The UCI Strengthens Measures Against COVID-19

Mar 15, 2020
by Ed Spratt  

The UCI has today announced a series of updated measures to combat the serious threat of COVID-19.

Cancellation requests

Previously the cycling governing body had announced that they would not be cancelling any events and instead it would be up to the individual organisers to make the final decision. But in their latest statement this has been reversed with the UCI announcing that they have "expressly requested to cancel any cycling event on the UCI International Calendar in territories identified at risk by the WHO." Currently, the countries most commonly labelled as the highest risk level for infection are: China, Iran, Italy and South Korea. We have reached out to the UCI for further information about which countries they deem "at-risk" and we will update the article when we have more information.

Suspension of classifications

Alongside the request to cancel events in high-risk areas the new measure includes the suspension of classifications for all events on the international UCI calendar from 15 March to at least 3 April to ensure that no athlete misses out by not competing at an event.

Olympics qualifying closed

In addition to this, they have decided to retroactively stop the Olympic selection procedure with the end date now being 3 March. This is also to make sure that no athlete has missed out by not competing over the last few weeks due to the spread of the virus.

bigquotesThe international situation linked to the coronavirus has accelerated sharply recently, especially in Europe, which has pushed the authorities to take drastic measures that have a major impact on our sport in particular. Faced with this unprecedented and changing situation, we must adapt and take necessary measures to guarantee, as far as possible, the security of people at our events as well as sporting equity. With the strong decisions taken concerning the UCI International Calendar and the Olympic qualification procedure, we are providing the awaited answers for people in our sport. The challenges we face in light of the current situation require all members of the cycling family and of the Olympic movement to be innovative, strong and united. UCI President David Lappartient

Currently, we do not know the full extent of how this will affect upcoming races but the UCI have stated that they will provide further information regarding new dates for events if they are able to find space in the calendar. We will provide updates on this once we know more.

UCI Press Release:

Based on the assessment made by the World Health Organisation (WHO) of the current situation related to the COVID-19 epidemic, and the restrictive measures taken by a number of countries within Europe and beyond prohibiting, in particular, gatherings and movement of people, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) today announces a series of decisive measures with the aim of ensuring the maximum protection of health of all those involved in cycling events and sporting equity between participants.

Not wishing to contribute to the spread of the virus and with the aim of ensuring sporting equity in its competitions, the UCI, after several crisis meetings held at the end of last week and over the weekend, has taken the following measures:
The safety of athletes being a priority mission of the UCI, organisers are expressly requested to cancel any cycling event on the UCI International Calendar in territories identified at risk by the WHO;

Suspension of all classifications for all events on the UCI International Calendar, across all disciplines, from 15 March 2020 and until further notice but at least until 3 April 2020. By freezing the points during the period indicated, the UCI is preserving sporting equity for the athletes;

With regard to the qualification procedure for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, which has been completed for road, track and para-cycling track but is still ongoing for mountain bike, BMX Racing, BMX Freestyle and para-cycling road, the UCI has taken the decision to ask respectively to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and International Paralympic Committee (IPC) that the qualification period is stopped retroactively as of 3 March 2020. Here again, with this strong decision, the UCI ensures sporting equity when it comes to the awarding of Olympic quotas.

These important decisions are guided by the desire of cycling’s world governing body to ensure, as far as possible, the health security of cyclists, teams, organisers, partners, media and all concerned people, including the public, as well as fair competitions for athletes and their teams (commercial, and national in the case of the Olympic Games). Concerning the UCI International Calendar, the UCI has registered to date over one hundred postponement and cancellation requests, and the list is growing daily. For when it comes to professional road cycling, the UCI consulted with the bodies representing the organisers (AIOCC), teams (AIGCP) and riders (CPA).

Concerning the Olympic and Paralympic qualification procedure for cycling events that are ongoing, the situation to date is the following: considering the uncertainty surrounding the spread of the virus, maintaining the qualification periods initially planned (11 May 2020 for BMX Freestyle, 27 May for mountain, 1st June for BMX Racing and 7th of June for para-cycling) would have resulted in unfairness between nations. The UCI has therefore decided to propose to the IOC and IPC to stop the procedure as of 3 March, in view of the fact that up until that date, no nation had been prevented from travelling to events.

