The 2020 ŠKODA Tour de Conamara cycling event that takes place in Clifden each year has been cancelled due to uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 crisis.
The cancellation of the cycling event comes after it had already been pushed back earlier this year.
The Tour de Conamara was originally scheduled to take place on May 23, but it was announced back in March that it would be pushed back to August 29.
That date has also proved to be nonviable, and the 2020 event has now been called off altogether.
Event organiser Mark O’Connell said that it was felt that this is the wisest course of action with so much uncertainty surrounding social distancing, event capacity, and how large scale events should proceed this year.
“We hope cyclists appreciate our position but public health is the most important
consideration at the moment.”
“The event has been rescheduled for May 2021 and we plan for an even bigger welcome back to Clifden for cyclists and supporters of the ŠKODA Celtic Series events.
“The early decision was taken with the health and wellbeing of our cyclists, event team and host communities as our priority in making this decision.”
The leisure cycling event attracts in excess of 4,500 participants and visitors to Connemara
annually representing a significant tourism event in the Galway events calendar.
Ciara Breen, Head of Sponsorship and Events with ŠKODA explained all ŠKODA Celtic Series 2020 events have now been cancelled.
“Together we must all play our part in overcoming Covid 19 and we believe this is the right decision in these uncertain times particularly surrounding large scale mass participation events.”
“Each of the events attract a lot of participants who make a holiday of the events and we need to support those visitors make new plans.”
“Our event research has shown that the vast majority of participants travel from outside the host county to Clifden and surrounding areas with a large influx from overseas cyclists.”
The sportive is now rescheduled to take place on Saturday May 29, 2021.