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Coronavirus and MTB Events

3/10/2020 11:54 AM
Edited Date/Time: 3/12/2020 5:00 PM

I've changed the title of the thread to include all general Coronavirus news we get (it started as a thread about the Lousa World Cup DH being canceled).

Update March 12, 2020 - USA Cycling's official statement
USA Cycling Statement on COVID-19

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Cycling promotes bike racing and riding in every form, but safety is their number one priority. In light of COVID-19 and concerns for the well-being of the community, USA Cycling is working to bring all athletes, coaches, and support staff back to the United States from locations abroad. Additionally, they have curtailed international travel for staff and teams and have asked personnel to work from home.

The health and safety of athletes, coaches, staff, members, and the broader cycling community is USA Cycling’s primary concern and they are monitoring the outbreak COVID-19 closely. They remain in close contact with the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), as well as our local health authorities in Colorado for guidance and instruction.

Due to the wide-ranging events and jurisdictions involved, USA Cycling is not preemptively requiring the postponement or cancellation of any American events. Event organizers should work with their local government agencies and health providers to determine the risk associated with their event. USA Cycling policies and regulations never override civil laws, regulations, or policies.

Organizers who are concerned their event will be impacted should contact their USA Cycling Event Service Coordinator or Event Service Regional Manager, all of whom are prepared to assist in the case that events need to be postponed or cancelled.

At this time the 2020 USA Cycling Collegiate BMX National Championship, scheduled for April 4-5, has been postponed due to bans on public gatherings. We are working with USA BMX to reschedule. The 2020 USA Cycling Para-Road and Collegiate Road National Championship is taking place as scheduled. We will modify qualification requirements for Collegiate Road Nationals to address conference race cancellations. As of this time, we are continuing as planned with the remainder of the 2020 National Championship schedule.

Please check our social media channels or the USA Cycling website for updates on all National Championship events. For all other events, please visit the event channels directly, as decisions to postpone or cancel will be made by event promoters.

For more information, contact Bouker Pool at bpool@usacycling.org

ABOUT USA CYCLING (usacycling.org)

USA Cycling is a proud member of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC). Within the United States, USA Cycling is the national governing body for the sport of cycling and oversees the disciplines of road, track, mountain bike, cyclocross, and BMX. With a mission to develop the sport of cycling in the United States and to achieve sustained international racing success, USA Cycling supports cyclists at all levels, from those just beginning in the sport and participating in fun rides to seasoned professionals. The organization not only identifies, develops, and selects cyclists to represent the United States in international competition, but also supports amateur bike racing through grassroots development programs and the provision of critical infrastructure to run organized racing.

USA Cycling is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2020. In 1920, the organization began as The Amateur Bicycle League of America and evolved to become the United States Cycling Federation in 1975 and ultimately USA Cycling, Inc. in 1995. USA Cycling's 100,000+ members are comprised of racers and cyclists of all ages and abilities, coaches, officials, mechanics, and race directors.
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Update 3.11.20 10:57am mtn time - EWS rounds 1 & 2 moved to November
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from EWS
Colombia and Chile will take place later this year

The Enduro World Series (EWS) has announced that the first two rounds of the 2020 season in Colombia and Chile have been postponed in an effort to help contain the global spread of Covid-19 (coronavirus).

Round one scheduled to take place in Manizales, Colombia on March 27 -28 and round two that was due to take place on April 4-5 in Farellones, Chile will now take place later in the year."

"Round one scheduled to take place in Manizales, Colombia at the end of the month has been moved to the weekend of 7-8 November whilst round two that was due to take place on April 4-5 in Farellones, Chile will now take place on 14-15 November 2020."
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Update 3.10.20 3:00am mtn time - official release from UCI
2020 Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup:
postponement of round in Lousã, Portugal

Due to the current pneumonia epidemic (Covid-19) linked to the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), which has
also affected Portugal in recent days, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) must announce that the
opening round of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup which was to take place at
Louzanpark in Lousã on 21 and 22 March will not take place on the scheduled dates.
The UCI fully supports the decision taken by the Lousã local authorities and the Montanha Clube to
reschedule the event based on the instructions made on 3 March by the Portuguese public health
authorities. In light of the current situation, the running of the event would have potentially presented a
health risk to riders, to everyone involved in the event and to fans, and could have contributed to the
spread of Covid-19.