This decision is guided by the fundamental principle of equal treatment for all athletes, and the importance of preventing these same athletes having to make incessant changes to their competition programmes and training plans. The constantly changing health situation also makes the possibility of building an alternative calendar for postponed events uncertain, despite the possibility of extension until June 30, 2020 granted by the IOC to all International Federations. Moreover, it should be made clear that 70% to 85% of the qualification events for these disciplines have already been held, and the classification taken into account, therefore represents a true sporting value. By taking this action, our Federation ensures the integrity of our athletes as well as equality of treatment of all nations and does not contravene the principles of the qualifying systems of the Olympic movement.

The request has been presented to the IOC and the IPC, in order to allow publication of the Olympic rankings and quotas of the remaining disciplines as soon as possible.

Concerning requests for postponement of events, the UCI will communicate at a later stage the possible reallocation of new dates, according to the possibilities offered by the UCI International Calendar but without any guarantee.

In addition, concerning UCI staff, we have taken measures conforming to the Swiss Federal Council’s new directives adopted on 13 March 2020. We have therefore decided to close the UCI World Cycling Centre (WCC) buildings in Aigle, which house our Federation’s headquarters, to the public. For the 120 staff members working for the UCI and the UCI WCC we have put in place a business continuity plan by activating home office work from Tuesday 17 March 2020.

Finally, the UCI repeats that it places its full confidence in the competent authorities to contain the spread of the virus, and for its part continues to play its role as the governing body for cycling for our sport’s families with the dual priority of health protection and sporting equity. In this period of uncertainty, the International Federation will continue to monitor the situation closely and to take appropriate measures in the interests of our sport. It calls on the solidarity of everyone to get through these difficult times.

The UCI President David Lappartient stated: “The international situation linked to the coronavirus has accelerated sharply recently, especially in Europe, which has pushed the authorities to take drastic measures that have a major impact on our sport in particular. Faced with this unprecedented and changing situation, we must adapt and take necessary measures to guarantee, as far as possible, the security of people at our events as well as sporting equity. With the strong decisions taken concerning the UCI International Calendar and the Olympic qualification procedure, we are providing the awaited answers for people in our sport. The challenges we face in light of the current situation require all members of the cycling family and of the Olympic movement to be innovative, strong and united.”

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 I'm going to go self isolate in the woods.
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 Let’s go mountainbiking !
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 I am at the trail head offering toilet paper rolls in exchange for components.
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 @WAKIdesigns: Bamboo rolls
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 @WAKIdesigns: chyu would like your location
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 I prefer it if you refer to me as being exiled for the good of society. Self isolation is so clinical and boring. Also, solo riding trails IS self isolation.
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 @WAKIdesigns: I'll swap you a new set of carbon enve's for a couple of sheets. Would prefer new but will accept slightly used
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 @johnnyboy11000: These are only 29mm internal, you’ll have to do with only two rolls of single layer harsh one for them. I am keeping the soft ones in case a Yeti comes along...

I hope you don’t mind if I spray you with MucOff degreaser before and after the deal
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 @WAKIdesigns: I'm gonna stock pile on socks for when the paper runs out.
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 I was going to self isolate with a box of tissues and red tube
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flag jclnv (Mar 15, 2020 at 12:32) (Below Threshold)
 Mountain biking like many other high risk sports is irresponsible when emergency services are stretched. You want to take away staff from critical care positions? Disgusting and selfish.
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 @Jclnv what sort of mountain biking? Is down country ok? Fire road? Where do we draw the line?
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flag jclnv (Mar 15, 2020 at 14:51) (Below Threshold)
 @WAKIdesigns: Depends on your moral stance I guess?
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 @jclnv: you obviously mean who’s your money are on and how many shades of gray are you seeing between black and white?

