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frank9755

Member since Nov 2008 • Last active Mar 2020
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    TCR has now officially been postponed until next year.

    Hi,

    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.

    Anna

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    It's hard to see anything going ahead this year, other than events like IndyPac, which don't officially exist so don't have a means by which they could be cancelled. Some people might go through the motions and ride bits of routes, but most of us will have to just write the rest of the year off.

    I'm glad that I only started training 3 weeks ago, haven't spent as much time doing TCR route-planning as I had done this time last year, and didn't buy any flights or ferries for TCR.

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    It shows a certain attitude to cycling - that it is seen as a sport rather than transport, hence an activity to be limited.

    And I think it is more about wanting to prevent a loophole in the lockdown restrictions which might make it harder to enforce them as a whole, rather than responding to actual risk.

    In contrast, the advice from the German and Dutch governments is that people should cycle.

    Also, the Italians, Spanish and French have not banned other activities such as home DIY, which has a much higher rate of injury than cycling, they have not reduced speed limits for motors, etc.

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    With all the missed travel, assuming the airlines/ferries still exist, I think I'll just move to Spain and do the missing ones.

    Recreational cycling is banned altogether in Spain!

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    It's just that every other country in Europe, apart from the UK and, its actually Belarus, has made a different decision.
    We can't know what is necessary at this stage, but the UK government has not performed well in this crisis so I am not inclined to automatically assume we are right and all the foreigners have got it wrong!

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    What every other country in Europe is doing is having a few staff at school so that children of essential workers can be looked after.
    The UK is one of only two countries in Europe (Switzerland or Sweden, can't remmeber which), which hasn't closed schools.
    If people shouldn't go to work, why is it different for teachers?

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    at the moment is that there's still no vaccine available

    I hear from friends in pharmaceuticals that they are not expecting a vaccine until next year but they believe that treatments, to help more people survive, should be available this year.

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    Italy Divide postponed to 31 July. Maybe they are reasonably confident that they can stage it then, or they are just hoping...

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    Yes. 'Clueless newbie fails to appreciate challenges in hard event beyond their experience' is a timeless story that will keep getting replayed, and it's fun when it's a pro cyclist playing the part of the clueless newbie.

    He would have done better if he had got a cheap bike and got a few more miles in on it!

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