Originally planned for May, postponed to September, then to 18 October, the 2020 edition La Ronde Tahitienne amateur gran fondo cycling race in French Polynesia has succumbed to coronavirus and been cancelled.
“Our country is currently experiencing an unprecedented crisis due to the Covid-19 epidemic, which unfortunately can affect anyone,” said Benoit Rivals, organizer of the race. “In a context where the country is fighting the spread of the virus, holding this rally would have been illogical,” he said.
Cyclists registered for the 2020 round will be reimbursed or may forward registration to the next edition – May 2021. “We have already positioned the arrival of two cycling cruises and many athletes wishing to come to us to participate in our event with 300 cyclists already interested,” said Rivals. “Hopefully by then, the health situation improves,” he added.
La Ronde Tahitienne launched in 2011, has grown to be a favorite race for amateurs across the world, attracting hundreds of riders every year to the tropical paradise. For the 2020 edition, former professional cyclist Sylvain Chavanel, holder of seven French champion titles including six time trials and two stages of the Tour du France, was planning to attend the race.