Mind games aside, we all know what part of our riding is risky but doubt can turn a safe feature into a back breaker so if you are going to ride please choose something mellow and then shred it. Because when there’s “I hope I don’t crash cuz a” in the back of your head, then yeah don’t ride. For instance I will definitely not go road riding. There’s enough of this virus in the heads of people to make it more likely for drivers to be leas focused on driving.

Stay smart people... that often means avoid unnecessary risks. So in a way I agree with you jclnv
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 nothing gets past UCI drug testing... or does it?
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 @WAKIdesigns: ill hose u down for half of what he/she is offering.
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 Did it yesterday, works a treat
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 @pinkknip: you will need the permission of the UCI for that.
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 @jclnv: I work in construction, mostly demolition work for the next 2 months as well. Super high risk, should I just stay home then? Hell a week ago I basically threaded a 3 1/4 inch nail into my forearm and had one sink itself nicely into my foot. Didn't bother with a visit to the doctors though, don't have time for that. I got work to do, and bills to pay.
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 @MikeGruhler: get it! Love a bit of demolition.. totally different set of rules!
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 @MikeGruhler: Don´t worry, the army will be soon at your door. France will close down the country this evening, other countries will follow. People should stay at home.
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 @MikeGruhler: everyone has bills to pay. Some can work from home and I bet it is mostly them coming up with stupid ideas. If they had small businesses to run they would sing differently. I wonder if people have a slightest clue what happens when cranes stop. Let's see when the toilet gets plugged for good or water stops coming from the tap, Let's just see. Oh, oh, of course these people should go to work! What about shop workers? Oh oh... yeah some of them should work too. Truck drivers? Shifting goods... like food! Oh fridge is down! Let me see I'll go to hmm... which shop is open - but they just told everyone to stay home haven't they? nha maybe them too, one employee is enough! What's next? oh you are just mentioning the essentials! Well mom is selling olives in Greek shop. It's been closed for a month now. Knock knock! Yes? erm you are late with rent Sir - excuse me gentlemen! - and who are you? - yeah who are you? I'm from bank - your mortgage is late and we have to increase your interest to 10% - sorry can't pay, I work in cell phone shop and my wife sells Feta cheese... erm... oh.. uh... quarantine will go on in... hm... how long? - dunno, let's check on Facebook! Daaaaad! I'm hungry - not now Chris... - but Daaaaaad! Not now Shirley!!! God Damn it!!! We need a new fridge can't you understaaaaaaand?! Do your homework! - Daaaaad Netflix is down! No TV is down... there's no electricity in the house - god damn it! why?
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 @WAKIdesigns: netflix is down and don't call me shirley
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 @WAKIdesigns: Thankfully I'm working on a remodel by myself and can go to work and back home without coming in contact with anyone except a gas pump once a week.
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 Wuhan clan comin at ya
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 winner winner bird flu dinner
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 I was wrong the other day making a joke about Wuhan. The new coronavirus is not an excuse to be racist. So again, sorry for what I said the other day.
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flag tobiusmaximum (Mar 15, 2020 at 9:26) (Below Threshold)
 @ostia: virtue: signalled. check
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 @ostia: Welcome to the Internet... You must be new here
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 @ostia: make an inappropriate comment, get called a racist. Own up and apologize, get called a virtue signaler. Ya just can't win on the internet.
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 @gumbytex: only way to win is not to play.
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 @ostia: yess still surprised Spain is not in this list yet... even both partners of primer and second minister infected...
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As @ostia said previously...welcome to the internet. You can win either way on the internet. There are many keyboard snipers out there...keep your head down. LOL

Look up @WAKIdesigns . One day he is the the funniest guy on the internet and the next day he is "Below threshold" with -100 on his comment. Shout out Waki.
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 @SangamonTaylor: I REALLY hope people get where this quote is from...
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 @gumbytex: show me this ‘inappropriate’ comment. People have their pants in a twist about the slightest bit of ribbing.
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 @tobiusmaximum: come back tomorrow with an apology and I’ll take back the downvote!
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 @Matt115lamb: lol. What am I apologising for?
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 @tobiusmaximum: don’t ask me to be your conscience ! ;D
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 @ostia: I’m not sure calling it by it’s name is racist, despite what China wants you to believe. If you truly believe that, please explain the following:

West Nile virus
Rocky Mountain Spotted fever
Ebola fever
Lyme disease
German measles
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 @hubsession: Is Fever a new Rocky Mountain that has been spotted?

