Another major cycling event has been cancelled amid the ongoing USA coronavirus pandemic, which so far has killed 183,602 people and infected 6,031,582.

The 38th El Tour de Tucson gran fondo, which was scheduled for 10 November in Arizona, has been cancelled according to a statement from the organizer.

“We have been holding out hope that the coronavirus pandemic would let up enough to allow us to welcome thousands of cyclists from all over the world in the traditional November timeframe. Our top priority has always the safety of everyone involved with the event and feel this is the most prudent decision.”

All registered riders have the option to roll their registration to a new springtime event on 10 April, 2021 or the traditional event on 20 November 2021.

The organizer will not issue refunds due to cancellation.  With registration $175 USD, some riders are not happy.

Facebook user Larry Linfield wrote “I just want a full refund. I will never register for a ride again unless it explicitly states up front that a full refund will be available should the organizer decide to cancel OR postpone an event!” 

El Tour de Tucson draws thousands of amateur and professional cyclists to the stunning desert southwest region every year and is known as one of the premier gran fondo races in the country.

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