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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

Corona Virus: Keep Calm and Carry On Cycling

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)

Date Event Location Routes Diff  Type My Rides
Mar 28 King of Grit Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom 76 km D GRAVEL
Jun 07 FlanRou Ribinoù Somerset, South East, UK 40 miles C GRAVEL
Jan 17 The Gravel Series North Downs Dorking, Surrey 18, 36, 59, 81 km C GRAVEL
Jan 24 The Gravel Series South Downs Arundel, West Sussex 15, 29, 46, 70 km C GRAVEL
Mar 13 Tucson Gran Fondo Tucson, Arizona , USA 11, 31, 62, 76 miles C GRANFONDO
Mar 26 - Mar 28 Tour de Bintan Kepri, Indonesia 82, 153 km C GRANFONDO
Apr 23 - Apr 25 Cyprus Gran Fondo Pafos, Cyprus 96 km C GRANFONDO

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.

Date Event Location Routes Diff  Type My Rides
Jan 19 Harp Hilly Hundred Reliability Ride Hertfordshire, South East, UK 55, 100 km C RELIABILITY
Jan 30 - Feb 02 Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race Geelong, VIC, Australia 1 stage F ROADRACE
Feb 05 - Feb 09 Jayco Herald Sun Tour Melbourne, Australia 5 stages F ROADRACE
Apr 22 - Apr 26 Redlands Bicycle Classic Redlands, California, USA 5 stages F ROADRACE
Apr 30 - May 02 Tour de Yorkshire Bridlington, Yorkshire, UK 3 stages F ROADRACE
Oct 17 - Oct 18 Beverley Heroic Beverley, WA, Australia 50, 100 miles C GRANFONDO
Jan 01 Polar Bear Ride Greensboro, North Carolina, USA 25, 38, 59 miles C CENTURY
Jan 09 San Tan Century Chandler, Arizona, USA 29, 64, 100 miles C CENTURY
Jan 11 Westerley Winter Warmer Buckinghamshire, South East, UK 44, 60, 108 km C SPORTIVE
Jan 24 - Jan 31 Vuelta a San Juan San Juan, Argentina 7 stages F ROADRACE
Feb 09 - Feb 14 Tour of Oman Al Sawadi Beach, Oman 6 stages F ROADRACE
Feb 13 Gryphon 99er Cycle Tour Durbanville, South Africa 51, 103 km C GRANFONDO
Feb 21 The Gravel Series Chilterns Henley-on-Thames, Berkshire 15, 29, 55, 89 km C GRAVEL
Mar 03 Gran Fondo Hincapie - Gravel - Jocassee Sunset, South Carolina, USA 16, 45, 77 miles D GRAVEL
Mar 06 RED BLUFF Gran Fondo Monticello, Mississippi, USA 38, 65, 103 miles D GRANFONDO
Mar 06 Southern Inyo Double Century Lone Pine, California, USA 203 miles, 13,100 feet F DOUBLE
Mar 28 4G (Great Gator Gravel Grinder) Homestead, Florida, USA 32, 62 miles C GRAVEL
Apr 24 La Bourgogne Cyclo Viré en Mâconnais, France 104, 155 km C GRANFONDO
May 02 Ride for the Arts Gran Fondo Ocala, Florida, USA 11, 40, 70 miles C GRANFONDO
May 03 The Cloisters Bike Ride Kent, South East, UK 13, 23, 44 miles B SPORTIVE
May 07 - May 09 ALÉ Gran Fondo Banjaluka Banjaluka, Bosnia-Herzegovina 87, 135km C GRANFONDO
May 17 The Assaults on Mt. Mitchell and Marion Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA 72.4, 102.7 miles E GRANFONDO
May 29 Levi's GranFondo 2021 Windsor, California, USA 8, 32, 52, 69. 81, 100, 126, 138 miles F GRANFONDO
May 30 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic London, UK 200 km E ROADRACE
Jun 12 Truckee Dirt Fondo Truckee, California 26, 58, 65 miles C GRAVEL
Jun 20 Gran Fondo Dnipro Race Dnipro, Ukraine 83, 155 km C GRANFONDO
Jul 05 Prospera Valley Gran Fondo Fort Langley, BC, Canada 50, 100, 160 km C GRANFONDO
Jul 11 The Castle 80 mile North Lakes Sportive North West, United Kingdom 80 miles C SPORTIVE
Aug 21 The 3 Balloons Luxeuil les Bains, France 122, 210 km D GRANFONDO
Sep 11 Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada 58, 102, 152 km C GRANFONDO
Sep 26 Poppyscotland Sportive Scottish Borders, UK 47, 68, 102 miles D SPORTIVE
Oct 29 - Oct 31 Haute Route Oman Muscat, Oman, Middle East 240 km C GRANFONDO
Nov 05 - Nov 07 Haute Route Mexico Valle de Bravo, Mexico City, Mexico 290 km D GRANFONDO

Keep Calm and Carry On Cycling

Stay fit and healthy, and enjoy those events that aren't affected unless public health restrictions apply.

Just think how well you're going to go will all that training when your postponed events are back on?

For the most up-to-date information, check resources like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) regularly.