That’s a name... Oh wow... Time for Sick Bicycles to return with “Cough”, “Sneeze”, “Fever” “Rash” and “the purge!”
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 I'll be tied as a points leader in the World Cup standings with Bruni this year!
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 Joint last is nothing to be proud of haha
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 I’ve heard the yet-to-be discovered vaccine in already banned by the UCI.
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 Yes it’s a boost for blocking death that’s on the watch list
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 So update from UK for those interested. Please do not troll if you do not agree with information being offered. As I always say, collate as many sources as you can and make your own informed decisions.

On Thursday Boris Johnson told the country (quote)

"We have all got to be clear, this is the worst public health crisis for a generation. Some people compare it to seasonal flu. Alas, that is not right. Due to the lack of immunity this disease is more dangerous.
“It is going to spread further and I must level with you, I must level with the British public: many more families are going to lose loved ones before their time.”

Today (Sunday) our Health Minister, Matt Hancock said in interview with Andrew Marr (quote)

“The thing the NHS needs now more than anything else is more ventilators”, he said. We’ve been buying as many as we can but we need to produce more too.”

"the UK around 5,000 ventilators, We think we need many times more than that and we are saying if you produce a ventilator then we will buy it. No number is too high.”

" The thing the NHS needs now more than anything else is more ventilators. We’ve been buying as many as we can but we need to produce more too. Anybody who can should turn production and their engineering “minds” over to the production of ventilators."

Mr Hancock said the government would introduce emergency legislation through the House of Commons next week to give the authorities the powers they need to force people to self-isolate.

“We are going to take the powers to make sure that we can quarantine people if they are a risk to public health. I doubt we will need to use it very much because people are being very responsible and people need to be responsible.”

Mr Hancock also said he could not rule out closing non-essential businesses such as restaurants and bars. Asked if the government could call for non-essential shops to close, he replied: “We haven’t ruled that out, we will do whatever is necessary.”

Asked on Sky News to confirm reports that the over-70s could be asked to stay at home for up to four months, he replied: “That is in the action plan, yes, and we will be setting it out with more detail when it is the right time to do so because we absolutely appreciate that it is a very big ask of the elderly and the vulnerable, and it’s for their own self-protection.”

Asked on when such a measure would be introduced, the cabinet minister said: “Certainly in the coming weeks, absolutely.”

While he said ministers were “confident” supermarkets would not run out of food and “the food supply will continue”, he added: “We stand ready to take further measures if that’s necessary.”

Podcast of interview for those who would like to hear.

Be safe everyone.
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 Big thumbs up!
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flag srh2 (Mar 15, 2020 at 15:42) (Below Threshold)
"Asked on Sky News to confirm reports that the over-70s could be asked to stay at home for up to four months, he replied: “That is in the action plan, yes, and we will be setting it out with more detail when it is the right time to do so because we absolutely appreciate that it is a very big ask of the elderly and the vulnerable, and it’s for their own self-protection.”

Things are changing quickly. There have been reports coming from France and Spain stating that up to 50% of the COVID-19 patients being treated in ICU (intensive care) are under the age of 50. As well, I have read information regarding those who have "recovered" from COVID-19 with lungs that are scarred (irreparable damage).
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 @srh2: you better post sources when you write stuff like this...
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flag srh2 (Mar 15, 2020 at 15:54) (Below Threshold)
 @WAKIdesigns: "you better post sources when you write stuff like this..."

Or else?


