like to think all agree with you. All you are trying to do is make it look like you are on the side of the "educated" and "informed" when you actually don't have a f*cking clue of what you are talking about.

So far, all you've done is posted some opinions of your friends and insulted me, yet you are trying to take some sort of intellectual high ground. It's laughable and anyone can see that you have no arguments or knowledge of your own to offer.
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 @neroleeloo: "A lockdown isn’t the absolute solution and its effectiveness is somewhat debatable BUT, given the circumstances, there really isnt a simpler, most effective solution at the moment..."

Anyone who thinks this lockdown is going to be even remotely cost effective is so deluded that its almost incomprehensible. Let's see how cost effective it is when your savings are worth next to nothing because of the sheer volume of currency that has been printed in the last 12 months starts to come through. Or when all of the "temporary" business closures become permanent because those entrepreneurs who started them are just broken mentally and financially and can't summon the energy or capital to do it all again. I'm in business myself and I am well ahead of the curve on what is coming. Average consumers have absolutely no idea of the price rises, supply shortages and worse that are coming down the line in the next year. Expect the cost of building a house to go up 50%. That's if you can even get steel or timber.

I talk to business people from different industries all day everyday. The price rises and supply shortages coming are massive, unprecedented since WW2 and they will hit almost every sector and you are in for a huge shock. Every single person, in every industry is talking about it. Consumers are going to be caught totally off guard when the economies of the world do reopen.

You do not have even the faintest idea of what you are talking about.
  • 57 21
 Just run the whole series in the US and A since no one here gives a fSmile Smile Smile about covid. Could have a sweet lineup of courses between the east and west coast, and it would actually happen.
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flag LaXcarp (Apr 1, 2021 at 7:55) (Below Threshold)
 Our dont give AF is starting to help us. We are basically at 50% herd immunity when you sum the previously infected with the vaccinated.
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 @LaXcarp: yeah and >500,000 deaths. Great plan.
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Doses given 150M
Fully vaccinated 54.6M
% of population fully vaccinated 16.64%
as-of 4/1/2021
  • 9 7
 @abprice: I think they were including actual infected and previously infected folks in those numbers but probably an unscientific estimate based on the wording. Also I don't think there's any proof vaccination prevents transmission. Lots of hopes and dreams, which may end up valid. But no real proof yet. Too soon.
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flag fjallman82 (Apr 1, 2021 at 9:30) (Below Threshold)
 @yupstate: this is total bs and is fear mongering. If the vaccine prevents you from getting Covid then you can’t transmit it. That’s how vaccines work, not just for the individual but, for everyone. And before you say the vaccine isn’t , I know, but nothing is and 80-90% is pretty damn good.
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 @fjallman82: and we should trust what youre saying because youre an expert virologist right?
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 But then all of the athletes would get covid...
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(Reuters) - COVID-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer Inc with BioNTech SE and Moderna Inc reduced risk of infection by 80% two weeks or more after the first of two shots, according to data from a real-world U.S. study released on Monday.
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 @abprice: Ok now read what I wrote and add in the population of previously infected.

Y'all are shooting the messenger. I didnt say I support this method of pandemic management, I was just passing a long some data.
  • 1 0
 @MonkeyBadgerBoy: I didnt say I support or agree with the plan (or lack thereof).
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 @yupstate: Vaccination helps to prevent transmission, that's kind of the point of vaccination. You can't transmit the virus unless its actively replicating in your body, and it can't actively replicate if you're immune system was previously sensitized through infection or vaccination, generated memory antibodies and T-Cells, and has neutralized the virions. This is how science works. Now if you've had COVID or were vaccinated and want to still hide in your house like a frightened baby chipmunk, that's your prerogative and I support it. I kind of like how places aren't as crowded as they used to be.
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 Scotland’s infection rate and death rate is almost identical to that of the US. Apparently they also don’t give a shit. Might as well do some racing
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flag JosephDunbar (Apr 1, 2021 at 11:52) (Below Threshold)
 @abprice: thank you Donald Trump
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 Its like you all forgot the word "asymptomatic", lol.
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 @MonkeyBadgerBoy: 650,000 died last year in the US from heart disease (HD is code for being a fat ass) I see nothing wrong with promoting fitness in the way of a bicycle event to get people off there ass and getting fit
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 @JosephDunbar: A lot of people die from heart disease who are not fat. There are many people that can eat fast food weekly or more and not gain weight. They have hearts clogged with that crap. Body size is not a great predictor for heart disease, family history, activity and diet are much better and in that order.
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 @neroleeloo: You don't have to be an expert virologist to state empirical scientific data, no more than you have to be a mathematician to state that the square root of 81 is 9. Your logic is flawed here my brother.
  • 1 3
 @neroleeloo: no, maybe trust the CDC???
  • 6 3
 They are still doing studies; why would they do studies if it's already proven? There are many different vaccines from all over the world and they don't all have the same results. Every article seems very promising; absolutely, but there is no proof that all the vaccines stop infection and thus transmission. Some might just stop symptoms, or reduce the risk of infection by a certain percentage. I read 2-3 articles each day as they are released about all the studies on transmission; I'm very interested. Again, seems promising! But they are still researching and everything so far is very preliminary.
  • 5 1
 Love the downvoted from the duma$$ political pawns... While those who listen to the scientists data relish our freedom.... Freaking idiots
  • 1 3
 @yupstate: whatever you say man. Have fun doom scrolling for articles that support your point of view.
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All data from 03/22/2021
Data for the USA:
Total number of deaths per 100,000 inhabitants: 162
Total number of deaths per 100,000 inhabitants last 7 days: 2.3
Infection-Death-Rate: 0.00161934%

