PLETTENBERG BAY, South Africa, 10th July 2020 – Due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic the 2020 CCPP Group Dr Evil Classic 3 Day Stage Race has been postponed to the 23rd to the 25th September 2021.
The Dr Evil Classic is in its ninth year and is traditionally held each year in Plettenberg Bay in September. The event was voted one of the top five short distance stage races in the country by the South African cycling community on a Tread / Garmin survey in January 2020. It has sold out for the past six years, with 350 riders participating. A large percentage of these riders then often also do the CCPP Group Lions Karoo to Coast on the same weekend in September.
“It is after a great deal of thought and with a heavy hart that we have had to make this decision,” said the event owners, Leon Evans and Zandile Meneses. “It was our intention to run the event in September this year, and we had put plans in place to do so, but it has become apparent in our ongoing discussions with all role players that there is too much uncertainty as to whether to host the event during that time. The event has a great reputation for being generous in terms of value for money and rider experience and we cannot compromise on the quality or safety around the 2020 edition. The current reality is that the risk to go ahead in 2020 outweighs the option to postpone the event to 2021.”
The event owners value the entrants to date and would like to propose the options, listed below:
- Your fully paid entry can be transferred to the 2021 event at the 2020 rate.
- There will be no additional charge in 2021 for those who migrate their entries.
- Your entry can be sold and transferred to someone else, with no substitution fee charged – before the end of July 2021.
- A cash refund of 50% of your entry will be allowed.
Your ongoing support is of great value to us and our aim is to present a world class event again in 2021 for our cyclists.
Positive and welcome news during a tricky time is the commitment from the events new title partner – CCPP Group – who have graciously agreed to honour the partnership with the event in 2021. This means that the event will have a strong title partner on board for the 2021 version. Clint Cawood – CEO of CCPP Group expressed this commitment. “ This gives us an opportunity to take the event up a level in 2021– the event is looking at ways to improve the rider experience and they are considering inclusive packages and new activations for the race villages and routes to be included in the 2021 edition of the Dr Evil Classic.”
As things stand there is no certainty as to what the situation will be in September, but all indications are at mass gatherings will still not be allowed by then. Our local authorities have informed us that they expect the effects of the virus to remain significant in September, and they therefore – at this point – cannot support the event taking place. The uncertainty also impacts our visitors who may not be allowed to travel, sponsor partners who would not be able to host staff and guests- if the health risk is high or if leisure travel is still banned.
With so much uncertainty, combined with the real health risks that visitors to the event could still be exposed to, there is unfortunately no other option but to postpone the event to 2021. The health of our employees, sponsor staff, competitors and their support crew, spectators, suppliers and the Plettenberg Bay residents is the most important issue to consider at this time.
“We would like to thank our sponsor partners for their understanding and support with the situation we are faced with, and look forward to working with them to host a successful 2021 event,” added the organiser.
Please contact us at email@example.com by the end of July 2020 to confirm the refund option that you choose or if you have any questions.