Coronavirus and MTB Events

3/11/2020 11:02 AM

The WHO has finally declared COVID-19 as a "global pandemic":

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/11/who-declares-the-coronavirus-outbreak-a-global-pandemic.html

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3/11/2020 11:52 AM

I would like to get off mr toads wild ride now.

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3/11/2020 3:27 PM

Here's an interesting read about "flattening the curve" and how canceled events can help slow the spread:

https://www.vox.com/2020/3/10/21171481/coronavirus-us-cases-quarantine-cancellation

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3/11/2020 6:48 PM

The Oklahoma Thunder and Utah Jazz are both quarantined at the OKC arena after Rudy Gobert (plays center for the Jazz) just tested positive for COVID-19. I don't think letting the riders race in a foreign country is wise considering the current situation, particularly in the Northern hemisphere.

The local government of Lousa made the right decision, imho. Postponing large gatherings, sporting events included, is definitely the best choice right now.

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3/11/2020 7:10 PM
Edited Date/Time: 3/12/2020 8:07 AM

can't believe i'm posting this, but all travel from europe to US suspended for next 30 days. UK not included, U.S. citizens not included w/ testing and other exemptions allowed.


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3/11/2020 7:32 PM

When they were prepping to quarantine Italy some residents ran and escaped the lock down now we have a full travel restriction

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3/11/2020 7:41 PM
Edited Date/Time: 3/11/2020 7:52 PM

Check out the kids website
www.ncov2019.live

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3/12/2020 4:57 PM

USA Cycling's official statement as of March 12, 2020
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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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3/12/2020 6:20 PM

And now here comes flu season in the Southern Hemisphere and the biggest original concern of the WHO and that is covid19 making its way thru out South America and Africa the spread has been slow in the south but it has been summer there so not there season yet!

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3/14/2020 10:02 AM

April 10-12 NW Cup postponed:

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3/14/2020 10:04 AM

Absa Cape Epic canceled:

Official Statement

Out of concern for the health and safety of our riders and other stakeholders, following recent advice received from the Western Cape Government, we have no choice but to cancel the 2020 Absa Cape Epic due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

Mediclinic, the event’s medical partner since inception and which provides services to many Western Cape events, supports the decision. The decision also has the full support of most of our sponsors, including our headline sponsor, Absa.

The event was due to start on Sunday March 15 on Table Mountain and end on March 22 in Paarl after travelling to Ceres, Tulbagh and Wellington.

Race founder Kevin Vermaak said: ‘I have taken this step with a heavy heart, but the health and safety of everybody involved in the event has to be paramount. ‘At 6pm today we received the formal advice from government.’

Kevin appealed for patience from all stakeholders, who will be contacted directly regarding the way forward.

If you have additional questions, please contact registration@cape-epic.com.

Thank you for your commitment and we look forward to providing you with an exceptional race experience in the future.

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3/14/2020 10:05 AM

Ray's MTB parks enforcing new measures:

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3/14/2020 4:44 PM

https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/14/health/coronavirus-asymptomatic-spread/index.html

"There is also strong evidence that it can be transmitted by people who are just mildly ill or even presymptomatic."

It looks like those temperature checks are useless in trying to contain COVID-19. We will need to change our policies for the lockdowns. People who look perfectly healthy can actually be carriers.

These event cancellations are necessary.

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3/15/2020 9:18 AM

They just ordered both Snow Summit & Bear Mountain resorts closed

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3/15/2020 10:07 AM

USAC's latest email
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USA Cycling Statement on COVID-19

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Due to the latest data on COVID-19’s spread and the healthcare system’s ability to manage this crisis, USA Cycling is recommending cancellation or postponement of all sanctioned events immediately and calling on all race and event directors, clubs, coaches, athletes, and members to postpone or cancel all scheduled races and events immediately. This includes any gatherings such as group rides, in-person group meetings, etc.

USA Cycling is suspending permits on all events through April 5th.

USA Cycling will continue to monitor and meet with partners to assess the state of this national emergency and its impact on the cycling community.

USA Cycling is taking measures within our control and asking everyone involved in this sport to protect the community so we can get back to riding and racing with everyone in good health as soon as possible.

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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3/15/2020 2:28 PM
Edited Date/Time: 3/15/2020 2:31 PM

UCI's latest official message
https://www.uci.org/inside-uci/press-releases/the-uci-takes-strong-measures-faced-with-the-development-of-the-coronavirus
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The UCI takes strong measures faced with the development of the coronavirus
Mar 15, 2020, 12:49 PM

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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3/16/2020 6:43 AM

TDF will not be happening this go-round. The UCI press release all but says as much given potentially having sustained travel restrictions; likelihood strains of the virus keep monitored for A,B,C type identifiers like Flu haven't been addressed because there's no vaccine yet, which blows tartar sauce.
Great Year for Trailwork, if you've got a place to do it.

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3/16/2020 4:25 PM

Is anyone else concerned that if the racing season is pushed back into November that we will see a delay to Team Rumours? Not sure I can cope with that.

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3/16/2020 4:43 PM

harwox wrote:

Is anyone else concerned that if the racing season is pushed back into November that we will see a delay to Team Rumours? Not sure I can cope with that.

In an overabundance of caution I say they're on! If we can't have a season, we can at least make up some roumours.