For anyone else out there who is interested in some intelligent information that is ahead of what is being reported in MSM regarding COVID-19, I highly recommend Chris Martenson / Peak Prosperity on YouTube. He has been weeks ahead with his information and thanks to him, our family is prepared (as well as we can be) for what is coming.
I hope we are overreacting.

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 @srh2: really? There’s no good response to this level of stupidity sorry...
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Sorry to be resorting to Wiki Waki, but Covid-19 causing scarring on the lungs, potentially permanent, is something that's coming out of a lot of countries.
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There are incidents of reduced lung function amongst those who have recovered from Covid-19 according to reports from doctors in Hong Kong, although as further recoveries we should have a better idea.

As always, collate as many sources as you can and make informed decisions for yourselves.
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 @Fix-the-Spade: I read this... daily. It does not say anywhere that all people who had Corona live with scarred lungs. So please check your mouth. On the contrary. It says that vast majority have mild symptoms. This is exactly why religion has been a prevailing method of controlling masses... faulty interpretation of data to support your feelings/ agenda. If you used a bit of logical thinking you would know there is no way they have tested even 10% of all the people who had it! They pnly tested folks who gave been hospitalized. If you wouldread further you’d see that all obese people, all people with various lung conditions, like cancer patients, smokers, regardless of age, are at increased risk. Yes situation is changing quickly, just not as quickly as stupidity spreads Big Grin
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 @WAKIdesigns: to be fair Waki, @Fix-the-Spade: didn't say "that all people who had Corona live with scarred lungs."
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 @srh2: you my friend are part of the problem. Waki is right. Don’t post stupid stats like that, that will terrify people unless you have facts and sources. I’m So sick of you drama queens perpetuating fear and hysteria
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flag srh2 (Mar 15, 2020 at 18:21) (Below Threshold)
 @jbob27: I referred to Chris Martenson as a source. Did you watch any of his videos?
It's not about drama, it's about being informed.

Keep sticking your head in the sand.
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 @srh2: YouTube is the f*cking sand mate
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 @browner: Let's see where the world is at in 3 weeks.
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 Hmmm, whos making ventilators (stock)?
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 @srh2 “He has been weeks ahead with his information and thanks to him, our family is prepared (as well as we can be) for what is coming”