The new date of the event will be announced by the UCI after consultation with the organising committee
and the country’s health authorities, taking into account the overall calendar of the series and depending
on the evolution of the spread of the coronavirus worldwide and in Portugal.
The UCI would like to thank the city of Lousã and the Montanha Clube for their cooperation in this difficult
situation, as well as the riders, teams and all parties involved for their understanding.

Update 3.10.20 4:02pm mtn time - Pinkbike is saying they have word from UCI that race is postponed.

Update 3.10.20 3:29pm mtn time - city of Lousa suspending events in march and early april
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this just in via email
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The UCI still hasn't responded to any emails, but it seems Lousa has made a decision today

The municipal website for the town has made a statement (translated from Portuguese):

Following the latest developments regarding COVID-19 and the measures enacted by the General Health Directorate, the Municipality of Lousã, after meeting the Municipal Civil Protection Commission and complying with its Contingency Plan, decided to put in place additional measures to better prevent the transmission of the virus in the community, namely:

»Municipal Swimming Pools: suspension of all teaching activities carried out by the Lousã School Group, classes at the Municipal Swimming School and the“ Lousã a Mexer Mais ”Project;

Suspension of all initiatives organized by the Municipality during the month of March and the beginning of April, namely: (and then it goes into list below)

The original page in Portuguese can be found here

Included in the list of activities is the World Cup.
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Original post, 3.10.20 1:18pm
here's the translation from this MTB-news.de article
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In the past few days there have been numerous event cancellations due to the increasing spread of the corona virus. A letter published today by the Portuguese Ministry of Health now suggests that the first Downhill World Cup of the year, which is scheduled to take place in Lousa, Portugal, will be canceled. Among other things, the official guidelines stipulate that indoor events with over 1,000 visitors and outdoor events with over 5,000 visitors will be canceled by early April. An official confirmation of the cancellation by the UCI or the organizer is still pending. It is also theoretically conceivable to hold the competition in private. In view of the current developments, an official cancellation would come as no surprise. So far, the UCI has been reluctant to make a decision and has always pointed out that planned events will take place, provided there are no restrictions imposed by the region in which the competition is to be held.

To the extent that it is believed that mass events can help increase the spread of infections, with priority given to protecting public health, the following guidelines are established: (…) Regardless of the above guidelines (which apply to indoor -Event events, editor's note), all events that take place outdoors and which involve more than 5,000 people should be postponed or canceled.

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3/10/2020 12:14 PM

dean lucas knows something we don't

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Well that’s a real bummer.. looks like the first World Cup is Lousã has been cancelled due to the coronavirus 😥😭

A post shared by Dean Lucas (@deanos_machineos) on

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3/10/2020 12:42 PM

another update via email
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Still no answer from UCI. Here is a link to current news - the important line is:

The Directorate-General for Health announced on Sunday the suspension of activities in all leisure or cultural establishments in the municipalities of Lousada and Felgueiras, in the district of Porto.

This is about 150 km north of where the World Cup is. In the town of Coimbra (next to Lousa), the hospital facilities are closed to all outside persons.

https://www.theportugalnews.com/news/covid-19-portugal-update/53282

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3/10/2020 12:49 PM

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3/10/2020 12:52 PM

This would be very very sad

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3/10/2020 1:00 PM

It appears as though other sporting events around the world are still taking place in their original venues but without an audience. They are then being shared via television or live stream. Provided the riders/teams are willing to travel, this could be an option for World Cups?

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3/10/2020 1:05 PM

bturman wrote:

It appears as though other sporting events around the world are still taking place in their original venues but without an audience. They are then being shared via television or live stream. Provided the riders/teams are willing to travel, this could be an option for World Cups?

agreed. the one note above mentions hospitals closed to outside people. that'd be rough for a WC DH race.

