For the second year in a row Spanish event organizer Milestone Series has cancelled its newest events, Eifel 205 (Germany) and Båstad 198 (Sweden), due to COVID-19. 

“Unfortunately, last year circumstances haven’t allowed us to carry out the first edition of Eifel 205 (Germany) and Båstad 198 (Sweden). The current situation doesn’t permit to organize these international Gran Fondos keeping the Milestone Series quality standards,” they wrote in a press release.

Eifel 205 was scheduled for 21 August with Båstad 198 planned on 12 September.

Milestone is still hoping the eleventh edition of its flagship event, the Mallorca 312 gran fondo, will occur on 24 October as planned, but conditions do not look favorable  On Thursday the Balearic Islands Health Ministry reported 882 cases of COVID-19, a new all-time daily record combined with a soaring positivity rate of 13.1%. 

On a positive note, Milestone Series offers one of the best refund policies in the world, riders registered for the 2020 and 2021 editions of Eifel 205 and Båstad 198 will automatically be refunded 100% of their registration fee. If Mallorca 312 is cancelled due to COVID, registered riders will also receive a 100% refund.  

Looking forward to 2022, Milestone Series has already set event dates and renewed agreements with host cities.  The German Eifel 205 is planned on 20 August 2022 and Sweden’s Båstad 198 is now scheduled for 11 September 2022.

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