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8/5/2021 3:45 PM

so a letter from the Mountain Bike Photographers Association came through today, and it looks like the snowshoe world cup will be *interesting* with attendance of both athletes and media if any of what's noted below holds true.

without a team to petition someone as essential, getting to snowshoe without a 14-day quarantine means racing is cut short or won't happen at all depending on the tail end of the european rounds/world champs. racers on trade teams should be fine, but privateers may be hosed? media aren't listed as essential (team photogs, video etc). ahh, more crazy times. US privateers, get over there for your best result ever???

-----------letter from MBPA passed on today--------------
Hi Everyone,

First, if you have not done so, registration is open for the world championships, as well as the Lenzerheide World Cup - which requires everyone to get a ticket (even those with Rainbow Passes).

Now, onto a more difficult situation - the Snowshoe World Cup. As you are likely aware, the U.S. border is closed to most visitors, and to everyone who has been in the Schengen region within 14 days prior of their visit. This means that anyone attending the Worlds would not be able to attend the first DH round at Snowshoe, and if you attended Lenzerheide you would not be able to attend either round at Snowshoe.

The organizer has begun working with teams to arrange NIEs (National Interest Exemption). Teams will submit a form that the organizer will then submit to the U.S. State Department with the assistance of the USOPC (Olympic Committee). The link to the form is:

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=T7JDuzkR2UuCHGzruZoWzwliWGhegixJvn-82ssftFNUMVhJSEhXTThJWU5YQkI1VFpUQVdQVjBBVS4u

This needs to be filled out by the team and submitted.

However, nowhere does this include members of the media (since we cannot be considered as athletes or support staff). MBPA member Armin Küstenbrück has been attempting to get answers from the organizers and UCI, but has not received any information that will help members of the press apply for NIE - which appear to be the only way to avoid the Schengen region ban. The UCI says that this is 'specific to the organiser', so they can't help.

One potential option is to see if you can be included as part of a team organization - maybe as a media officer or public relations /communications officer. However, you need to find a team that is willing to submit the form on your behalf.

We will try to look for potential solutions to this issue, but you should be aware of it and make arrangements accordingly. If anyone does have a solution, please pass it on.
------------end of letter-----------------

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8/5/2021 3:55 PM

🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬

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8/5/2021 6:37 PM

Gonna be watching this race from everyone's Instagram account, apparently.

Or it'll be Sven running the show.

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8/5/2021 6:49 PM

I'm sure the UCI will snap into action and create a 50 rider privateer "team" and get it submitted with plenty of time to spare.

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8/5/2021 7:09 PM

Ugh. I'm volunteering for the first round, might have plenty of time to mingle with all 5 riders...

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8/5/2021 9:40 PM
Edited Date/Time: 8/6/2021 12:44 AM

If we look further to 2022, the first 3 rounds EWS starts in Tasmainia and New Zealand require 2 weeks hotel quaratine for all athletes, staff and photographers.
Australia and NZ have a travel bubble meaning that you don't require quaratine between both countries, but that only depends on the covid stituation between (Aust) states. for example, a state with classified hot spots of covid in the communtiy are lockout out of the bubble till there is 0 cases for a number of weeks.

Only added pressure to the rising air travel cost of getting there and the cost of quaratine (paid by you).

So far Australia has lost the F1GP, motoGP and Tennis Open tour, all due to the rules applied.
Hopefully This have changed by the this time next year.

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8/5/2021 11:02 PM

smelly wrote:

Gonna be watching this race from everyone's Instagram account, apparently.

Or it'll be Sven running the show.

I mean.... Isn't Sven already running the show?!

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8/6/2021 1:30 AM

SlalomSlayer wrote:

If we look further to 2022, the first 3 rounds EWS starts in Tasmainia and New Zealand require 2 weeks hotel quaratine for all ...more

Unfortunately they won’t change so I think you can guess what the outcome for those races will be

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8/6/2021 3:23 AM

Jrp wrote:

Unfortunately they won’t change so I think you can guess what the outcome for those races will be

I've a trip booked for Tassie at the end of September to ride bikes, looking sketchy right now and I'm in Australia.

I can imagine a scenario though where all the pro's do quarantine in NZ for two weeks, ride all summer there and do the EWS in Tas quarantine free. Two weeks quarantine, dodging the European winter and riding NZ for a few months sounds pretty sweet to me if I was in a spot to do it...

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8/6/2021 5:38 AM

My wife and I were about to book flights to go to Snowshoe (from out West). This could be very interesting....

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8/6/2021 6:56 AM

The borders are closed to European cyclists and camera crews but Slow Biden has millions of undocumented, unvaccinated freaks drooling in every day. What a bunch of sleazy perverts in D.C.

