In the face of rapidly spreading COVID-19 in Australia, the UCI Gran Fondo World Series is struggling on how to send a uniform message to athletes.
With two large UCI Gran Fondo World Series races, each with thousands of participants, just three weeks apart in Australia, the UCI GFWS cancelled one, yet went ahead with the other.
On 13 March, Mike Crawley – Race Director announced the UCI Tour de Brisbane Gran Fondo on 5 April was cancelled, siting Federal Government Advice.
On the other hand, two days later while Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison outlined plans to cancel any event with more than 500 people, the UCI Bathurst Classic Gran Fondo went on as scheduled Sunday 5 March for 1733 registered cyclists.
317 of the registered riders opted to stay home and follow WHO guidelines to avoid large group gatherings. Australians Sam Hill and Emily Watts opted to race – and win – instead.
Below are results for the UCI Bathurst Classic Gran Fondo. Riders finishing in the top 20% of their UCI age group qualify for the Gran Fondo World Championships scheduled later this year in Canada.
At press time, neither the UCI nor UCI Gran Fondo World Series has issued a COVID-19 statement concerning the amateur gran fondo cycling series, which brings thousands of amateur cyclists together at events all across the world.