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3/10/2020 1:06 PM

I have a reliable source that it’s cancelled by the Portuguese government no WC1

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3/10/2020 1:31 PM

sspomer wrote:

agreed. the one note above mentions hospitals closed to outside people. that'd be rough for a WC DH race.

i read that italian hospitals are at double capacity, so this isn't surprising. plus all elective procedures cancelled.

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3/10/2020 1:45 PM

Any news on the ews????

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3/10/2020 1:53 PM
Edited Date/Time: 3/10/2020 1:54 PM

We aren't taking any precaution in the U.S. so you all might as well just plan on, and sign up for the Pro GRT, DHSE and ESC. #USDH Such a bummer

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3/10/2020 2:03 PM

Since I was planning on hitting my first WC in Ft. William on a trip though scotland, hopefully the series isn't cancelled. Although i doubt not even this virus will want to bother with the people of northern scotland lol.

On the flip side of it, if some world cup event get canned, maybe this is a chance for local races to get more coverage and higher level competition if everyone ends up staying home for the summer. I'd love to see more National races everywhere get more coverage and maybe a spotlight on some more riders.

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3/10/2020 2:09 PM

sspomer wrote:

dean lucas knows something we don't

View this post on Instagram

Well that’s a real bummer.. looks like the first World Cup is Lousã has been cancelled due to the coronavirus 😥😭

A post shared by Dean Lucas (@deanos_machineos) on

What if we all pitch in for a shipping container full of toilet paper and send it to the venue?

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3/10/2020 2:24 PM
Edited Date/Time: 3/10/2020 2:28 PM

this just in via email
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The UCI still hasn't responded to any emails, but it seems Lousa has made a decision today

The municipal website for the town has made a statement (translated from Portuguese):

Following the latest developments regarding COVID-19 and the measures enacted by the General Health Directorate, the Municipality of Lousã, after meeting the Municipal Civil Protection Commission and complying with its Contingency Plan, decided to put in place additional measures to better prevent the transmission of the virus in the community, namely:

»Municipal Swimming Pools: suspension of all teaching activities carried out by the Lousã School Group, classes at the Municipal Swimming School and the“ Lousã a Mexer Mais ”Project;

Suspension of all initiatives organized by the Municipality during the month of March and the beginning of April, namely: (and then it goes into list below)

The original page in Portuguese can be found here

Included in the list of activities is the World Cup.
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screenshot from that page
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3/10/2020 2:33 PM

sspomer wrote:

this just in via email
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The UCI still hasn't responded to any emails, but it seems Lousa has made a decision today

The municipal website for the town has made a statement (translated from Portuguese):

Following the latest developments regarding COVID-19 and the measures enacted by the General Health Directorate, the Municipality of Lousã, after meeting the Municipal Civil Protection Commission and complying with its Contingency Plan, decided to put in place additional measures to better prevent the transmission of the virus in the community, namely:

»Municipal Swimming Pools: suspension of all teaching activities carried out by the Lousã School Group, classes at the Municipal Swimming School and the“ Lousã a Mexer Mais ”Project;

Suspension of all initiatives organized by the Municipality during the month of March and the beginning of April, namely: (and then it goes into list below)

The original page in Portuguese can be found here

Included in the list of activities is the World Cup.
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screenshot from that page
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Dude at least read what you are posting. Yes the World cup is on that list but not as an order but as a recommendation. I get that panic gets clicks to the site but this is BS. So yes it's included in the list but it is not said to be banned yet and currently UCI only cancels events if local municipalities tell them to ban. Paris Nice is still happening just without spectators in start/finish areas.

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3/10/2020 2:35 PM
Edited Date/Time: 3/10/2020 2:38 PM

i've never said anything is "banned." just posting what's coming through the pipes. that list does say "suspended" which means not happening on the march 19-22 dates, right?

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3/10/2020 2:45 PM

fuchsia-bike saying they have confirmed its postponed

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3/10/2020 2:56 PM

The municipal news in portuguese say that some events are cancelled (first half of the list) but the second part of the list (on which the WC is included) says that they recommend the organizers of those events to postpone said events.
Bummer if it gets canceled, had everything booked to be there...