- it is him who took all the toilet paper! Rush him!!!
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 @browner: Quote of the year. Definitely.
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 @jrocksdh: Me. I am. I take paypal.
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 : @srh2: I now watched the video you provided and checked the channel of that bloke. Hahaha, omg. Has he got his own pyramid scheme yet?! “peak prosperity” - that sounds like a legit source on pandemics. A financial expert, feeling like a kind of epidemiologist himself
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 @WAKIdesigns: One thing he figured out was that The Who are now in control of world health issues. They definitely won't get fooled again.
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 @ssteve: is this the moment we are playing Phil Collins “Jesus he knows me”?
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 @WAKIdesigns: Well he does know I'm right.
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 @ssteve: this song is relevant For nations to work together
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 @ssteve: Well, at least the kids are alright.
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 @metaam: I dunno... most of them can't eat their meat..
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 UCI doing a dis-service by not summarizing all of this by saying "Races cancelled, but still GET OUT AND RIDE YOUR BIKE".
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 This would be a really dumb move. in Italy and Austria being outside and ride you bike is forbidden. The main reason is, if you get hurt and need medical support in a hospital, and they are already overflown with covid 19 cases. no joke
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 @Tiez: are you holding your breath already? It may be not advised to increase risks but calling it a really dumb thing is a stretch. We’ll see how people will talk about quarantine when employer after employer will start saying they won’t pay salaries this month. And maybe not the next one. And then bank will send people mails about increasing interest on their mortgage. Bills don’t have quarantine baby. Let’s see what will happen when truck drivers will be told to stay home. Good luck. Thanks Italy for first ignoring basic rules then ignoring quarantine as it all went to shit and now telling the world to stay home. Now a*sholes like Polish government are using it for political reasons. Is there anything else they can fk up? Thanks China too. We have all those farms that vegans whine about because we control our meat
For diseases - not eating dogs and pigeons that crap on each other in cages stacked on top of each other on huge markets that are a hygienic disaster.
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 @Tiez: really? i know people who flew to austria yesterday, for a weeks skiing.
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 @tobiusmaximum: all ski resorts are closed from today, also most hotels have to close. ????
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 @tobiusmaximum: They are going to have a boring time, the Ski season has been ended by the Austrian Government and all the resorts are closing today.
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flag ATV25 (Mar 15, 2020 at 12:36) (Below Threshold)
 @WAKIdesigns: Media hype and paranoia ! Just wash your damn hands
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 @Tiez: Not true.
You can still go outside Biking if youre alone.
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 @WAKIdesigns: that’s a lot of uninformed and politicised bullshit there waki....
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 @justanotherusername: yeah... We’ll see in September. Politicized... if there’s anything that is politicized it’s closed downs made by Denmark, Norway and Poland because they go against UN and WHO guidelines. If you go against them you may as well screw quarantine, because why not? How about you come up with your own idea? You obviously have better data than fkng UN! There’s no room here for being woke as fuk and choosing who to listen to. You either listen to them or you fk off. This is what we all decided to follow, this is why these organizations exist: To manage humanity as a whole, beyond all national borders, on highest level and they prepared clear guidelines based on best scientific knowledge available to them. But nah, Danish and Polish Politicians know better! They read interviews with Italians.
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 @NotNamed: it depends on the region. in tyrola there is a complete lockdown! If you get caught, you will pay up to 3000€
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 @Tiez: Poland has no such problem. Firstly, we have dedicated coronavirus hospitals, so the rest is doing what they did before. Secondly, there is not enough life support machines to fill whose selected hospitals, so the other ones will not be needed ...
Anyway, biking is still legal in Poland, there are no restrictions on that.
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 @Tiez: I thought that too ... I ride way more carefully these days... But really we the bikers over populate hospitals?... I would say the opposite... By riding our bikes we do waay healthier life... most of the diseases in hospitals is die to sedentary life... drug accidents... Etc ... So go the f*ck off stupid governments!
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 @PauRexs: in times like this it is unwise and dangerous to not listen to the government. Not submitting to warnings, “I don’t care”, “I know better” is exactly what caused such big spike in Italy. I don’t agree with complete closedown this early but only because UN and WHO advise against it. I do hope more governments will forget the ratings, future political war and not crush under push of the less reasonable part of their citizens. Or resist the urge to play political games with it. Closing down a football match or a ski resort, not going to a pub is one thing. Closing down schools, important services with zero prognosis under which circumstances to restart is another. This stuff hasn’t even started yet.
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 @WAKIdesigns: Hi from Italy!