Same data for Sweden: (No Lockdown, no mask mandates)
Total number of deaths per 100,000 inhabitants: 131
Total number of deaths per 100,000 inhabitants last 7 days: 0.28
Infection-Death-Rate: 0.001277923%
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 @fjallman82: It's called educating yourself. Is reading articles that inform me and help me make decisions about my own personal choices a bad thing? Please explain. Thank you.
  • 1 1
 @thustlewhumber: Maybe you should take Microbiology 101 and learn what the word actually means and refers to?
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 @MonkeyBadgerBoy: 500,000 deaths in a country with 330,000,000 people isn't that significant. The USA would rank 14th in deaths per capita if it were in the EU.

But yeah, keep believing the narrative that the USA is somehow worse affected than anywhere else. f*ck me, the anti USA media narrative that idiots buy into is mind blowing.
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 @humoroususername: yep, common sense for the win.
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 @JosephDunbar: I suffer from heart disease mate and I can assure you I’m not fat. Have always ridden and always ate well. Educate yourself
  • 34 3
 This is getting out of control, why the f*ck are they aloud to play football and rugby against other countries but they can’t have a downhill race which is miles away from any city’s! Now we have to wait till bloody June now for the worst race on the Calendar...
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 Im with you brother, but i think it has to do with the pre race logistics of holding the event more than the race itself...There’s a lot of moving pieces for a one weekend event like this and international travelling isn’t exactly the smoothest thing at the moment...a big giant headache with a ton of possible last minute cancellations that could essentially ruined the event = big financial risk
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 Level of sport & different format entirely - footballers all tested prior to being bundled on a plane, stay in the same hotel, play against other tested people then leave all together.

A DH WC by comparison is a mixed up group ranging from pro teams to back of van privateers, all travelling from different places, by various means and multiple countries to stay in various accommodation types and mingle and mix with locals etc - the differences are just huge.
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 Firstly *allowed*

Secondly do you think the risk to the local population out weighs the need to bring in how ever many teams from all over the world just for one weekend where spectators aren't allowed this year any way. Gain some perspective.
  • 1 0
 I was thinking same thing...
  • 20 3
 We possibly have the best vaccination roll out in the world, yet this happens. Past year has been a joke.
  • 13 17
flag neroleeloo (Apr 1, 2021 at 9:46) (Below Threshold)
 You have some reeeeeal dark sense of humour to think 2020 has been a joke
  • 14 1
 Okay, I’ll bite. What’s COVID-19?
  • 3 0
 In an otherwise depressing thread, that made me LoL. Well played sir.
  • 12 1
 Obviously we know this is a joke because DH racing is the ultimate sport in social distancing.
  • 8 0
 This has only to do with money/financing the event. European road racing is popping off right now and has been all year. They have 10x the amount of riders, staff, etc. (avenues for COVID infection) yet races happening week in and week out.
  • 9 0
 This won’t be the last cancellation announcement I bet....... fingers crossed I’m wrong , but I’m not holding my breath.
  • 6 0
 Sadly, agree mate.
  • 2 0
 Yeah, figures in France aren't looking great. Coupled with their slow vaccination progress, think it'll be unlikely that Les Gets will happen.
  • 6 1
 This Title kind of ruins all the other April 1 articles. I mean it instantly reminds everyone that it is April 1, and all the other articles are spoofs. Why not post it tomorrow?
  • 1 0
 Thanks, kcurd. Funniest thing I've read today.
  • 5 0
 Funny joke UCI, you got me with that one (slaps knee)..... maybe your not the stiff a**holes we all think you are!
  • 6 1
 This is gutting. Hopefully they can sort a few double headers again to bulk up the season
  • 16 14
 Whew, that was a close one. They just saved the lives of people doing the most dangerous thing they will do each and every day... Drive or ride in a moving vehicle on public roads. Such heroes to think of everyone's safety when they won't think for themselves.
  • 6 0
 I must be the only one here fkn stoked for SNOWSHOE!
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 So, Lets continue to attempt to hold events at places where its 50/50
Why not Run the Events in countries that have their sh1t sorted.

