California’s classic Belgian Waffle Ride on 3 May has been cancelled in the wake of the rapidly expanding COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.

The promoter announced last week they would decide the event’s fate by 3 April, but recent shelter-in-place and lockdown orders in California made the decision easy – postpone and move to 8 November 2020.

“It’s only been a handful of days since we last emailed regarding the coronavirus, but so much has transpired since then. So much, in fact, we feel compelled to circle back on the subject, NOW, ” the promoter Michael Marckx announced in a press release Thursday.

Registered riders will automatically be transferred to the November date.  Riders may also change their registration to other Belgian Waffle Ride events, August 30 in Asheville, North Carolina, or October 17 in Cedar City, Utah.

The sold out event is one of the largest, most popular and entertaining groadie (gravel/road) events in the world, punctuated by beer, waffles, cheerleaders, bands and an abundance of cycling stars, including former Trek Segafredo World Tour racer Peter Stetina who won in 2019.

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