Please shut the f... up.
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 @darionollie: i guess people will heal from covid19 but they won't heal from stupidity.
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 @DavideBalbo: yeah very relevant in the case of Some
People in Northern Italy which feels so superior to South. I wonder if those who called everything south of Pad river “Africa” were the first ones to run for pasta and toilet paper.
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 @WAKIdesigns: yeah we need coordinatet action and authority but I was referring those cases gov are limiting going alone around without harming or imteracting with anyone.
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 @WAKIdesigns: you know nothing about Italy yet you keep talking, people went crazy in southern Italy like they di in Milano (which Is full of Italians from south Italy, just to let you know).
When this thing will reach your country you'll see people doing stupid things like here, panic is the same for everyone.
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It’s actually Po river but in any case yes, it all started from the North of Italy so yes, they were probably the first ones.
I don’t think it is correct to write those things if you’ re not in the situation in which Italy is. So please, stop and just go ride your bike (ride for me too as we’re not supposed to be doing that here, in ITALY)
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 @WAKIdesigns: nobody give a f*ck to Corona virus in all Europe, simply in Italy we started do check before the others. And we admitted the problem. Within two weeks more people with Corona in Germany, and I couldn't mind UK.
The Virus come from China, the world factory, it's normal that we all could get it.
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 @Alexh1983: I must back off a little... It was stupid to write it. It's not your fault politicians around the world are misusing information from Italy. Also hard to blame my family in Trentino on going ape sht... We'll see how Swedes will deal with it. I do feel stupid now... I know most of us will get it, like most of us get some sort of common flu virus every single year. I was kind of sick three times this winter. This one though will take many more people. Ahh... fk... just angry at amount of straight forward misinformation, I kind of became a part of... fk fk fk...
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 @WAKIdesigns: this is a globalist attack on the nation states. You said it yourself. The Who and the Un know better is laughable considering these are the same groups behind the spread by not quarantining the chinese sooner and allowing them to infect the planet. Btw why is no one talking about where this came from and who is responsible? And just so you aware, not everybody wants to live in the socialist dystopia that is sweden so stfu. Maybe you and Greta should get together, self isolate and leave the rest of us alone!
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Waki, that's why I love you on here, because you are willing to hold your hand up and admit when you have been misguided. Not many folks will do that.
I'm not happy about misinformation either, hence why I say collate sources and decide for yourselves. There will be way more misinformation on this subject in the coming days, weeks, months; If we are sensible and use our critical thinking, we can help cut through the bulls**t. It's going to take a lot of reading between the line to realise exactly what our "leaders" are really saying to us, all the time they do not want to cause mass panic etc; non of us do.
You know how society works and you know the strengths, the weaknesses and the breaking points. For those who can see the way this may go, well, it's up to us to try and help others deal with the realities of our current situation.
Stay Golden, Stay Waki. Beer
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 @makkman: yeah nobody, last time I checked we were accused of blind acceptance of immigrants from Syria... dystopia... did you buy all the tinfoil from your shop?

If you think the virus could have been stopped after year break you are delusional. Everyone informed knows huge part of China has virtually zero control over who eats what -.If we started eating wild bores, moose, deer like they eat cats, dogs, bats, God only knows what else, we'd be in an even bigger crap. So if you want to accuse WHO of something it is not preemptively developing vaccines towards viruses that they know are waiting to spread, and from what Michael OIsterholm said on JRE Covid-19 is a little cutie compared to what's lurking out there. And we should god damn do it in time, before something that has 20% death rate comes along. Bringing some industries back from China is not a bad idea either.

For starters folks over here can stop complaining on how much shit costs and gladly accept 20-30% increase in hobby parts (that bike parts are) if it is to be made around where you live. This should be game over for cheap sht. The amount of completely unnecessary shit being ordered from China, that China is incentivized to make is preposterous! You got to pay to play. For the lack of the better expression: "for the better good". And whoopie doo, maybe skiing is too accessible and too cheap. Maybe mass events like football and Olympics were retarded after all. Maybe an idea of a professional athlete is grossly overrated?

This virus is a wonderful example to see what actually is worth doing and owning. I seriously doubt though that we will change much as humans. The cabalities of brain wash mass culture manifested by mass events is virtually limitless.
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 @WAKIdesigns: it already happened, we dodged a huge bullet with coronavirus MERS, luck (?) had it started in a low population concentration area, had something similar started in China it would be disastrous and Bird flu H5N1 never evolved to human to human transmission...both have massive mortality rates, we have been somewhat lucky so far.
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 @WAKIdesigns: When we was full in chaos we have heard nothing from Germany and France, everything goes on, including Paris-Niece, and everybody giving kiss on Senna river. I was thinking how these things was possible considering that they are so close to Italy and we have an huge goods exchange. Some Italian are stupids and "Mafia - Pizza - Mandolino" but most of us are honest workers, and now in huge paranoia. Where I work factory actually we're working, but the phones are silent and we don't know what to do next week. We could only get help from the state with "Cassa Integrazione".
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 @Alexh1983: I think bike industry will take a huge blow, like every other hobby industry as we will taste what are the essentials we actually need.

I went to the gym. It was fairy empty. You know what was funny? It’s been only people working out hard or working on what looked like physio. All instagrammers, bicep curl folks were gone. But! This is the only gym network which didn’t close fkng group training! The hell...

