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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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4/13/2020 10:09 AM

USA Cycling extends postponement of permits for events until May 31
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With the continuing national emergency, USA Cycling will extend its suspension of all issued permits for sanctioned events – including USA Cycling races, rides, camps, and clinics – through May 31, 2020.

USA Cycling is currently working with our stakeholders, event organizers, and medical experts to develop guidelines and best practices to assist in keeping participants, event staff, volunteers, and the communities where we hold our events as safe as possible once riding and racing resumes.

We continue to call on all event directors, clubs, coaches, athletes, and members to follow the guidelines and regulations issued by national, state, and local authorities on social distancing and prohibited activities. This includes forgoing gatherings such as group rides and any other group or team activities where people assemble.

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4/13/2020 2:55 PM

E.T. wrote:

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?

Pretty rough situation for both groups. Hopefully they can offer a discounted price for the race in the future or something along those lines

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4/14/2020 10:36 AM

The Vallnord, Andorra UCI World Cup has been canceled in its entirety. As of today, this means the first DH World Cup of the year will take place in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada on August 22-23.

XC World Cup races may start one week earlier in Lenzerheide, Switzerland on August 15-16.

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UCI Press Release

Due to the current pneumonia pandemic (Covid-19) linked to the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) must announce that the sixth round of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup which was to take place in Vallnord Pal Arinsal, Andorra, from 19 to 21 June has been cancelled at the request of its organisers.

In light of the current situation, the UCI fully supports the fact that 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 UCI shares the disappointment of the mountain bike community after the decision made to cancel the Vallnord Pal Arinsal event and would like to thank the organising committee for its cooperation in this difficult situation, as well as the riders, teams and all parties involved for their understanding.

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4/14/2020 3:29 PM

when events start to happen again wont it be near impossible for people to move around that much so the fields will be limited for example here in NZ our boarders seem to be shut indefinitely we are talking 12 18 months possibly longer so if you pop off for a race somwhere each time you come back you would have to quarantine for 2 weeks, i could see the world cup just being europe only for a while.Hard time to be a international athlete for the foreseable future

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4/22/2020 9:03 AM

Press Release from Cane Creek:

Cane Creek Cycling Components has resumed limited operations at their North Carolina headquarters after being designated as an essential business by the state. The company had previously suspended all operations at the facility in late March due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Cane Creek is following North Carolina and CDC Covid-19 prevention guidelines by regularly sanitizing surfaces, limiting the number of staff members in the facility at a time, requiring staff to maintain a distance of six feet from one another, requiring workers to wear masks and gloves in common areas and requiring that all staff who are able to work from home do so.

“Certainly, it is a difficult balance between treating the pandemic with the respect it deserves and ensuring Cane Creek will survive for employees and riders. So, we are reviewing the situation and adjusting daily.” said Brent Graves, president and CEO of Cane Creek. “We are also fortunate as reported cases in our area are currently very low relative to the population.”

Due to these preventative measures, Cane Creek is operating with limited production capacity and is asking customers to expect longer than usual fulfillment times on all orders.

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4/28/2020 9:27 AM

***The EWS has officially restructured the 2020 Racing Calendar, moving some races and canceling others. The official release is below:

Due to the effects of the ongoing Coronavirus global pandemic, the Enduro World Series (EWS) board alongside cycling's governing body, the UCI and local organisers have had to take the difficult decision to cancel four 2020 events alongside rescheduling one.

The rounds affected are as follows:

Val di Fassa/Canazei ITA - 4/5 July - Cancelled

Petzen/Jamnica AUS/SLO - 11/12 July (rescheduled to October)

Valberg FRA 18/19 July - Cancelled - EWS-E R1 will now be hosted in Olargues FRA in October

Burke Vermont USA - 1/2 August - Cancelled

Whistler CAN - 8/9 August - Cancelled

This restructuring comes after detailed discussions between the Enduro World Series, our local organisers and the governing body of cycling, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). These are unprecedented times and the EWS would like to take this opportunity to thank the UCI for all their help and assure our racers and fans that we are working collectively to ensure that there are events this season for them to attend and enjoy. Racers affected by the cancellation of these events will be contacted individually regarding refunds, we appreciate your patience at this time.

Enduro World Series Managing Director, Chris Ball, had this to say regarding the changes:

“In our best effort to balance the health and safety of our riders, fans and staff we have made the hard decision to cancel a number of events and to push our season start back to the end of August. By working pragmatically and putting riders first, and by working closely with our colleagues at the UCI we feel that these changes will still provide great racing towards the end of the year. We look forward to visiting the great communities we will miss this year when we return to them in 2021”

The new-look season sees Zermatt in Switzerland open proceedings on 30 August. Finale Ligure will play host on 26/27 September for the Trophy of Nations. Olargues in France will be round two in October as well as now being the opening round of EWS-E before we then head to Petzen/Jamnica in Austria/Slovenia later in the month. After that round four will be held in the stunning surroundings of Manizales, Colombia (6/7 November) before the season finale in Farellones, Chile (14/15 November).

