One of gravel cycling’s most innovative races is postponing its 2021 edition due to the COVID-19 pandemic .
California’s Rock Cobbler — a race known for sending cyclists racing through a someone’s backyard and living room — will delay its February 13 date due to the surging number of COVID-19 cases the area surrounding the event’s Bakersfield, California course. Sam Ames, the event’s director, said he is looking to move the event back to April of this with dates to be announced later this month.
Should the region’s COVID numbers remain high through the spring, Ames said he will cancel the 2021 event outright.
“I didn’t want to have the ‘let’s see if we can get away with it’ attitude — I want to put on an event that everybody feels good about,” Ames said. “We’re going to hold out hope. If that doesn’t happen, we’d cancel and reboot for 2022.”
The race takes place in Kern County, which has reported 1,113 new COVID-19 cases in the last week, an 11 percent uptick from two weeks ago, according to The Los Angeles Times . Ames said he decided on the postponement after speaking to a contact in the county’s department of environmental health. While the county didn’t order him to postpone his event, Ames said the feedback he got convinced him he needed to act.
“The writing was on the wall — we’re at the 30-day mark and I didn’t want to delay making an announcement,” he said.
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