Im all for travelling to New Zealand - some of the worlds best trails there - Just lets not run it at Christchurch Adventure park - would just give them anther reason to get out of maintaining the other trails.(note: if they even continue as they've just been fined $12m for the issues around the 2017 fires.)
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 Yea sure, run it in a country that’s given about 60k vaccinations so infected people can go there and spread it about, brilliant.
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 @justanotherusername: You obviously have no idea, Look how many they let in for the america's cup and had no issues - UCI bring what? 1000 people into the country max? drop in the bucket.
Do research from their media not other countries media on New Zealand.
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 @mtbtrekracer: the point I am making is why would a county like NZ who has dealt with Covid more successfully than most others but has yet to vaccinate its population to any great extent let a load of mountain bikers in to compete in a realistically low budget niche sport?
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 Why not just cancel the while friggin season you snowflake p?ssies. What double standards are next. So f1, football and rugby is OK.....but a sport with half or even a quarter of the pomp and procession gets screwed over. NICE!!!
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 Why risk further loss of tourism income for the sake of one weekend?
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 Honestly, I don't understand this. I'm not an anti-masker or Covid denier, but what is the sense of canceling outdoor events? All of the science seems to suggest that the virus is much less likely to spread outdoors, because the air is constantly moving. It's not impossible, but if people are a few feet away from each other, there is a very low chance of enough viral load to travel from one person to another, especially if they're wearing masks. All other major sports are up and running now. Mountain bike events seem to be the most cautious of all the sports, which is odd considering the risks implicit in the sport itself.

I just hope the bike parks near me are all open this summer. Last year Steamboat, Crested Butte, etc. couldn't figure out how to operate the bike park, but were jam packed all winter for skiing. Trestle, Vail, Snowmass, etc. all managed it just fine last summer. And again, it's a completely outdoor sport, where transmission is highly unlikely. During ski season, people are congregating in the lodges and restaurants whenever they aren't on the slopes, whereas in the summer, people can chill outside.

And this is all leaving aside the fact that vaccinations are taking place all around the world, reducing the number of infection vectors. The fewer homes we leave open for the virus, the less it can spread, and reduces the opportunities for it to mutate, because mutation requires replication.
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 With europe struggling with rising cancelled there wont be a wc this season
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 That’s the huge issue isn’t it, poor vaccine rollout plus rising cases to what looks like a ‘third wave’ which we all know now isn’t over in a few weeks, especially as it’s on its way up now....

3 months easy until they let up, in France now - it’s not like they will have the vaccine issue sorted by then either.
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 Could it really not have been pushed to fall? Scotland won't have vaccines in place by then? Not complaining, just curious... and sad.
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 And to top it off some clown/f****n d*****d has driven a Land Rover down the bottom of the world cup track yesterday, apparently NOT an April fools joke either according to Nevis Range Instagram this morning
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 Wait though it was canceled? "Options for a later date are still being examined with a final decision to be announced in the next few weeks."
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 I guess final decision if there will be a later date at all...
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 The USA needs to step it up and have more national races . Like it was back in the day.
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 Thats what you get for believing all the Covid lies told by politicans.
Meanwhile overpayed soccerstars and millionars driving in a circle (F1) have no problem doing their sport.
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 World Champs in Val Di Sole about to cause more casualties than COVID-19
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 France just shut down, so yeah not a good time to have a big event with the weather warming up and people being tired of being indoors.
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 Round 1 at revolution.
That will sort it lovely!

