With the USA Cycling Pro Road National Championships scheduled to run June 18-21, USA Cycling has provided the following update on the upcoming USA Cycling National Championships that were scheduled for 2020. Like most everything else, the 2020 USA Cycling National Championships have been impacted from COVID-19 as well as the various restrictions imposed in each state, in addition to restrictions put in place for safety.
While some parts of the country are looking to reopen, other areas are still under social distancing restrictions as well as restrictions on event size and scope. We remain in close communication with our local host communities and medical experts as we evaluate the safety and feasibility of our National Championships in this changing environment.
In assessing whether to conduct our Nationals, we have continued to use the framework described in our last announcement. Our goal remains to operate National Championships which are safe for participants, spectators, local communities, volunteers, and staff while upholding a level of competition befitting a proper National Championship.
As you can see in the table below, we are still looking to push several events later in the season to preserve their viability. Unfortunately, the start of the school year, the travel limitations many of our participants face, and the potential impacts on local hosting communities has made the viability of holding some events uncertain. Although we will not be making a decision immediately in the hopes of a change to the current situation, we are facing the likely cancellation of Amateur Road, Junior Track, and Mountain Bike Nationals for 2020.
Along with the possibility of conducting events later in the fall, we are reviewing the feasibility of running smaller events for Professional and Elite riders across various disciplines. Holding scaled-down events is one option under consideration but not a final decision at this time. These events will only be conducted if they can be held safely and fairly, which may be possible with significantly reduced field of athletes.
We understand the disappointment this news will cause and we share those feelings; we love putting on these events and seeing you all year after year. While we want to continue with National Championships for everyone, like so many businesses, schools, and events we must make difficult decisions based on group size, location, and the ability of our members to attend. We are committed to continuing to try to hold events where we can do so safely and fairly.
Below is the current status for each National Championship remaining in 2020, along with the next date we will send an update. We will not open any registration until we are confident we can successfully and safely hold an event.
Please continue to safely #ridesolo. We will be in touch and we remain committed to the future of racing as well as the safety of our community.
*Unless relevant information dictates an earlier notification.