Cycling Schedule Update
Not much has changed regarding the past and future seven days, as every race, event, and social gathering has been cancelled for at least the next couple of weeks because of the COVD-19 pandemic. However, a number of organizers have announced tentative plans for their races in 2020 or 2021.
Tour de France
Race organizer ASO has reportedly announced a May 15 date to decide the fate of the 2020 Tour de France. Rumors have been circulating about the possibility of a race held behind closed doors, meaning that no fans would be present. French minister for sport, Roxana Maracineanu, has suggested such a solution, but critics remain skeptical. Normally the race passes by hundreds of towns and millions of spectators, a situation that is far too dangerous in the current state of society. That said, May 15 is reportedly the final call as to whether the race will go on.
The Tokyo Olympics have officially been postponed to 2021, with the new dates being July 23to August 8, 2021. Of great importance to the cycling world, these dates overlap with the 2021 Tour de France which is set to run July 2 to July 25, 2021. A one-week shift to an earlier date for the Tour would allow riders to compete in both events, but no announcements have been made regarding a potential schedule change for the 2021 Tour.
Mountain Bike World Championships
The 2020 Mountain Bike Cross-Country World Championships have been postponed from their original dates of June 25-28, 2020. The events were set to take place in Albstadt, Germany in an earlier calendar slot to allow for the Tokyo Olympics. But with all racing postponed for at least the next couple of months, an announcement of new dates has yet to be made.
Pro Riders Training
Thousands of riders remain on lockdown in Italy and Spain, forcing them to the indoor trainer for the immediate future. That means you can find a number of WorldTour riders perusing Zwift on any given day, with some riding up to six hours on the virtual platform. Some teams – such as Mitchelton-Scott, Canyon-SRAM, and EF Pro Cycling – have been organizing ‘virtual group rides’, providing both online interaction and motivation for thousands of riders across the world.
For those looking for indoor training entertainment, Team Movistar released a six-part Netflix documentary this past weekend entitled, ‘El Dia Menos Pensado’ – ‘The Least Expected Day’. The film followed their 2019 season and includes insights into Richard Carapaz’s Giro d’Italia victory, as well as the drama between Nairo Quintana and Mikel Landa at the Tour de France.