Meant to be going there in a coupe of wks so hopefully meet the local pros (23rd April)
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 Opening again on the 28th - first couple of days in pods again. We've still got one in the bag for there, so can't wait.
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 Reschedule for Windrock!
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 Well, shit
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 Hospitals are empty. Total joke.
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flag neroleeloo (Apr 1, 2021 at 9:43) (Below Threshold)
 Thats been the whole point for a YEAR now and you still haven’t caught up?Prevent the hospital from getting overwhelmed so we can actually have hospitals in case of other emergencies...You my friend are the only total joke here.
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 Correct and its been proven by FOI requests to hospitals. I know hospitals on the news claiming to have ambulances lining up at the door, people I know have gone down there later that day....empty.....all for the media! Also have friends working on the ambulances, confirming this.
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 Of course hospitals are empty. People are working from home so way less injuries, car accidents etc. Every time they relax protocols here the ICU's fill up and we run out of ventilators. If covid spreads too fast you still wont have full hospitals, you'll have overflowing ICU's with people who cant breathe.
From yesterday :
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 @friendlyfoe: no, hospitals are empty in the UK because almost everybody who actually needs to be vaccinated to prevent serious illness or death have been.

That’s Canadian news you post there, not Scottish / English, completely different situation.
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 @Gilly009: think you have your head stick in December / Jan maybe? No body is saying that about hospitals at the moment at all.
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 @neroleeloo: = Bell end
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 @justanotherusername: no mate. Slightly busier at the start of seasonality around September then dropped again. All elderly, underlying health conditions or obese. My local city hospital had 27 deaths with none of the above from March last year.
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 @friendlyfoe: most A&E visits are feom accidents/incedents in the home....
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 @Gilly009: I suppose it’s all been a giant hoax then. At least you have finally cracked it, the number of people reportedly in hospitals with Covid were made up, the 150k death toll was made up. Hospital staff just sat on their arse in a giant empty hospital as they were all in on it.

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No one has died of anything else in the last year almost, as they catch covid in hospital, test for it and if positive write covid on the death certificate. Even if they came in to hospital from a carcrash.

Real numbers are much lower
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 @Richt2000: or higher. Depends who you ask. Countries have f*cked their economies for fun. Silly sausages. I blame the aliens.
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 @Gilly009: so the lockdowns worked then? In April last year the excess mortality rate was as much as 120% higher than the previous 4 year average for certain age groups. Good job we've managed to keep it down to manageable levels since then, don't you agree?
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 @johnnyboy11000: debate is pointless, every single batshit argument has been legitimised and rendered immovable by the critical mass of people that can gather behind it thanks to the internet. God died with Nietzsche, facts and objectivity died at the turn of the century after a long period of convalescence. No idea what we're left with, but it's probably a good idea to enjoy what we still have while we can, because the meek ain't inheriting jack, they're just going to conspiracize themselves into extinction.
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 @Richt2000: so what if real numbers are lower?

Do you still think this whole thing is fake? If so, who is the perpetrator and winner of it all?
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 @johnnyboy11000: check the ONS or PANDA for actual data, not MSM or government.