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3/10/2020 2:59 PM

sspomer wrote:

i've never said anything is "banned." just posting what's coming through the pipes. that list does say "suspended" which means not happening on the march 19-22 dates, right?

The list says the Mayor RECOMMENDS a suspension. Can't you just read what you are posting? this is being lazy. The key part is:
It was also decided to recommend to the organizing entities the postponement of the following events:

Those are 2 lists. List #1 = confirmed cancelled shit. List #2 = The mayor kinda asks you to postpone so it looks like it's not his decision.

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3/10/2020 3:01 PM

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(sorry, can't help myself...what are we going to do w/o the race?!) hearing postponed for now too. i'm skeptical travel ban is sorted by early april. also EWS is early april. what then? conflict?
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3/10/2020 3:30 PM
Edited Date/Time: 3/10/2020 3:38 PM

i didn't see the translation halfway down the calendar list. fair enough. they recommended, and as confirmed, it IS postponed.

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3/10/2020 5:12 PM

I see the rebirth of the backyard pump track! What else could possibly happen with a mountain biker under quarantine? But you're supposed to be inside. Damn. Quality staring and planning time?

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3/10/2020 6:41 PM

Morbid humor perhaps. But it's what I'm good at. #DigTracks

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3/10/2020 8:21 PM

Fokk ebikes

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Trouble Maker. Here to spit truth in the form of sarcasm.

3/10/2020 9:06 PM

I interviewed Steve Peat this past Friday for a journalism class I'm in. I asked him if he thought the 2020 World Cup season would be affected by Corona. He basically said that he was keeping a close eye on it, he cited Sea Otter and some other big races in the UK being canceled. He said he could see some things happening but hoped not.

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3/11/2020 3:20 AM

Official statement from the UCI:

Due to the current pneumonia epidemic (Covid-19) linked to the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), which has also affected Portugal in recent days, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) must announce that the opening round of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup which was to take place at Louzanpark in Lousã on 21 and 22 March will not take place on the scheduled dates.

The UCI fully supports the decision taken by the Lousã local authorities and the Montanha Clube to reschedule the event based on the instructions made on 3 March by the Portuguese public health authorities. In light of the current situation, the running of the event would have potentially presented a health risk to riders, to everyone involved in the event and to fans, and could have contributed to the spread of Covid-19.

The new date of the event will be announced by the UCI after consultation with the organising committee and the country’s health authorities, taking into account the overall calendar of the series and depending on the evolution of the spread of the coronavirus worldwide and in Portugal.

The UCI would like to thank the city of Lousã and the Montanha Clube for their cooperation in this difficult situation, as well as the riders, teams and all parties involved for their understanding.

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3/11/2020 5:04 AM

norbar wrote:

Dude at least read what you are posting. Yes the World cup is on that list but not as an order but as a recommendation. I get that panic gets clicks to the site but this is BS. So yes it's included in the list but it is not said to be banned yet and currently UCI only cancels events if local municipalities tell them to ban. Paris Nice is still happening just without spectators in start/finish areas.

can you read portuguese? All canceled...

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3/11/2020 10:00 AM

EWS Rd 1 and 2 postponed too.

"Colombia and Chile will take place later this year

The Enduro World Series (EWS) has announced that the first two rounds of the 2020 season in Colombia and Chile have been postponed in an effort to help contain the global spread of Covid-19 (coronavirus).

Round one scheduled to take place in Manizales, Colombia on March 27 -28 and round two that was due to take place on April 4-5 in Farellones, Chile will now take place later in the year."

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"Round one scheduled to take place in Manizales, Colombia at the end of the month has been moved to the weekend of 7-8 November whilst round two that was due to take place on April 4-5 in Farellones, Chile will now take place on 14-15 November 2020."

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MRP - VP of Business Dev.

3/11/2020 10:28 AM

Here is a link to the official announcement on the Enduro World site: https://www.enduroworldseries.com/news/1422-rounds-one-and-two-postponed/

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3/11/2020 10:44 AM
Edited Date/Time: 3/11/2020 10:47 AM

If you all think it’s bad right now, just wait for 30 days the shit is about to hit the fan

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