Athlete Update: Thursday 26 March 5.00pm
In this unprecedented crisis, we appreciate you are dealing with many priorities but we did want to update you on Tour de Brisbane.
As you know, the world has changed dramatically over the past few weeks and naturally human lives take precedence over everything, including the Tour de Brisbane. The event scheduled for April 2020 must be postponed.
We hoped to move quickly to reschedule into mid-year and had received in principle support for a date, but as you would be well aware with the postponement of the 2020 Olympic Games, health authorities are very clear in their direction that now all mid-year events must also be delayed.
The safety of our riders and the wider community is our number one priority.
The good news is we are well advanced in our discussions with Cycling Australia, Union Cycliste Internationale, Queensland Police, Federal, State and the local government to set a new appropriate and safe date.
Given the strain on all of these parties at this time, we are forever grateful for their fast response and commitment to helping reschedule this event.
We are confident we will have a new date soon.
In these extraordinary circumstances, we thank you again for your understanding and patience.
Keep safe and well.
Mike Crawley, Race Director
Athlete Update: Monday 16 March 5.00pm
The last few days have been challenging not only for sports and events, but also our friends, families and local communities. It appears these upsets may continue for some time and I extend our organisation’s sympathy to all those affected.
The Tour de Brisbane represents the interests of over 4000 riders and racers who just wanted to ride their bike in Brisbane.
Health and safety remains the utmost priority, and today I cannot forecast what will occur during the next few weeks or months.
We will not be hosting the Tour de Brisbane on 3-6 April 2020 as originally planned and our position remains:
‘The Tour de Brisbane is on hold as we work to confirm a postponement date with State Government, Local Government, Cycling Australia, the UCI, the Oceania Cycling Confederation and the Brisbane Cycling Festival.’
‘Until such time the postponement date can be confirmed, new and existing participant entries will remain on hold.’
If you would like to discuss the event further, please call myself or the team any time on 1300 282 949.
I look forward to getting back on the bike with all our cycling friends very soon.
Stay healthy and ride safe.
Mike Crawley | Race Director
Athlete Update: Friday 13 March 4.15pm
We are awaiting further advice on the next steps for the Tour de Brisbane following the Prime Minister and COAG's press conference late today.
When we receive clarity on the next steps for the event, we will provide all riders their options, be this to postpone the event or otherwise.
Until such time, our facility to administer withdrawals from the event are on hold. Our team will be in the office throughout the weekend to answer any of your questions and queries.
We have also currently put our entry system on hold and restricted entries to our upcoming events.
Thank you for your understanding during this unprecedented time.
We will continue to communicate with you as soon as we have information to share. The next scheduled communique is Monday 16 March at 5pm.
Mike Crawley | Race Director
Athlete Update: Friday 13 March 12.00pm
We are all conscious of the rapidly changing health landscape and its potential impact on events.
On Thursday 12 March, the strategic advisory group which oversees the Tour de Brisbane met at 9.00am via teleconference to review planning for our 5 April ride and race. This group represents all State and Local Government departments which are stakeholders in the Tour de Brisbane.
Although the Tour has been progressing according to all planned milestones, the impact of the virus has become a growing focus of our attention over the past two weeks.
NXsports has progressively implemented additional hygiene and participant well-being standards at our other events in order to ensure the safety of all participants, volunteers, and crew. Similarly, two phases of operational standard improvements were endorsed by the strategic advisory group for the Tour de Brisbane.
In contrast to spectator events and festivals, our ride and race allows a number of options to avoid large crowd gatherings in order to accommodate State and Federal Government health standards should they change.
At the time of writing, the Australian Government position (https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert) does not require events to be postponed and we will continue to adopt the Government's lead in this regard.
We urge all participants to monitor this link and note that we have been advised by the event cancellation insurer - Event Protect (http://eventprotect.co/) - that the World Health Organisation declaration of a global pandemic is on their list of exclusions; we are awaiting formal written confirmation currently from Event Protect. Should you wish to withdraw at this point in time, we would welcome your request in accordance with the present Event terms and conditions.
Should there be a need to adjust the event delivery, or postpone any of our races and rides, we will immediately inform you.
Like all cyclists, we are just keen to ride our bikes.
There is still 23 days remaining before our Tour de Brisbane and we are well prepared to respond to changes and these will be communicated to you every two days via email commencing Monday at 9.00am. (*Today’s email information has also been forwarded to you via sms.)
I wish to thank each of you for supporting our second year of the Tour de Brisbane. If you're coming to collect your jersey at Ballistic, I look forward to seeing you this arvo.
Mike Crawley | Race Director