Big news – and sad news – from the UK race scene today as the Welsh Gravity Enduro Series announces it will cancel all 2020 events. This cancellation extends to the Welsh Gravity Enduro Series Mash Up and Welsh Open events and the British National Enduro Series round at Dyfi.
Riders should have already received refunds, minus a £15 admin fee as per the organiser’s T&C’s.
The announcement is, of course, caused by the current Covid19 situation. Organiser Charlie Williams explained that recent announcements from the UK government had done little to help the series go ahead.
“We’re able to meet up and cycle together again in England” he told us “but the likelihood of us being able to host mass-gatherings any time soon isn’t certain”.
He also told us that that communities around the events are concerned about welcoming visitors into their local areas, seeing it as a risk to their safety. “The communities aren’t comfortable allowing us to visit the venues any time this year and it’s proving difficult to find anywhere that’s happy to open their doors”.
But, it’s not all bad news. Charlie at the WGE team have some exciting plans in the works for 2021 and, all being well, should be able to make some announcements as the year goes on. We’re looking forward to hearing about them!
You Can Read The Full Announcement from WGE Here:
As of Thursday 14th May 2020 all remaining races of the Welsh Gravity Enduro Series; Mash Up and Welsh Open are cancelled.
Having spent many many hours on the phone over the last 5 days to the relevant authorities, landowners and local residents a decision has been made.
This decision took into account the current Government guidance, decisions by organisers in various other countries, and was made in light of what the Welsh Assembly, local authorities, and community representatives have said. Therefore, it will not be possible to run any events in 2020 or at the least until a vaccine is widely available, in order to protect the participants and local communities from this unusual and dangerous situation.
With this information, it is with great sadness and disappointment to many that the decision was made to cancel the events. In my opinion, to do anything else would be morally irresponsible.
Refunds to all remaining competitors have already been sent back on Monday 11th May, these refunds can take anything from 1 to 10 days to show up in you account.
People who have entered the entire series at the discounted rate will only incur a one time £15 admin fee.
By registering to attend an event, you have confirmed that you have read and understood our cancellation policy.
Where does the admin fee go?
The admin fee helps to cover numerous hours of admin, dating back to November, that go into planning, promoting, site visits, trail building and expenses incurred to date.
None of the entry money is ever accessed until events have happened, or due to circumstances out of our control, been cancelled, meaning that you can be safe in the knowledge that a refund minus the admin fee is always possible.