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8/6/2021 7:04 AM

Shishka wrote:

The borders are closed to European cyclists and camera crews but Slow Biden has millions of undocumented, unvaccinated freaks ...more

Yo dude, gullible is written on the ceiling

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8/6/2021 7:10 AM
Edited Date/Time: 8/6/2021 7:15 AM

Shishka wrote:

The borders are closed to European cyclists and camera crews but Slow Biden has millions of undocumented, unvaccinated freaks ...more

Gemmaflybeta wrote:

Yo dude, gullible is written on the ceiling

Yes there are way too many sheep buying this turd sandwich Slow Biden is serving.

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8/6/2021 8:51 AM

This is a fact of life now. You are not going to be able to slam schedules anymore. 2022 schedules will have to adapt to allow more space between races.

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8/6/2021 8:53 AM

sspomer wrote:

so a letter from the Mountain Bike Photographers Association came through today, and it looks like the snowshoe world cup will ...more

@sspomer I was going to make the trip out there to shoot as a spectator. Are you getting the feeling like that would be a wasted effort?

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8/6/2021 8:55 AM

I’ve never taken a good action shot but will try my best.

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8/6/2021 8:57 AM

Also: are we all walking around pretending we’ve been using “schengen region” this whole time?

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8/6/2021 8:58 AM

sspomer wrote:

so a letter from the Mountain Bike Photographers Association came through today, and it looks like the snowshoe world cup will ...more

derelict wrote:

@sspomer I was going to make the trip out there to shoot as a spectator. Are you getting the feeling like that would be a ...more

going to a world cup is never a wasted effort : )

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8/6/2021 9:05 AM

Shishka wrote:

The borders are closed to European cyclists and camera crews but Slow Biden has millions of undocumented, unvaccinated freaks ...more

turn the OANN off for a day or two this is a biking forum

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8/6/2021 9:28 AM

sspomer wrote:

so a letter from the Mountain Bike Photographers Association came through today, and it looks like the snowshoe world cup will ...more

derelict wrote:

@sspomer I was going to make the trip out there to shoot as a spectator. Are you getting the feeling like that would be a ...more

sspomer wrote:

going to a world cup is never a wasted effort : )

No doubt. I was out there shooting the DHSE race and everything was totally fine. Granted, that is a smaller crew but there were a lot of riders out. The room rates are already nuts. Could be a long day trip...

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8/6/2021 3:57 PM
Edited Date/Time: 8/7/2021 12:17 AM

Go to Mexico and then travel to WV. Travelling from Mexico to USA is easy, just need a negative Covid test 3 days prior to flying into the US. Fly to Cancun, get tested asap, then enjoy some beach vibes for 3 days, post your test results and all clear! That's assuming Mexico doesn't have any restrictions on travelers coming in from Europe, which I'm not sure of. Maybe?

If that's doesn't work, if it's as easy to hop the border as Shiska noted, then bunny hop the wall and shred on to West by God.

Regardless. Looking forward to being there in Sept! Hopefully this doesn't hold up the athletes as hard as it sounds for media.

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8/6/2021 4:05 PM

SlalomSlayer wrote:

If we look further to 2022, the first 3 rounds EWS starts in Tasmainia and New Zealand require 2 weeks hotel quaratine for all ...more

Jrp wrote:

Unfortunately they won’t change so I think you can guess what the outcome for those races will be

Bob Chicken wrote:

I've a trip booked for Tassie at the end of September to ride bikes, looking sketchy right now and I'm in Australia.

I can ...more

There is no way the Tassy EWS will happen, cannonball won't happen either.

Our series in NSW/QLD got canned the other day too.

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8/7/2021 4:14 AM

Jrp wrote:

Unfortunately they won’t change so I think you can guess what the outcome for those races will be

Bob Chicken wrote:

I've a trip booked for Tassie at the end of September to ride bikes, looking sketchy right now and I'm in Australia.

I can ...more

brash wrote:

There is no way the Tassy EWS will happen, cannonball won't happen either.

Our series in NSW/QLD got canned the other day ...more

Such a bummer. Is the SEQ series still pretty sweet?

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8/9/2021 5:59 AM

Shishka wrote:

The borders are closed to European cyclists and camera crews but Slow Biden has millions of undocumented, unvaccinated freaks ...more

@Shiska

Oh, there you go, got to bring facts into this situation.

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8/9/2021 6:00 AM

pnwshredr wrote:

Go to Mexico and then travel to WV. Travelling from Mexico to USA is easy, just need a negative Covid test 3 days prior to ...more

Wait, if I cross the border illegally, I can still vote...right? I mean, I would love to vote for someone, anyone in another nation's elections....

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