As the Southern Hemisphere cycling season kicks into high gear it seems the pandemic is far from over with events starting to cancel due to rapidly rising COVID cases, hospitalizations and deaths.
Bogota Colombia’s Gran Fondo Pájara Race for amateurs, which was scheduled for this Sunday 21 November, has been cancelled by the government less than 48 hours before the planned start due to increased COVID risk and safety issues.
With a 108 kilometre route starting from Plaza de Bolívar in the center of Colombia’s capital city and climbing to over 3300 metres in elevation, the race had already registered over 2000 participants who were in the process of pickup up their race bibs when the cancellation was announced.
For the organization of Pájara Race, the safety of all participants, sponsors, collaborators, communities and other personnel involved is of paramount importance the government decided.
“We hope that our batch of cyclists and sponsors will accompany us and continue with us to carry out the first fondo of the city of Bogotá , which represents an opportunity to earn a space as cyclists in the capital of the country and the nearby regions, taking advantage of the support of the district and national entities,” said Juan Manuel Moncada, General Manager of Pájara Race.
The race is now tentatively planned for February 2022, if conditions allow.
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