Ottawa, ON (April 27, 2020) – In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Cycling Canada is extending the list of cancelled or postponed events to include everything originally scheduled on or before July 6. Our next recommendation concerning events scheduled beyond July 6th will be published on May 25th.
While there are signs of improvement in the pandemic across the country, Cycling Canada continues to support the efforts of public health authorities to minimize the transmission of the virus. That includes travel and social distancing restrictions.
This announcement directly affects both of the 2020 Canadian Road Championships, which were scheduled to take place in Quebec from June 26 to 29 and July 2 to July 5 respectively. Last week, the International Cycling Union (UCI) announced that the new dates for nations to organize Elite Road Championships are August 22-23, and Cycling Canada has been working with the organizers, the Quebec Cycling Federation and health authorities to determine whether these dates are feasible. As per the Canadian Masters Road Championships, discussions between Cycling Canada and the Appalachian Classic organizing committee are ongoing and a specific announcement will be made in the coming days regarding the status of this event moving forward.
Also of note with regards to this announcement are the Canadian XCO Mountain Bike Championships. Although this event is scheduled to occur after July 6th, the organizing committee, in close cooperation with Cycling Canada, has decided to postpone the event until further notice. More information regarding anticipated rescheduling of this event will be made public as it becomes available, in line with public health recommendations.
For an up-to-date list of cancelled or postponed events on the national calendar, please consult the event list on the Cycling Canada website. The list will be updated daily to ensure our members and stakeholders have access to the most current information. We are working with our organizers to reschedule events where possible while following restrictions and guidelines in place by the various health authorities
Cycling Canada is also working with the provincial and territorial cycling associations, supported by the guidance of health authorities, to support a progressive return to cycling activities when it is safe do to so. A more comprehensive communication will be developed and communicated to the cycling community in the coming weeks. In the meantime, please refer to the COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions on our website.
Cycling Canada continues to closely monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and remains in contact with the Public Health Agency of Canada and various cycling organizations around the world. We will continue to communicate any changes to all stakeholders.