Coronavirus and MTB Events

3/22/2020 2:03 PM

Originally postponed, the Tapei Cycle show has been canceled entirely.

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"To comply with the government’s policy and to put people’s health as top priority, TAITRA, the show’s organizer, has made the difficult decision to cancel the May edition. To meet the industries’ needs, Taipei Cycle and TaiSPO will still offer online trade meetings & an online exhibition in May. Further details will be announced shortly.

Walter Yeh, the President and CEO of TAITRA said: “We respectfully apologize for the inconvenience incurred surrounding the cancellation of the 2020 TAIPEI CYCLE show. We have decided to put people's concerns, health and well being ahead of the prosperity of the show and will return once we can guarantee the safe and inclusive environment we have always provided to the global cycling industry."

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3/23/2020 12:59 PM

The 2020 Olympic Games have been officially postponed according to numerous sources, including the New York Post

No dates have been announced but the buzz around the internet seems to be the games will be pushed out a full year, to 2021.

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3/23/2020 1:15 PM

Makes sense, considering what an olympic gold medalist who is on the rebound from the virus has said:
https://nypost.com/2020/03/22/olympic-swimmer-describes-his-battle-with-coronavirus-worst-ive-ever-endured/

In a local post about it it's written he said there's no chance to recover and get back into shape before the (original) start of the Games if you get sick now. Let alone in a month or two.

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3/24/2020 6:03 AM

Fort William World Cup has been cancelled.

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3/24/2020 8:17 AM

This is some pretty cool news: Santini, the company that manufactures the rainbow jerseys for the UCI, has halted jersey production and has shifted gears to manufacture reusable face masks. They are still undergoing testing for approval in hospital settings but if approved, this could alleviate some of the shortage we are seeing. The bonus is because the material they are using can be sterilized at high temps, the masks would be reusable.

Full article HERE

In a time of toilet paper hoarding, it's pretty great to see people step up and do something to help with the tools they have.

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3/24/2020 9:50 PM

The Only Proper thing. Well Done.

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4/1/2020 11:19 PM

Crankworx Innsbruck delayed until September:
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WHISTLER, B.C. April 1, 2020 - With a few months to go until the next scheduled Crankworx World Tour stop, we have been hoping for the best while monitoring the situation and making sure an alternate line choice was mapped out.

In light of the unfolding situation of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic around the globe, our international Crankworx team, along with the local organizing committee, has now made the decision to postpone Crankworx Innsbruck, originally scheduled for June 10-14.

Crankworx Innsbruck 2020 will now take place September 30-October 4.

“We have been monitoring the situation closely with our colleagues in Austria,” said Crankworx General Manager Darren Kinnaird. “We’ve decided the most prudent course of action will be to make alternate arrangements for Crankworx Innsbruck. There are so many people who contribute to the success of our festivals, including athletes, media, sponsors, and fans. Their health is our #1 priority. We considered all these stakeholders when choosing the new dates, mindful of the fact that the fall event calendar is filling up as many other events are forced to postpone alongside us. Looking at the calendar in Innsbruck, this was our best option based on venue availability and accommodation. We want to thank everyone for their patience and understanding during these challenging times. For now, we’re focusing on the future – we can’t wait to put on a great show in Innsbruck come September.”

Speaking from Innsbruck, Georg Spazier, head of the organizing team behind Crankworx Innsbruck said: “The decision certainly wasn't an easy one. After three hugely successful years we didn't want to disappoint the athletes, fans, media, volunteers and everyone else involved in the event. That's why we have decided to postpone Crankworx Innsbruck until the autumn. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our partners and sponsors – first and foremost Innsbruck Tourism – for supporting us in these exceptional circumstances and helping ensure a spectacular conclusion to the Crankworx World Tour. I also want to thank all the Crankworx fans for their patience. We look forward to seeing you again soon in Innsbruck!"

All tickets purchased so far will remain valid for the new date.

Crankworx Whistler is still set to go ahead as scheduled, August 5-16, 2020.

Until then, let’s all focus on our own health and safety, and that of our friends, family and colleagues, in the hopes that we’ll soon be able to get back to the things we love and live for.

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4/2/2020 6:23 AM

BHowell wrote:

This is some pretty cool news: Santini, the company that manufactures the rainbow jerseys for the UCI, has halted jersey production and has shifted gears to manufacture reusable face masks. They are still undergoing testing for approval in hospital settings but if approved, this could alleviate some of the shortage we are seeing. The bonus is because the material they are using can be sterilized at high temps, the masks would be reusable.

Full article HERE

In a time of toilet paper hoarding, it's pretty great to see people step up and do something to help with the tools they have.

that implies autoclave sterilization, which the majority of hospitals are already equipped to do.

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4/7/2020 8:28 PM
Edited Date/Time: 4/8/2020 7:56 AM

It just occurred to me that all those dorks that bought Buffs are laughing at us right now.

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4/8/2020 12:42 AM

Why dorks? While i bought a cheap unbranded knockoff off aliexpress, it's a really useful thing to have for winter riding (on the head going up, over the neck going down with a thicker skullcap on the head) or for skiing (over the neck).

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4/8/2020 1:34 AM

Big Bird wrote:

It just occurred to me that all those dorks that bought Buffs are laughing at us right now.

How would you know?

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4/8/2020 9:04 AM

Lost and Found gravel race cancelled with no refunds or credits!

Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship keeping potentially $200,000 in entry fees for an event that is not happening.

Thoughts?

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4/8/2020 10:07 AM

It appears to be a bit scummy, no doubt, but on the other hand probably a chunk of that money already went towards organising the race as well.

It's a tough situation.

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4/8/2020 10:13 AM

Big Bird wrote:

It just occurred to me that all those dorks that bought Buffs are laughing at us right now.

I was laughing, then I read this...
https://www.outsideonline.com/2411426/buff-bandana-face-mask-effectiveness

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