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4/29/2020 1:38 PM

This just came through the pipeline. Not much new here and the list only goes through June but this is the "official" UCI schedule as it sits...
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4/30/2020 12:12 PM

from USAC
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2020 USA Cycling National Championship Update – April 30

While some parts of the country are looking to reopen, other areas are still under social distancing restrictions as well as restrictions on event size and scope. We remain in close communication with our local host communities and medical experts as we evaluate the safety and feasibility of our National Championships in this changing environment.

In assessing whether to conduct our Nationals, we have continued to use the framework described in our last announcement. Our goal remains to operate National Championships which are safe for participants, spectators, local communities, volunteers, and staff while upholding a level of competition befitting a proper National Championship.

As you can see in the table below, we are still looking to push several events later in the season to preserve their viability. Unfortunately, the start of the school year, the travel limitations many of our participants face, and the potential impacts on local hosting communities has made the viability of holding some events uncertain. Although we will not be making a decision immediately in the hopes of a change to the current situation, we are facing the likely cancellation of Amateur Road, Junior Track, and Mountain Bike Nationals for 2020.

Along with the possibility of conducting events later in the fall, we are reviewing the feasibility of running smaller events for Professional and Elite riders across various disciplines. Holding scaled-down events is one option under consideration but not a final decision at this time. These events will only be conducted if they can be held safely and fairly, which may be possible with significantly reduced field of athletes.

We understand the disappointment this news will cause and we share those feelings; we love putting on these events and seeing you all year after year. While we want to continue with National Championships for everyone, like so many businesses, schools, and events we must make difficult decisions based on group size, location, and the ability of our members to attend. We are committed to continuing to try to hold events where we can do so safely and fairly.

Below is the current status for each National Championship remaining in 2020, along with the next date we will send an update. We will not open any registration until we are confident we can successfully and safely hold an event.

Please continue to safely #ridesolo. We will be in touch and we remain committed to the future of racing as well as the safety of our community.
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*Unless relevant information dictates an earlier notification.

For more information please contact Tara McCarthy at tmccarthy@usacycling.org



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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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5/4/2020 6:27 PM

Add Eurobike to the list.

PRESS RELEASE: Messe Friedrichshafen

Messe Friedrichshafen moves Eurobike 2020 to November – Pure B2B focus over three days – Additional industry-wide digital exchange of ideas on original September date

The Corona pandemic continues to hold the world in a stranglehold. Given the ban in Germany on major events until 29 August 2020 and the scale of preparations and procedures for Eurobike, holding the show just two days later is practically impossible. Due to this, Messe Friedrichshafen has decided not to run Eurobike 2020 on the planned date from 2 to 5 September or in its usual format. Instead, the organisers are holding a one-off Eurobike Special show some two and a half months later – from 24 to 26 November 2020. The event will be a pure B2B concept and the ideal platform as a working trade fair with intensive expert and professional exchange. “We are providing the first, unique opportunity for the bike industry to meet in this challenging year to maintain retail contacts and help drive new impetus,” announces Klaus Wellmann, CEO Messe Friedrichshafen.

Initially proposed as a “Plan B” back in April, the new schedule is now being implemented. This year, the bicycle industry will be meeting in Friedrichshafen from Tuesday 24 to Thursday 26 November, with a pure B2B format. The working fair will run for three week days, without a public day and is scheduled for much later in the year in order to provide sufficient time for preparation and organisation. Given the current circumstances, it will take into account the interests of the industry, retail and the media, as the most important stakeholders in this business-focused show. Stefan Reisinger, Head of Eurobike explains: “Suppliers, brands and retailers are all starting the 2020 bike season facing very difficult conditions and will hopefully benefit from recovery effects over time. One thing is certain, all industry players will have to adapt to the postponed development of the season compared to previous years. The later Eurobike date gives the whole bike industry an opportunity to make plans at the end of the 2020 season for the coming sales and production season. As such, it also offers a unique chance to meet up, to exchange ideas, and to work and network this year.”

The concept for this year’s Eurobike working trade fair will not include popular events, such as the Public Day, Eurobike Party, Test and Demo Areas and other elements from the supporting programme. “It is not inconceivable that we will still all be following the social distancing regulations in November,” says Eurobike Project Manager, Dirk Heidrich. The shorter duration and lower concentration means that exhibitors will be offered cost benefits in the form of reduced booth prices and the Retail First ticketing programme will still be available. Regarding availability of and conditions for accommodation in Friedrichshafen and the surrounding area, the November date brings obvious advantages.

