Bike Industry, Cycling Events and Teams take Precautions due to Coronavirus


We all love cycling and want to stay healthy and enjoy the health benefits that riding our bike provides. Due to the recent Coronavirus cases in the US and worldwide, several events and tradeshow are making adjustments to provide additional safety measures or are being rescheduled.

In Italy, the Strade Bianche has been canceled and some of our favorite classics – Tirreno-Adriatico, Milan-San Remo have been postponed. In France, Paris-Nice has imposed a selfie ban between the riders and fans. In addition, many professional teams in Europe have pulled out of events for the next few weeks.

Sea Otter Classic to Reschedule

In the US, the Sea Otter Classic Cycling Festival that was scheduled for April in Monterrey, CA has been rescheduled as a precaution due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) threat.

Frank Yohannan, President & CEO of the Sea Otter Classic explained, After a thorough review of the coronavirus threat, we’ve decided to reschedule April’s Sea Otter Classic.  Additionally, People for Bikes and Sea Otter Classic will reschedule the Bicycle Leadership Conference. 

We are coordinating with local authorities to determine the best dates to host the 2020 Sea Otter Classic and Bicycle Leadership Conference.  We anticipate announcing those dates by the middle of next week.

Information regarding registration refunds and rollovers will be posted on our website once the new dates have been finalized.

People for Bikes Webinar

For those in the bike industry, People for Bikes will be hosting a special webinar on Thursday, March 12, 2020, from 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM PDT to discuss Preparing for Disruptions: Coronavirus and the bicycle industry.

The seminar plans to discuss potential supply chain and personnel management decisions are ahead. We want to make sure that the bike industry takes the proper steps to prepare. As leaders of your companies, you’re responsible for ensuring that these decisions are handled calmly and without alarm. Understanding the news and political landscape surrounding COVID-19 will help protect you and your business. 
 
During this webinar, we’ll go over what is happening in Washington, D.C. and how some key policy issues may be shelved as the virus becomes the top focus of the federal government.  We’ll also discuss best practices and tips shared from bike companies in the U.S. and what to expect going forward.

CABDA East Will Go On as Scheduled

The trade show CABDA East will go on as planned and has put in some safety measures, We will have mandatory hand sanitization stations at the entrance to the venue, and plentiful additional sanitizer throughout the building. We will be performing frequent sanitization of common areas and touchpoints like door handles and counters.

Tips for Protecting Yourself and Others from Coronavirus (COVID-19)

  • Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with hot, soapy water or with hand sanitizer that is > 60 % alcohol
  • Be self-sufficient – Have hand sanitizer that is > 60 % alcohol or wipes that kill germs available for yourself to use to keep your hands and surfaces clean
  • If you cough or sneeze, cover it with a tissue or your elbow, not your hands, clean your hands after
  • Don’t shake hands
  • Don’t touch your face
  • If you feel sick stay at home and away from others
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
  • Maintain social distance
  • For cyclists, don’t spit or blow your nose while riding (especially with others around you)

For more information and advice visit the World Health Organization.

Stay healthy and enjoy the health benefits of cycling and fresh air when riding your bike!