Corona Virus: Keep Calm and Carry On Cycling
Gran Fondo Guide has reached out to thousands of event organizers worldwide and here's our take on the current situation
At the present time, event organizers who are affected, are postponing their events until later on this year. The main regions affected are the United States and Europe, as more public health restrictions are put in place.
Several countries including the United States and the United Kingdom are now working on the principle to "flatten the curve" of the outbreak and more importantly, protect and isolate the elderly who are the most vunerable.
The current public health restrictions could last a few months. As you may have seen, the Giro d'Italia and most of the Spring Classics have been postponed until later on in the year.
At this time, only a handful of events have completely cancelled their 2020 editions, notably the GFNY World Championship and the Tour of Gila road race in the United States, the Absa Cape Epic in South Africa.
Given the complexity of the cycling calendar and permits required for some events, it’s unlikely that all events will be rescheduled for later on in 2020, but so far, only a handful have cancelled their 2020 plans and have rolled entries over to 2021.
I've already entered some events, what should I do?
Organizers who are affected are in the process of re-scheduling their events later on this year, after "peak outbreak" has past. Not all sporting events provide refunds for "Acts of God", which are part of their entry terms and conditions.
The best advice we can recommend at the moment is don't panic. Event organizers will contact you if their event is postponed. If absolute needs must, contact the event organizer directly if you are concerned if the event is taking place or whether you should attend.
If you have entered events and they are postponed, you'll be able to take part when the new dates are confirmed.
2020 Cycling Events Postponed due to Corona Virus (COVID19)
Below are events that have been postponed (with no confirmed new date as yet)
Should I carry on training outside?
Absolutely a resounding YES for many good reasons:
Any postponed events are likely to be re-scheduled to a later date in the year which you can take part in. You need to keep fit!
You are less likely to contract Coronavirus by being outside on your bike training on your own or with a small group of heathly friends, as it doesn't like sunlight (UV sunlight) and cannot survive as long outside.
You may need to change any coached training program(s) due to the delay in your event(s) taking place. You also don't want to overdo any heavy weight loss or fasted riding if you cannot self isolate easily, as this affects your immune system (to keep the virus at bay).
Panicking that your main event has been cancelled or may be postponed is actually detrimental to your mental health (stress) and thus, your physical health (immune system).
You might be afraid to ride outside in the colder weather for fear of illness, but that’s not true; there is no data to prove that you will get sick from any respiratory pathogen when riding in cold weather.
With social distancing now preferred, if you opt to ride instead of using public transport, you will open up space on buses and trains for others who don’t have that option.
You probably already noticed that traffic is lighter than usual as people start working from home or stay at home. What a great time to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors!
Don't ride in a large groups and please refrain from blowing snot-rockets everywhere until "peak outbreak" subsides. Wear gloves and refrain from touching any objects, especially with your bare hands.
Social distancing is the right strategy. Experts are still trying to figure out how long the virus lives on objects, and the problem is that it appears to be highly contagious, spread easily by coughing and sneezing, and can be spread by people who don’t think they’re sick. That’s why hand-washing and not touching your face are so important.
Jump on your home trainer, sign up for Zwift and train in the comfort of your own home, if you are worried about getting sick, you might be sick or worse quarentined.
2020 Cycling Events Cancelled due to Corona Virus (COVID19)
Below are events that have been cancelled, with no new date confirmed in 2020.