Meanwhile, the original planned Eurobike date at the start of September is going to be put to good use. The “Bike Biz Revolution - Conference for Visionaries” will be held on Tuesday, 1 September 2020. The Eurobike organisers are running the new, highly-acclaimed conference as planned – only in a digital format. This will offer international industry players a digital meeting point to meet and discuss on the usual show date. The organisers are also planning to extend the digital offer to include formats for the Eurobike Award, Eurobike Travel Talk and Start Up Day. For further information and regular updates on the Eurobike Special from 24 to 26 November 2020, visit www.eurobike.com.

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5/5/2020 8:14 AM

UCI Mountain Bike World Cup at Mont-Sainte-Anne
COVID-19 pandemic forces cancellation of 2020 Vélirium



Quebec City, Tuesday, May 5, 2020 – In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and Government of Quebec rules prohibiting events from being held until August 31, Cycling Canada, Quebec Summer Events Corporation and event producer Gestev have been forced to cancel the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup that was scheduled to take place at Mont-Sainte-Anne August 21–23, 2020.

“Our priority above all else is the health and safety of the athletes, volunteers, employees and thousands of spectators who travel to be a part of Vélirium every year,” said Gabriel Fontaine Leclerc, General manager at Gestev. “Too many questions remain unanswered for us to pursue the possibility of postponing the event until the fall, and considering the sheer complexity of such an undertaking and the major challenges involved for our partners it is not feasible for us to explore this option. Let’s consider this a rain check for 2021.”

For Cycling Canada, this decision is the latest in a series of postponements and cancellations of international competitions across the country in the coming months. “Here at Cycling Canada we are obviously disappointed to miss a huge annual event like the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup at Mont-Sainte-Anne, but the health and safety of our athletes and members will always be our priority. We all have a duty to support the efforts of the public health authorities to mitigate the transmission of this virus,” said Mathieu Boucher, Head of Development and Operations at Cycling Canada.

The organizers would like to thank everyone, everywhere who has been involved in preparing for this year’s Vélirium, which would have been the 30th UCI-sanctioned event to be held at Mont-Sainte-Anne since 1991.
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5/5/2020 8:55 AM

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5/7/2020 7:39 PM
Edited Date/Time: 5/7/2020 7:40 PM

The Downieville Classic, originally scheduled from July 30-August 2, has also been canceled. An email sent to racers on May 7th reads as follows.

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25th Annual Downieville Classic Canceled

With great sadness the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship announces the cancelation of the 25th Annual Downieville Classic. Although the decision to cancel was agonizing due to the impact on racers, the volunteers, staff and the community, the decision was necessary. After sitting down with the Sierra County Public Health Officer, the Board of Supervisors and Sheriff, for the safety of the community, SBTS agreed there is no way a large gathering can happen in Downieville this year.

Sierra County is among the only counties in California with currently zero reported cases of COVID-19. With about 3,000 residents, the aging population has limited medical resources and is highly vulnerable to a viral outbreak. SBTS and its bike shop Yuba Expeditions invest immeasurable love into Downieville, and we don't want our operations or guests to be responsible for potentially introducing the virus. In addition to canceling the 2020 Downieville Classic, Yuba Expeditions in Downieville will be closed until further notice. At this time, we urge you to please not visit Downieville or other Lost Sierra mountain communities until government officials say it is safe to do so.

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This announcement follows the cancelation of our 2020 Lost and Found Gravel Grinder. The overall positive support from Lost and Found registrants upon receiving the bad news was humbling for our staff. We hope Downieville Classic racers, partners, locals and volunteers will be equally understanding. Make no mistake: SBTS would not exist without you, and we are forever grateful for your support through this punishing pandemic time. Race registration fees enable SBTS to keep building new trails and make sure the Downieville region of the Tahoe National Forest stays open. During registration every racer acknowledged our policy of no refunds for event cancelations, and we greatly appreciate racer understanding in SBTS retaining your entry fee, as it helps keep SBTS alive as a trail building organization.

As we did with Lost and Found, all 2020 Downieville Classic registered racers will get priority registration for the 2021 Downieville Classic. This means being able to register before the official registration opening date for this traditionally sold out event, and receive a 25 percent discount on 2021 registration fees. We realize this might not make some folks fully satisfied, especially as COVID-19 is not treating everyone’s finances equally. Yet, we are doing what we can to make this as whole as possible by offering a discount and preventing having to put down our chainsaws and McLeods for good.