Lockdowns/masks proven not to work
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 @Gilly009: so how come Flu,cold an other communicable diseases are way down?
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 @Gilly009: Here's the link should you wish to give it your expert scrutiny and analysis
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 @johnnyboy11000: that’s all made up, didn’t you know that? Stop coming here with reliable verified facts.
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 @johnnyboy11000: I can’t see anywhere on that site where the cause of death omission ‘with’ or ‘of’ CV19. Unfortunately in the UK I’d you tested positive within 28 days and then got knocked over by a bus, you are a CV stat.
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 @Gilly009: well spotted. Now explain the cause of the spike in deaths Vs the previous average, and why it lowered again after going into lockdown. Coincidence? 5G?
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 @johnnyboy11000: the curve was already on its way down when both mask mandates and lockdowns were introduced. Obviously a seasonal virus as it came down/went up similar to flu patterns. Did you notice how the virus spiked as the vaccine programme was introduced. Ivor Cummins on YouTube explains this clearly using the official data and covers the whole of Europe especially Ireland and the UK (lots of others also, check out the ‘great barrington declaration’)
5G is that even rolled out yet? I need to upgrade my phone
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 @Gilly009: Govt stopped "non-essential travel and contact" on 16th march. Then full stay at home lockdown on 25th March. Deaths peaked in April, way above the average for the previous 4 years. So nothing like flu.
Neither one of us is going to convince the other of anything here so I'm out.
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 @johnnyboy11000: yes. Factual evidence based on science and data. Across Europe the excess deaths for flu in 2018 was 160,000. 2020 deaths 145,077 due to corona with limited flu diagnosis. That seems less than previous years.
If you look into ‘cases’, this is run on PCR tests run above the recommended Ct cycles. Anything above the recommended cycle threshold gives false positives. All governments around the world are running much higher that recommended, hence high numbers of cases and seemingly the interest to ‘mass’ test. PCR was not invented to diagnose nor identify a single virus, disease or bacteria. The facts are straight out of the inventors mouth ‘Kary Mullis’
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 @johnnyboy11000: and if you check the correct peak dates for March/April 2020 the peak had already been hit 2 weeks prior to the intro of masks/lockdowns. Infact, an increase in respiratory problems occurred after masking. Wonder why? I have a few friends in the NHS and a guy at work, who is in working groups for the WHO and a medical professional in the virus field. These points are brought up from the WHo group but heavily censored by them.
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 @Gilly009: Mate it took me 30 seconds on Google to debunk that shite about the inventor of the PCR tests. Please don't waste your time replying, I'm finished.
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 @johnnyboy11000: 30 seconds to debunk a full into he gave in 2019? Wow. You debunked a biochemist. Maybe I was watching a GCI double
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 Well that sucks... unfortunately, I have a bad feeling about Leogang as well...
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 Surley it could've gone ahead without spectators Frown
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 The comment made was that even without us cheering rabble there would still be around 600 people attending, most of which would come from abroad. That's a lot of people to move about when the borders are sort of shut.... Switzerland last year capped events at a few hundred, just the teams alone at Lenzerheide would have taken it over 1000 people.
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 @themop: an yet footy matches can go ahead with hundreds of support staff........?
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 Financial decision?
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 @nojzilla: having watched a footy match recently it doesn't look like they have 100 people in the stadium.... Passed Wembley on Wednesday and I didn't realise there was an England game on until I saw it on the telly.

It's tricky but stadia are big, 360 degree facilities where it's easy to segregate with most of the support staff like security and maintenance being local. Athletes are a small number.

Fort Bill? Local support staff (except for timing), hundreds of athletes, both using a central transport system, so mixing. All personnel requiring local accommodation which is more mixing.

I imagine that was part of the insurmountable issues with the local authorities.

Let's talk financial. Fort William is a world cup without major local backing which is a rarity. So no income. No spectators means no income. It would certainly be an influence but the sponsor income may have helped them break even.
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 @themop: yeah that was what I meant on the financial side, no crowd no profit.
My uncle actually went to a Norwich City match in early Dec, before the cold+flu season lock down.
Bit risky I said.
Not worried as it was limited to 2000 crowd capacity.....
500 in each stand? i asked
No, all cramed into one stand with no distancing........
Face palm for humanity eh
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 P.S sorry forgot to add. I heard a radio programme in the first full lockdown about football matches starting with no fans. It mentioned around 300 staff required to run the stadium even in that situation.
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 @nojzilla: 300 staff to run a football match..... I can see how it adds up, but that number seems like a lot!
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 @themop: Guy on the radio said that was minimal too! We all knowbwhat primadonna's footballers are they maybe have like 10 personal assistants each so that's like the first 220!!! ¿ :'D
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 I wouldn't bet on Leogang either - vaccination rate in Austria is terribly slow and way behind plan...
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 This is getting ridiculous.

That place has been open to the public and will be fully open again once maintenance is done. They even have new stuff off the gondola. Lower mountain is "open to locals" right now.

So the public can ride it and will be able to ride it. You can purchase 2021 season passes right now... but the race is canceled because... well because.

NFL is planning on having crowds this season. Scotland's football (soccer) team is traveling for World Cup qualifiers right now... so it's o.k. for them to leave their country but don't go to theirs.
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 The race is canceled because of the logistics involved with running an event like this which makes it a huge financial risk, especially considering all the potential last minute cancellations...having locals riding the park( has in people already im the country) is a whole different matter than moving infrastructures across multiple international borders and flying people from all over the world for ONE weekend that may end up getting canceled by the Scottish government...
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 "The place has been open to the public"

The only thing that has been "open" to the public has been the forest trails. There hasn't even been public toilet facilities open at Nevis Range since last year.

"It will be fully open again once maintenance is done"

Nothing is likely to be "fully open" anytime soon. The gondola uplift may hopefully be open in the coming weeks. Distancing restrictions will still be in place.

"They even have new stuff off the gondola"

Not yet, and no opening date announced yet for the blue graded downhill.

"The race is cancelled because ... well because"

Probably because there's a global pandemic ongoing. Maybe because of quarantine requirements for overseas visitors. Maybe because it's too expensive an event to host when it could be cancelled at short notice by a change in government restrictions.

