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Joberg2c MTB race cancelled due to COVID-19

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The organisers of South Africa’s celebrated joberg2c mountain bike race have announced that the 2020 event, set to take place from 24 April2 May, has been cancelled due to the ongoing global Covid-19 (Coronavirus) crisis and President Cyril Ramaphosa’s declaration of South Africa’s ‘national state of disaster’.

One of the joberg2c founders, Craig Wapnick comments: “As an event that truly loves South Africa and that loves showing off South Africa to local and foreign riders, we are devastated to make this announcement. However, we make it with the best interests of our local riders, foreign riders, crew, sponsors, and communities at heart. We are a community-based event, meaning we work closely with local communities and pride ourselves on taking riders on a journey through communities they would otherwise never be exposed to. As such, this has been a really tough decision to make, because so many people along the joberg2c route spend up to a year preparing for our arrival.

But as we have seen in recent weeks and indeed over the past few days, events and sporting organisations need to make tough decisions to ensure that we play our part in containing the spread of the virus. Our organising team is committed to doing what is best and fair for all involved in the 2020 event, and are currently working on a solution.”

Wapnick adds that the sponsors have been incredibly supportive of the decision.“Sage, Isuzu, Avis Van Rental and the rest of our sponsor family are all behind the decision; these are great teams who understand how the joberg2c works and have already committed time and effort to the 2020 event.”

The decision to cancel the event is not only a blow to the riders, who have trained so hard over the last few months, but also to the race village hosts, the communities along the route and the churches, schools, and clubs involved in the water tables.

The schools and groups along the joberg2c route use their participation in the event as their major fundraiser for the year, so they will be hardest hit by the cancellation of joberg2c.

“Our event shows off the very best of South Africa and in this tough time, we know that the very best qualities of South Africans will shine through,” concludes Wapnick

For further information, visit www.joberg2c.co.za

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