We listened to every piece of feedback from Lost and Found registrants about how we could have communicated the bad news better. People who inquired wanted to understand race economics a bit more. Fundamentally, SBTS annually offers three race events from which the net proceeds pay for essential operations of trail stewardship work. Seventeen years ago, the Board of our newly formed Stewardship committed to the work of hosting highly enjoyable bike races as a funding source for costs not covered in trail project grants. Environmental impact studies, trail projects pre-research, coalition building, grant applications, office space, communications, vehicles, equipment, multiple insurance policies and more - these costs are spent during the on-average five years of professional behind-the-scenes work before dirt is even moved on a project. Race registration fees are used across all months as an integral driver of the year-round operation necessary to make a comprehensive trail system possible.

The Stewardship exists to attract families, friends and outdoor recreation enthusiasts to the magic of the Lost Sierra. SBTS is a 501c3 non-profit and through our professional trail work, race events, volunteer Trail Daze, bike shops and shuttle trips, the organization spurs millions in annual spending for the economies of Plumas and Sierra Counties. Since launching in 2003, SBTS has built nearly 100 miles of new trail, maintained more than 1,100 miles of existing trail and logged over 90,000 hours of volunteer labor.

Long-time Downieville die-hards will remember 2003 when the area’s trails were threatened with TRAIL CLOSED signs due to lack of federal maintenance funding. That year saw our first grant to buy a chainsaw to get the work done and remove those Trail Closed signs. We do not want to see trails closed again, so we’re reframing the Stewardship under the no-gathering orders. We’ve reduced staff, cut all non-essential expenses and developed COVID-safe trail work procedures approved this week by US Forest Service and Plumas and Sierra County officials to get the SBTS professional trail crew working again in early May. The 2020 focus includes:

- Maintain our core infrastructure. The team includes motivated mission-focused individuals, equipment, a fleet of vehicles, occupancy leases and insurance. We have cut costs, are reallocating assets (e.g., turning shuttle vans into separate trail crew work vehicles) and will continue working hard to keep our core intact.

- Build and maintain trails under our current agreements. Federal and state trails grants require ‘grantees’ to match government payments which we do primarily with volunteer work hours. Without volunteer work days, we are drawing more from our general fund to meet grant match requirements by rehiring staff and recruiting new trail crew members to get the trail work done under safe trail work procedures. Many of our race event partners are pivoting their financial support to help us put people back to work again.

- Continue building Connected Communities. We will continue our partnership with the Sierra Nevada Conservancy to keep the Lost Sierra Trails Master Plan and Connected Communities planning project moving forward. This is what SBTS is all about and will result in 300 miles of new trails connecting 15 mountain communities together - a truly world-class trail system expansion for all to enjoy.

We can't say it enough; SBTS would not exist without you. You are supporting a community of like-minded, hardworking people who love to play outside on magical ribbons of dirt. Thank you for your understanding. Your trips to the Lost Sierra support so many small businesses who greatly appreciate your patronage. And we plan to keep creating more #dirtmagic for everyone to enjoy.

Once this storm passes, we are optimistic that we will all gather together next year to enjoy our events and the company of many who have supported them for years. No one knows what public safety restrictions will be on future bike race events, but you have our commitment to making the next Downieville Classic the greatest 25th Anniversary celebration and party on two wheels.

In the meantime, if you have questions or concerns about this decision, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@sierratrails.org. We’re here to listen and do the best we can.

Greg Williams - Executive Director

Greg Carter, Rob Bixler, Jesse Passafiume, Debbie Bonovich, and Rick Stock - Board of Directors



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5/8/2020 5:58 AM

Does anyone else have a feeling that there may be no events this year? It seems like the primary concerns are spreading COVID-19 within crowds and any crashes being a complication on already strained hospital systems. With the UCI suspending racing until July, most of the races have been pushed into the fall which is when another 'wave' of infections is predicted to hit. I don't want to admit it any more than anyone else, but we may have an off-year with how things are going. Kudos to all regardless of their outcome- rescheduling a race must be hectic, and outright cancelling events is also a huge letdown.

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5/8/2020 9:45 AM

Outerbike Deer Valley canceled. Other Outerbikes still on schedule but "up in the air" with confirmations or cancelations closer to dates. https://www.outerbike.com/covid-19

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5/8/2020 9:49 AM

and @masjo, i agree with you on the likely outcome that there may be no events happening this year. everyone wants to race, but i don't know who wants to be the guinea pig for events happening. if an event was traced back as a source for an outbreak of infection or even death, i'd imagine there is a liability on the line. all of this is such a bummer and has to be so stressful for event planners.

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5/8/2020 11:54 AM

On the topic of the cancellation of the Downieville Classic and for those wondering what those race fees go towards, here's a link to a story we did a couple of years ago on the history of the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship and the incredible work they are doing up there, creating and maintaining awesome trails and providing a source of economic sustenance for the whole area: https://www.vitalmtb.com/features/Vital-Ride-Report-Downieville-and-the-Second-Gold-Rush,2466.

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