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3/16/2020 6:23 PM
Edited Date/Time: 3/16/2020 6:25 PM

cycling banned in italy and spain
http://cycling.today/italy-and-spain-ban-cycling-completely/

excerpts from article
After the Italian government banned cycling outdoors last week, not even for recreational purposes, all cycling has been prohibited in Spain as well.

Professional cyclists living in Girona heading out for training rides were told to return home. Cyclists in other parts of Spain were being advised they will not be allowed to ride during the state of alarm.

If the journey is not for food or medical supplies, riders could face a €3,000 penalty, according to several sources.

Spanish health authorities are urging cyclists to stay at home not only because of the threat of infection, but rather the risk of putting additional stresses in case of an accident on an already over-burdened healthcare system.

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3/17/2020 11:47 AM


Pan American downhill championship is officially postponed!
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#goADHV

3/18/2020 6:27 PM
Edited Date/Time: 3/20/2020 12:07 AM

This really sucks right

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3/20/2020 9:49 AM

This press release from the organizers of the XC World Cup in Nove Mesto includes unofficial indications that Losinj is completely cancelled and Maribor likely postponed:
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Press Release: Nove Mesto

Difficult situation that our country and the whole world is nowadays going through is logically reflected in the mountain bike world. What is the current status of the planned overture of the MTB Cross Country World Cup in the Czech Republic?

Latest news from the International Cycling Union (UCI) suggest that we should follow local government regulations when organizing races, which is logical. The same resources also indicate that so far, only those cycling events scheduled for March or April have been officially cancelled or re-scheduled to another date. All events planned in May, including our World Cup in Nové Město, are still indicated to take place as planned (May 22-24 in our case).

However, organizers of other World Cup venues have already announced opposite votes: for example, the organizers of the DH World Cup in Maribor, Slovenia (scheduled for May 2-3) admit that the event is unrealistic under current conditions, they are looking for a substitute date. Another DH WC event, which was scheduled to take place in Lošinj, Croatia (May 9-10), has even completely abandoned the event: main partners of the OC - the local tourist office and accommodation providers - withdrew from the event because of a realistic (= bad) forecast for the upcoming tourism season. The search for a potential substitute term was therefore no longer relevant here. On the contrary, the organizers of the DH WC from Fort William, Scotland, still believe that their part of the series will take place as scheduled (June 6-7), at least they expressed so through their communication channels.

We also monitor other cultural, sporting and social events, both in the Czech Republic and abroad. The situation is very difficult to predict and changes every day. We collect all important information from our country and report them to the UCI representatives on a weekly basis. Even though that our episode of the WC series is scheduled for more than two months from today and we hope to see it happen in its original timeframe, the likelihood that this will go as planned decreases day by day. Therefore, we have set a decisive date: April 20, 2020. If we’ll have a clear statement from the Czech government and UCI by this date that the event can take place in the original date, we will go ahead with preparations.

It is important to look at this situation from the perspective of participants from all over the world. Even if the coronavirus pandemic was eliminated and kept under control in the Czech Republic, it would depend on global developments whether the event could take place or not. UCI will have to decide in order to allow as many regular participants as possible to take part, while none of the national federations to be disadvantaged (for example, because its competitors cannot travel to the event because of international travel restrictions). Therefore, we are also talking about potential "substitute" date for our event. Due to this year's specific racing calendar (mainly thanks to the Olympics in August) there are several dates available in September or October that could fit into updated racing schedule quite well. Let’s see what the next few weeks bring.

In the meantime, we wish everyone to stay strong and positive and we hope to meet with all of you again soon.

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3/20/2020 10:21 AM

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3/20/2020 10:40 AM

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3/20/2020 1:39 PM

ESC sticking to schedule as planned with 3 changes as of now...

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3/20/2020 7:22 PM

The EWS postpones Round 3 as well...

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Rounds 1, 2 & 3 of EWS Postponed

The Enduro World Series (EWS) has announced that round three has been added to the list of races postponed in an effort to help contain the global spread of Covid-19 (coronavirus).

Round one scheduled to take place in Manizales, Colombia at the end of the month has been moved to the weekend of 6-7 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. Round three in Montagnes Du Caroux, France which was due to take place on May 23-24 will now be held on the weekend of October 3-4.

Chris Ball, Managing Director of the Enduro World Series, said: “In order to best protect all staff, riders, fans and act in the most responsible way possible in the world's current situation, we have made the decision to postpone our first three rounds. We hope the early decision of these date change helps to remove stress from a situation that is causing us all a great deal of difficulty. We look forward to getting our season started later in the year and thank all of our partners and staff for their support in these challenging times. ”

Speaking from Colombia, round one Race Director Jorge Mario Jaramillo said: "The planet faces a fairly delicate health situation. This situation has globally affected multiple massive events, mainly sports. For the global well-being of athletes and spectators, and for recommendations of local, national and world authorities it is out of our hands and we have no choice but to delay the EWS Manizales. The party is postponed! "

And round two Race Director Ignacio Barboas added: “We as Montenbaik see this as an opportunity since we will have the last race of the year of the Enduro World Series. This gives us more time to surprise everyone even more with the best trails and a high-level event. "

More details about the postponed races will be available in the coming days on www.enduroworldseries.com

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3/21/2020 12:10 AM

Just want to know if Whistler will be open in the summer tbh🤞

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3/21/2020 1:18 AM

I wouldn't be surprised if the postponements go all the way to Jamnica with how things are turning out. But that would basically mean the whole season gets thrown out the door.

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3/21/2020 9:29 AM

Sure is peaceful though

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