The oldest and one of the most challenging gran fondo in North America, Assault on Mt. Mitchell, has been cancelled in support of COVID-19 social distancing requirements and USA government recommendations.

The 45th edition was slated to start in Spartanburg, South Carolina USA on 18 May and finish 104 miles later atop the highest peak in the east, Mt. Mitchell in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The event has not been postponed or rescheduled, just cancelled.

The promoter, Spartanburg Freewheelers, issued the following statement via Facebook:

“Due to the CDC and government recommendations and the recommendation from USA Cycling, we have carefully decided to CANCEL the 2020 Assaults. We understand and are truly sorry for the disappointment of this news, but we want to assure you the health and safety of everyone involved is our top priority.

Please stay tuned for more information coming about the status of registrations and refunds. Please be patient with us as we finalize all of the details.”

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