We just got a directive for schools, just got an SMS that it is ok to send a kid if the sibling has runny nose and parents are not sick. A bit puzzling. Especially since they found 2 cases in senior house yesterday and that’s when The shit hits the fan...
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 @WAKIdesigns: The only good things is that Instagrammers will get hard time. We live in a stupid society, and IMHO Instagram is the sublimation of stupidity. I mean not all, but if ten years ago you found people that take self shot of them while on the toilet with lips like an ape and big silicon tits and ass larger than my chair you thinked they are idiots.. and they are. No way they can get money from this stupidity.
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 ``the countries most commonly labelled as the highest risk level for infection are: China, Iran, Italy and South Korea``...

... BY NOW!!!... considering that except Italy, none of the 3 other countries host any MTB competition, I can tell you that France, which is a big host and participant, is in a bad situation and will certainly reach the catastrophic level of Italy, so don`t expect anything good for the next weeks and months, unfortunately.
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 Ces putains d'évangélistes caused that shitstorm... I'm gone now
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 Maybe time for companies / governing bodies to just be realistic and call off / at the very least postpone (significantly) any events for the next 3 months and then make a rolling decision on the future as time goes on - 2020 is game over, we need that immunisation jab asap.
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 eBikes suck ass.
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 USA Cycling also sent out a notice today that all events are to be canceled immediately. Wonder if bootleg DH race is still happening today?
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 So no pro GRT Frown
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 Fuck that man that ate bats
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 "See my hat t'was my cat, evening wear vampire bat.". Maybe it was Mr Burns' fault.
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 Yeah, a new unknown rapidly producing virus wouldn’t have anything to do with the “Wuhan Institute of Virology”. A biological weapons research lab in Wuhan. Must have been some punk, eating bats for sure...... in a fish market?
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 This is missinformation. This desease was man made and did not come from bats. The chinese bought it from the US in 2015.
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 @makkman: actually it was Florida Man...
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 @makkman: Thanks, summary-of-youtube-videos-that-have-no-viable-sources-guy! Now we know! And knowing is half the battle! "Summary-of-youtube-videos-that-have-no-viable-sources-guy!"
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 China should be billed for all testing; expenses by each country. will the world finally wake up and unite against
the chinese communist party?
we feel deeply bad for the chinese people, especially the brave whistblowers, many have vanished.
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 Good bad news for all the athletes injured in the off season
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 Who else is going to ride the ZWIFT Enduro Series?
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 Not me. I am going out for a real bike ride.
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 Joking aside Zwift has replaced a few road events iirc - pros are doing group rides with fans in place of cancelled events. That's pretty cool in my opinion - a great way to connect with people and for now public to realise just how much fitter a pro is! I get that it won't be everyone's cup of tea here, given that mtb is not just about ftp!
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 @Skooks: actually i don't have zwift and i have no idea if there is a zwift enduro series. I just came back home from a race that was canceled due to covid-19. So at the moment it looks like the only way to compete is online, at least around here.
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 @slimboyjim: Zwift servers gonna crash
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 Protect yo neck
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 Alleycats and Tracklocross are about to become mainstream and UCI sanctioned.
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 I have 200 face masks. I would trade them for new demo, session or V10. Awaiting offers.
  • 3 0
 I'll give you 200 sheets of slightly used toilet paper.
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Before entering this auction. Define slightly used? On a scale of 1-10 (10 being total coverage both side)
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 Buy some rubbing alcohol and go ride yer bike. Wait... is it airborne???? _-_
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 So whats the TL;DR: For DH racing?
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 Loïc Bruni wins everything.
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 There'll have to be a big online rock-paper-scissors tournament to determine the winners of the Fantasy DH prizes.
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 I'm going to be riding more ☆
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 Just cancel the bloody season....
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 I still lead all Fantasy leagues Btw...
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 So glad I can get away from hearing about this trash by visiting a mountain bike website...
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