aQuellé Tour Durban
Tour Durban postponed following coronavirus clampdown
Durban - The organisers of the aQuellé Tour Durban cycle race have taken
the decision to postpone the 2020 edition of the Durban classic to a
date later in the year, following the national government state of
disaster announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa last night in response
to the coronavirus pandemic.
The decision to postpone the aQuellé Tour Durban was taken after
extensive consultation with the UCI, Cycling South Africa, KZN Cycling,
the event sponsors and partners and stakeholders in the cycling
community as the event sought to balance the significant public support
for the event while ensuring that it unreservedly supports all of the
initiatives announced in the government’s response to the coronavirus
outbreak in South Africa.
“First and foremost we have to look after the health and wellbeing of
every single participant, and all of our staff, marshalls and
volunteers,” said event director Alec Lenferna. ”To that end we have
been guided by national and regional governmental departments, who have
been very helpful and clear in their guidelines.
“We are working with the relevant role players in a bid to locating a
suitable weekend in spring that can host the two days of events as
planned. We will do all in our power to ensure that the event, which
clearly has a very large following, can go ahead, and at the same time
to retain the benefit to The Domino Foundation that is the beneficiary
of the race.
“The fact that we can all #Ride4Good is at the heart of this race and we
will do everything we can to stage the race later in the year to give
the riders their weekend riding on full road closure on Durban’s
highways, and sustain the important financial lifeline to The Domino
Foundation.” he said.
Lenferna said that while it was clearly not an option to stage the race
at the end of April, he was working hard with the UCI, Cycling SA and
KZN Cycling as part of the enforced reorganisation of the cycling
calendars in a bid to postpone rather than cancel the race.
He said that the new date for the event would be announced early in
April, and that all the entries received would be fully transferrable to
the new date.
“Evaluating all the circumstances over the next months, and if we can
still go ahead later in the year, we should be able to retain all the
appeal of the event in spring when there is stable weather before the
full rainy season commences”
More information can
be found at www.tourdurban.co.za
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aQuellé Tour Durban
The aQuellé Tour Durban
has been postponed to a date in later in the year, following the state
of disaster declared President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday night.
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