If you’re anything like us you’ll be wondering whether your favourite summer events are on or off. We knocked the doubt in our diaries on the head and rang the organisers direct.
Michael Wilkens is the organiser of the ‘Schwinn 100’ Trans Wales single circuit race and he told us:
“The Event is postponed at present but we’re 99% certain that it’s going to happen. We can theoretically run this race at any time up until late September, we’d just have to start a bit earlier in the morning. The course is all planned out ready but part of it runs past a site they’ve used for burial of culled animals and the army can’t give us any definite indication when we’ll get clearance for the event. It could be tommorow, it could be two months from now.
Anyone who’s signed on will be kept informed and there are still entries available for anyone wanting to ride.”
The great news is that the army are really into it and we’re already planning a 3 event series for next year. The army have 30 – 40 similar training areas around the country which they’re really keen to get used so we’re planning a possible event up in Yorkshire and another somewhere between Bristol and London, possibly on Salisbury Plain. We’ll be keeping the final here in Wales though.”
Trailbreaks have also had their Welsh Iron Bike event postponed by F+M. Although the Mid welsh end of the course is looking clearer an outbreak in Brecon last Thursday immeadiately stuck that end in an exclusion zone, so the event is now rescheduled for the 29-30th of September.
The Ridgeway ride is still going ahead as planned on the 21-22 July and the South Downs Way ride (8-9th September) is also still on presuming access restrictions are lifted by then. For those fancying something a lot more epic, the Trans-Andean leaves on the 28th September and runs from Brazil to the Bolivian border taking in the small matter of a 4800m high point and 500km total distance all in 9 days. The complete trip is 14 days and all fully vehicle supported, but the descents use ancient Inca pathways for “as much singletrack as you can physically stand”, so it’s not one for beginners of rigid diehards.
Unfortunately the events lads at Polaris were out discussing their next moves with local landowners. We drove through the area the Summer event is traditionally held in yesterday but though some forestry land is open most of the surrounding moorland is completely shut down. We should get an update very shortly though.