One of the most emblematic gran fondos in Spain, La Perico, organized by 1988 Tour de France champion Pedro Delgado has announced that the 25th edition will not be held this year either.

On his website Pedro Delgado published an official statement explaining the reasons.

The Perico 2021 will not be held this year either and we postpone the call for the next 2022, within the first fortnight of August.

The situation derived from the pandemic being somewhat better than last year, for the organizers of sporting events, causes so many limitations that maintaining the spirit of living a cycling party and with minimal security guarantees for all, are far from being a reality.

The restriction of the number of participants (500) forces us to say no to 2.000, not being able to allow departure and arrival concentrations, not being able to offer the fraternity meal of every year, in addition to no shower, no massage …

That we have preferred to postpone the call for 2022 and that it means the reunion that allows us to enjoy that great party with all the guarantees of health

As gran fondo cyclists know, the highlight of an event is the post-ride meal, beer, and telling of tall cycling tales to anyone who will listen. Delgado understands this all too well and realizes without these post-ride activities the true spirit and joy of participating in a gran fondo is lost.

The champion of the Tour in 1988 and twice at the Vuelta España (1985 & 1989) Pedro “Perico” Delgado, now at 60 years old, hosts the annual gran fondo for upwards of 2000 cyclists who join the legend to ride in the hills around Segovia.

The 2022 edition of “La Perico” will take place in early August.

Let’s hope that everything is more controlled then, not by me, but by Spanish society and the world and we will recover that normality one more step that is still far away, but that people who love sport miss these types of events, marches cyclists, half marathons, marathons, etc. We need challenges in life, which are what give us a bit of ambition and enthusiasm on a day-to-day basis, hopefully we can get it back soon.

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