Four more UCI Gran Fondo World Championship qualifying races have announced delays due to increased pandemic uncertainty.
The 2021 UCI Tour de Bintan, scheduled for 28 March has been delayed due to stringent coronavirus travel restrictions that prevent anyone from visiting the host island Bintan. No replacement date has been announced.
UCI Gran Fondo Isle of Man has delayed the start of registration for the 1 August race also due to concerns about future travel restrictions to the island.
“Due to the ongoing Covid 19 Pandemic and the restricted border situation on the Isle of Man, we are holding off opening entries for our 2021 event. We intend making a decision around the format and any changes to our plans for 2021 in the Spring, and will provide a further update then,” the organisers announced.
UCI Around Samcheok Gran Fondo in Korea scheduled to take place 2 May has also postponed opening registration out of caution.
Considering the [pandemic] situation, now we are carefully discussing with the provincial government and UCI about the preliminary postponement of the registration and holding [of the event], the organiser announced.
23 May is the new tentative date for Portugal’s UCI Gran Fondo Coimbra Region originally planned for 18 April.
“Faced with an unstable and rampant epidemiological situation, most European countries have opted to increase and impose more rigid and restrictive confinement measures, Portugal included. Thus, in complete harmony with the UCI and the Portuguese Cycling Federation, the event will be postponed for about a month,” UCI Gran Fondo Coimbra posted on Facebook.
In early January, UCI Cyprus Gran Fondo and UCI Aristoteles Chalkidiki Gran Fondo, both qualifying races for the Gran Fondo World Championships, were postponed, making six 2021 UCI gran rondo events that have been delayed due to the pandemic.