One of the sporting highlights in the calendar for Clare cycling has become the latest to fall victim to the Covid-19 outbreak.
The Junior Cycle Tour of Ireland has been held in the county over the last few years attracting competitors from all over the globe, but organisers have opted to cancel the 2020 event.
A statement from race director Alice Sherratt confirmed the news this morning.
“It is with the greatest of regret that due to the current global pandemic with Covid-19, race organiser Alice Sherratt has taken the decision to cancel the 2020 edition of the Eurocycles Eurobaby Junior Tour that had been scheduled from the 14th to 19th of July in County Clare.
This type of decision is never an easy one to take but considering the nature of what is taking place globally and how the fight against Covid-19 is being managed in each country, there is too much uncertainty surrounding a timeline for the conclusion of the pandemic.
Therefore, we are not prepared to risk the health and wellbeing of our teams and our volunteers at any stage in 2020 as a safe, risk free environment associated with hosting a multi day international stage race cannot be guaranteed. The race against Covid-19 isn’t over until we cross the finish line and we have a confirmed result.
We would like to thank our sponsors and partners for their continued support throughout and look forward to working with you all in 2021.
We wish all of the cycling community and the volunteers of our sport good health to you and your families and to stay safe during these extraordinary times by respecting public health advice and look forward to returning to the start line in County Clare in July 2021”.