This is an important update regarding the CX Century / South Downs 100. The event has been rescheduled to August 8th (from it’s planned date of July 4th), and for this year only, will be restricted to the just the 100km option. We have reached this decision through a full review of our options following the latest update to the government lockdown restrictions, and want to take a moment to explain why, and how this affects your booking.
New date: August 8th
We had very much hoped to still be able to run the event on it’s planned July date, and have a full plan in place to enable us to run the event confidently and safely, with proper social distancing and hygiene. However, we are still reliant on the goodwill and cooperation of various third parties to run this event; local and national park authorities, certain venue and facilities managers along the route, and even public tolerance and goodwill, which is a particularly sensitive issue at the moment. The lifting of restrictions has been slower and more cautious than we might have hoped, and to date, including in last weeks changes, there remains a distinct lack of clarity surrounding organised public gatherings and mass events, and we can’t wait for for the next review in three weeks before making a final decision about the event. Our particular model of events doesn’t even really fall into any category discussion at government level, so the closest we have to official guidance is British Cycling’s recommendation that “sportive” style events should be delayed until after 1st August.
Taking all these considerations into account, we no longer feel fully confident that we can run the event on July 4th without a reasonable risk of running into a number of potential problems. By moving it on a month to August 8th, we are confident we will be in a much better place to avoid these pitfalls and be able to run the event properly.
Distance Change: 100km only
With regard to the event distance, with apologies to all of you who were looking forward to it, there will be no 100 mile route this year. We’ve reluctantly made this decision for several reasons; primarily to allow us to space out the event. We can’t run the usual mass start due to social distancing requirements, so will be running a staggered start over a longer time period. Coupled with the shorter daylight hours of the new date, this would place significant time pressures on some riders to complete the full 100 miles. Also, we have to consider contingencies for our support structure. We have to fully staff the event to a level where we can provide you with the support you expect, and we’re very aware that we may end up operating with a reduced team at short notice due to illness or the need to self isolate etc. In the current circumstances, we think it’s better to ensure a full level of support on a reduced event.
How this affects your booking
If you have already entered the event, check your emails. You have been contacted to let you know how these changes affect your booking. If you haven’t booked yet, you can go ahead and register for the 100km event on the new date of August 8th now!