Reading the writing on the wall that 2021 will mirror 2020 pandemic-wise, Spanish event organizers are quickly cancelling spring and summer gran fondos and setting new dates in September, when they hope the situation is better.
Three of Spain’s most popular gran fondo cycling events have shifted plans and announced date changes.
Norther Spain’s Quebrantahuesos or “Bone Breaker” has postponed the 30th edition until 8 September after abandoning it’s 22 June date. The event is Spain’s largest amateur cycling race, taking place in the Pyrenees with cyclists tackling three classic Tour de France climbs.
“Considering the current health scenario in the country, the organization of the Quebrantahuesos , in close contact with the Aragonese, national, French and federal authorities, has decided to postpone the celebration of the 30th edition until September 18, 2021,” the organizer announced.
Bilbao-Bilbao International Gran Fondo in the Basque Country planned for 14 March will now hold the 32nd edition on 26 September.
Taking place along the Mediterranean coast, Gran Fondo Valencia is moving from 29 May to 18 September.
The Mallorca 312 gran fondo planned for 24 April has not announced date changes yet, but the Balearic Island’s tourism minister Iago Negueruela called it “utopian” to hope for any tourism to resume before Easter.