Like the movie “Groundhog Day,” where history repeats itself over and over again on a daily basis, it seems amateur French bicyclists are stuck in the same never ending cycle.  After the year 2020 and its share of cancellations and postponements, the year 2021 seems to be taking the same path, again and again and again.

The organizers of the cyclosportive Les Marcaires, in the beautiful Parc Naturel Régional des Ballons des Vosges, announced via social media the cancellation of their event scheduled on 23 May.  The organizing committee of SC Munster stated, “We believed in it until the end but instead of improving, the health situation deteriorated again. The organizers’ agendas do not allow a postponement later in the season, we will focus on 2022, where it will be with great pleasure that we meet again.” 

In 2019, the first edition of L’Ornaise , a 150 km cyclosportive race highlighting the Argentan region, was a huge success, attracting 640 participants.  Unfortunately, the health crisis linked to the coronavirus has turned things upside down. After the cancellation of the 2020 edition, the 2021 edition now suffers the same fate. “We want there to be people, for it to be fun, but this is impossible given the constraints imposed,” explained Gérard Helbert, president of the organizing committee. . A thousand competitors were expected on Sunday 9 May, with over two hundred already registered.   The organizers are already planning to hold the event next year on Sunday 8 May 2022.

Announced in November 2020, the 1st edition of Cyclosportive la Vache qui rit, which was to be held on 23 May, has been forced to postpone until 26 September, hoping the pandemic situation will allow the event to be held at that time. We were deadlocked with the health situation and we didn’t want to take any risks. Of course, we were still optimistic, but we thought it was the most responsible solution . It’s an event that wants to be festive, so there would be little point in doing it with many constraints. We are already at 800 registered participants and we were counting on 1500 to 2000 in all,” explained Andréa Costa, event manager. 

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