Due to the current COVID-19 risk the Club will not be running any events for the next three months (March – June 2020)
While our participant numbers are well below that currently enforced by the Government, it is possible that this number may drop in future. We also have to consider that taking part in sports events introduces other factors which can increase the risk of virus transmission and general pressure on the health system (close contact, injuries, etc.).
Cycling Australia and MTBA are recommending that club organised races and other events planned for March, April & May be cancelled or postponed. Cycling Tasmania have gone a step further and will not be sanctioning any road or track events until the 1st of May.
In the interests of providing a modest amount of certainty to members, in this period of rapid change, we have taken the decision to suspend club cycling events until 30 June 2020.
Therefore, the remainder of the cross-country series has been cancelled. The Broadmarsh Time Trial set for 4 April is cancelled and the Oatlands Classic Road Race which was to be held on 2 May has been postponed.
The Club will monitor advice from Government and cycling bodies on when it is safe to resume events.
We will update members on event plans in late June. At the moment we are anticipating that it may be possible to have a shortened Cyclocross and a Gravity Enduro series in late winter/spring. We will make preparations to enable events to be underway soon after the all-clear is received.
There are a few major events in the calendar for November & December 2020. We are relatively confident that these will take place – and encourage members to keep/get fit and build skills for these races. These races include:
ROAD – Hell of the South, State Criterium Champs, Oatlands Classic (re-scheduled)
MOUNTAIN BIKE – State XCO Series (Hobart event 29 November) + Club Downhill & Cross-Country Series 2020/21
TRACK – Summer 2020/21 season
Finally, we wish you all very well. It’s a good idea to stay as calm and healthy as possible – jumping on your bike can help (as long as you’re not suffering respiratory symptoms).
As Eddy Merckx said
“Ride as much or as little, or as long or as short as you feel. But ride.”
Hobart Wheelers / Dirt Devils Committee & Event Coordinators