Unfortunately the 2021 Tour de Brisbane has been postponed due to the impacts of COVID-19.
So has training for the Big Ride for Palestine contingent in Tour de Brisbane gone to waste?
No … we will still be riding for Palestine in 2021.
This is possible because the Big Ride for Palestine (TBR ’21) may be run by groups and individuals organising their own Covid-safe rides and raising funds for Palestinian projects via the the Big Ride’s website as we did in 2020. It is likely participants in TBR’21 will nominate a ride or other activity (walking, jogging etc.) of their choice to complete over a 2 week period in August/Sept. In 2021 people could ride as an individual or in small teams. Riders register … and seek sponsorship from supporter, friends and relatives.
Tour de Brisbane Organisers say: “No one is more disappointed than we are at having to break this news to you, but with the uncertainty faced around COVID-19 we absolutely support the decision to postpone the event. “
According to Tour de Brisbane organisers:
“… this week’s three-day lockdown in Brisbane has caused significant disruptions to the Tour de Brisbane planning, including interstate border restrictions affecting events, exhibitors, suppliers and participants. As a result, and with some restrictions continuing in Queensland over the next two-weeks, Brisbane Cycling Festival is operationally unable to deliver the event in the current environment.”
“While this postponement is disappointing for many, Brisbane Cycling Festival remains committed to delivering all elements of the event including the Track National Championships for Juniors and Masters and the Tour De Brisbane, offering opportunities to ride, race and experience Brisbane in a different way.
Whilst the outlook is positive, there is uncertainty as to what the Brisbane outbreak could bring over the coming days and weeks and so after extensive consultation with stakeholders the risk of hosting a mass participation event in the current environment has been deemed too high, public health and safety is the number one priority for Brisbane Cycling Festival.
As a result of the recent Greater Brisbane COVID-19 lockdown, new restrictions and ongoing contact tracing efforts, Queensland Health has advised that the Brisbane Cycling Festival COVID Safe Plan cannot be re-assessed before Tuesday 6th April, due to the 4-day Easter long weekend.”Here are some images from our training rides for Tour de Brisbane