The 2020 UCI Gran Fondo World Championship in Vancouver, Canada was dealt another COVID-19 blow that may prove fatal.
Provincial Premier of British Columbia, John Horgan, announced that “gatherings of more than 50 people will only be allowed in B.C. when the threat of COVID-19 has been significantly diminished through widespread vaccination, broad successful treatments, evidence of community immunity, or the equivalent.”
Adding “Until these things happen, B.C. will not be hosting rock concerts and conventions, or any other large gatherings beyond 50 people.”
The UCI Gran Fondo World Championship usually attracts about 3000 amateur competitive cyclists from across the world, although this year that number is expected to be much smaller since most qualifying events have been cancelled and worldwide travel restrictions are in place due to COVID-19.
There is no way of knowing when researchers will have a vaccine or how long it will take to manufacture, distribute and administer. Most experts project a vaccine will be developed by mid-2021, but that is just a guess.
Essentially, unless Premier Hogan changes his order banning large events or a miracle vaccine shows up in the next few days, the 2020 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships scheduled for September will not be happening.