With regards to the NFL - no-one is taking their lead on pandemic handling from the US.

As for football matches, a closed stadium match could take place with a relatively small number of people compared to the hundreds that would be required to run/compete in a UCI DH, and football matches take place between only 2 teams making organisation significantly simpler.

Nobody here wanted to see the event cancelled, least of all the Scottish fans, but I wasn't holding out much hope given that lockdown restrictions in Scotland don't even allow for people to visit each other's houses until the week the event was supposed to go ahead.

We'll just have to put our big boy pants on and wait it out until the next one.
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 @Malky79: I wouldn't model anything off the U.S. either. Bunch of idiots driving this bus.

Response. By fully open I meant the entire mountain not necessarily back to full capacity. And you agreed... it's opening in a couple weeks.

Of course it was canceled because there's a pandemic. That doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out.

You think football matches are easier to put on than an MTB race and there's only a few people? You've got the teams, coaches, trainers, misc staff. Caterers. The stadium staff required to maintain day of. Officials. Announcers. Camera operators and directors. Mic holders. Photographers and other misc media. Etc. And yes they're in a closed off stadium but they still have to fly through several airports to get there. Then bus to wherever they're going. Then there's hotels. Organizing it may or may not be simpler. I've organized large ass events before but I've never organized a football match.

They've had a year to figure it out.

Could things chance... sure. But they can always change. That's nothing new.

Just doesn't make sense to me that a place that's going to be operating a full time business is canceling an MTB race. Would make more sense to just not allow fans. Nothing is easy right now. If races are being canceled they should be looking for alternatives. Just shortening the season shouldn't be the go to answer.

Side note... thanks for the informative post. Appreciate it. Better than the knee jerk reactions you usually see.
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 @onemanarmy: Rare Management have been running the Fort WC races very successfully for a number of years. An announcement was made on 4th March that they planned to run the event without spectators. Obviously it has now become apparent that it's not possible to run the event at all.
If you are looking for someone to blame I'd start with the criminally negligent, inept and corrupt UK government.
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 @Malky79: Most every part of every government is corrupt.
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 Fort bill with zero spectators would be shit any way
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 Simple solution to all of this nonsense. Just make sure that everyone shows proof of ID and vaccination card that participates and attends. Same thing with other sports venues. Sounds like the perfect positive reinforcement for getting vaccinated.
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 And so it begins again! Same as last year no doubt
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 Well we have a cake taker in the blows chunks news of the day category.
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 Bring it to NZ we pretty sweet down here, go to Cairns after I thought it was a global sport.
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 Gotta keep living even if the bomb drops on us all.
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 Not safe in te UK, totally fine in Austria
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 Another fucking year
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 Feel sorry for the riders tbh
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 "the risks and challenges are too great to proceed with the event according to the false safety standards imposed by the current feckless government."

Fixed it.
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 Esports World Cup DH season until this shitstorm blows over
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 Ah man what a bummer!
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 The gift from BoJo that just keeps giving...
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 Its Nippy not BoJo as Scotland not the shire. North of Perth so Hollyrood doesnt give a monkey's, yet she let the footballers play and party and the egg chasers hug each other and both sports go on international duty.
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 At least we didn't miss the Cheltenham festival or the cup semi final, while all those other suckers were staying indoors God knows what state we would be in if those events hadn't gone ahead.
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 Bojo is an incompetent degenerate, imagine if he was born on a council estate and not with a silver spoon and an ability to spout useless and inappropriate nonsense in Latin - what opinion would people who tug their forelock have then.
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 @justanotherusername: He is a buffoon for sure, no doubting that. But this is a Scotland thing and hee haw to do with Westmonster.

Such a shame the clans cant see that with their blinkers on.
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 Shoulda just done the Oceania bubble like I suggested. IDIOTS, ugh!!!
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 I don't understand why we need to get in the way of mother nature when she exercises some population control every century. Such a shame.
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 Yeah until you catch it or someone you care about does...
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flag CFR94 (Apr 1, 2021 at 16:28) (Below Threshold)
 @extratalldirtrider: yeah I have caught it and so have a lot of people I care about.
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 @CFR94: any of them die? Mine has. Fact is its not taken seriously enough. That's all there is to the discussion and you'd maybe understand that if your grandpa died because he couldn't get a bed due to other lames not taking it seriously enough.
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 Big bunch of arse.
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 Hilarious, great timing
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