Cycling Ireland has moved to issue a statement regarding the impact of Coronavirus (Covid-19) with all Cycling Ireland approved events – road and off road – now cancelled until March 29th.
This includes the Grassroots Enduro Series opener at The Nagles, The GAP downhill series’ rounds three and four, Coillte Biking Blitz at Ticknock, plus EdFest in Ravensdale and 2Nduro in Ballyhoura.
Internationally, MTB as been hit with UCI announcing the postponement of the Downhill World Cup opener in Lousa, Portugal and the Enduro World Series also postponing the opening two rounds in Colombia and Chile at the end of this month.
Cycling Ireland statement (12 March at 16.30)…
Following on from Government advice this morning, Cycling Ireland announces that all Cycling Ireland approved events are to be cancelled with immediate effect until and including March 29th.
Cycling Ireland will continue to closely monitor advice from the Public Health teams on the island of Ireland and a further statement will be announced later this evening around club activities.
Cycling Ireland is guided by expert HSE advice and will physically close our office from tomorrow morning, but all staff will be operating our business from their homes. We have all prepared to operate telephones and emails remotely to minimise disruption to our business.
We understand that this decision will result in inconvenience to event organisers and disappointment to our membership, however, we are making this decision in the best interest of our membership and wider community and in line with Government advice. We urge all our members to follow the advice of the public health bodies until further notice.
On 12th March, Cycling Ireland announced some event cancellations…
Due to the impact of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) the upcoming events below have been cancelled.
- 14th March – Ras Naomh Finian – Clonard RC
- 15th March – Newbridge GP – Newbridge Cycling Club
- 15th March – CCC Spring 60 – BCC Camlough
- 17th March – North Pole CC St. Patrick’s Day Races – North Pole Cycling Club
- 17th March – Bobby Power Memorial Race / Landy Cup – Panduit Carrick Wheelers CC
Prior to this on March 10th, Cycling Ireland outlined statement on Coronavirus read…
The number of confirmed cases of Coronavirus (“Covid-19”) around the country is now increasing in prevalence and we are now starting to see this impact in Ireland.Cycling Ireland will be reviewing all advice from the Department of Health who are monitoring this situation and meeting regularly to review large gatherings including sporting events.
At present the advice will not impact any Cycling Ireland domestic activities, this includes competitions, training locally and nationally.
If advice changes in this regard and it is a changing situation, we will update our clubs and members and would urge you to check our website and social media sites regularly for the most up to date information.
Additionally we would urge all members to follow the advice that has been provided by the appropriate agencies regarding the best way to minimise the risks of infection as well as what you should do if you feel unwell and are developing symptoms, this can be found in greater detail via the HSE website or Public Health Authority in Northern Ireland.
Public Health Authority information:
As club and individuals may be planning cycling trips to events outside the country in the coming weeks, it is important to review travel guidance relating to specific countries and regions around the world which have been impacted by COVID-19.
Information in this regard is available on the Department of Foreign Affairs website – https://www.dfa.ie/travel/travel-advice/coronavirus/
Be mindful that it could be possible that after arriving at your foreign destination that you could be put into quarantine for a number of days.
For those cycling in groups over the coming weeks it is advised that you refrain from sharing drinking bottles or food under any circumstances and refrain from spitting out of respect for your fellow cyclists. In addition, some simple control measures include:
- Wash your hands properly and often
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough and sneeze
- Put used tissues into a bin and wash your hands
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
- Avoid close contact with people who are not well
For the latest public health advice please see the following websites
Public Health Authority Northern Ireland: https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/news/covid-19-coronavirus
Regards from Cycling Ireland
Naturally as the seriousness of the develops further updates will be announced, we’ll try to keep on top of developments.
As of March 12, 11am, we understand that this weekend’s off-road MTB events EdFest 2.0 at Ravensdale and round three of The GAP Spring DH series are happening.