Update on The LONDON-PARIS by Tour de France
Following last Monday’s announcement by the UK Government we are welcoming the positive, yet cautious lifting of COVID-19 restrictions in England over the coming months.
It was heartbreaking to defer the original LONDON-PARIS dates from 2020, and we’re grateful to all riders who moved their entry to 2021, and added another 12 months onto their training window. We understand that our participants want clarity, and to know whether to be continuing with training and making travel arrangements whilst also assessing the risks associated with the possibility of deferring the event for a second time at late notice.
As an event organiser we always want to deliver the best experience for our riders both on and off the bike, including carefully selected lunch stops, sports therapists to help with those niggles, social evening meals and importantly the Finisher’s Party in Paris. Guidance from the UK Government about what conditions will need to be met to restart international travel from 17 May is not expected for another 6 weeks. Based on this, as well as well as the potential of restricting some of the off-bike aspects which form such a large part of making the event what it is, we have made the incredibly difficult decision not to hold the event in 2021.
This is the last thing we want to do after what has been a very difficult year. We have contacted all riders directly who will have the option to defer to 2022, move to another Hotchillee event, or request a refund.
It will be disappointing to watch the Tour de France from the sofa this year, rather than finish line seating, however (first world problems aside), we’re looking forward to exciting new plans in 2022, which will be announced in partnership with the Tour de France shortly.