TCR has now officially been postponed until next year.
It is with a heavy heart we’ve come to the conclusion that we must postpone TCRNo8 until 2021.
Unlike any global health crisis in our lifetime the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic is causing fear, confusion and suffering, affecting everyone from all walks of life, across borders, it is affecting the global economy and our everyday lives in a way we’ve not experienced for decades.
Sporting events of all kinds are making the difficult decision to postpone and at Lost Dot we accept this cause of action is necessary for Transcontinental Race and Trans Pyrenees Race 2020. The decision has not been an easy one however, Lost Dot feel that the TCR should be part of a solution and never part of a problem. We were hopeful that the race could play an active part in a recovery come the summer and a coming together of our community after a fearful period of isolation would be something positive to work towards. However, we are now convinced the isolation measures in place may continue for a considerable period of time, that our riders and volunteers would appreciate some clarity in these difficult times and that the pressure to train and maintain fitness under difficult circumstances is not beneficial right now.
We feel the right thing to do is to postpone both events and allow time and space for our riders, volunteers, members of Lost Dot and our race partners to focus energy on any assistance we can provide within our local communities. Our duty is to look beyond ourselves and our immediate community to the wider society and community that we are a part of. We must take responsibility and our share of the burden in reducing the spread of the virus to reduce the impact on our stressed public institutions such as health services. Our friends and peers within the community of nurses and doctors on the front line need our solidarity and support, we must all play our role in reducing the spread of the virus to protect the most vulnerable in society - our friends, family and neighbours.
TCRNo8 is now provisionally planned for July / August 2021. We hope that the route can remain the same and that the race can be part of a recovery process that will support individuals and businesses across Europe to find their feet again. We plan to be in touch in November 2020 with any potential updates to the date and route giving riders the usual time to plan and train for the race. All riders who paid the first deposit for TCRNo8 are invited to keep their place on TCRNo8 in 2021. To maintain that place Lost Dot must retain the (nonrefundable) deposits already paid. Our bursary winners will retain their places and their bursary grants for 2021 and we commit to the planned donations to our chosen charities and to do what we can to support our regular freelance contributors who may struggle with sudden lack of work. We will provide further detail on how and when to pay the balance payment to secure your place on TCRNo8 (2021)in the spring of 2021. We hope any training and planning already undertaken will not be wasted but can be built on during this unusual year.
Between now and November 2020 we ask all of our riders to remain optimistic, train whenever and however possible, share positivity on the facebook group, keep in touch, remember we are a community, reach out if you feel down or need help or support. Stay strong and fit, do what you can to support your neighbours and of course follow all WHO and local authority advice.
Our thoughts are with you all.