UK Ineos Grenadiers pro Tom Pidcock had his best cycling season ever in 2021, the 22 year-old won gold at the Olympics, finished first at the spring classic Brabantse Pijl and then second by just millimetres at Amstel Gold.
In partnership with UK cyclosportive organiser Struggles Events he tried to transfer his new found success to the amateur cyclosportive arena at the Tom Pidcock Gran Fondo in August.
It didn’t work and now the event has been dropped for the 2022 cyclosportive season.
Even with the UK’s most exciting young cyclist amassing a dazzling array of Olympic, World and European titles in cyclo-cross, mountain biking and road races, the Tom Pidcock Gran Fondo only attracted around 300 riders.
That’s not near enough for a rider of Pidcock’s stature, let alone enough to financially support a premium cyclosportive.
After announcing in late 2021 that a 2022 date for the event was forthcoming, Struggles Events unceremoniously dropped the Tom Pidcock Gran Fondo from their website calendar without comment this week.
Pidcock has not commented on the event either, but it seems he has an alternative event planned, a treesportive – planting trees in his hometown this weekend, although don’t expect to see him with a spade in hand. He is at an Ineos training camp preparing for the 2022 Giro d’Italia…
PHOTOS: Struggles Events, Tom Pidcock