Vantage Age Group Road National Championships
Cycling New Zealand
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Updated 10.00am 28/5/2020
On behalf of Cycling New Zealand and Cycling New Zealand Road & Track, we wanted to extend our thanks to all of you who have shown support and patience during these challenging times.
In announcing the original postponement (from April to July) we indicated that we will be monitoring the Covid-19 progress, government guidelines pertaining to the resumption of mass gatherings, including sport and recreation, our own risk mitigations for the event, and any travel restrictions in place and would be making a final decision no later than 19th June.
We continue to review our ability to meet and support the intent of the government guidelines, the health and safety of all those associated with the event and the ability to deliver a safe, fair, supported and sustainable event.
We do however recognise there is strong desire from all of our stakeholders to know sooner rather than later, and as such we wanted to update you with the latest information to help you commit to your training and planning.
Our intent to deliver this event will be conditional on the government increasing the limit on 8th June to at least 500 for outside gatherings, and the confirmation we can continue to mitigate the risks and support the intent of the Covid-19 rules.
If the announcement on the 8th June does not meet those expectations above (or we are unable to continue to mitigate the risks), then the 2020 Age Group Road National Championships will be cancelled.
We will make a final announcement on the 9th June.
Ability to meet Government Guidelines
We believe we can run the event in Level 2 if the government increases the maximum for gatherings to 500. This is based on the expected number of riders for each day of the event. Noting that the current government limit (from Friday 29th May) is still only 100, we are confident that the country will continue to benefit from the hard work of abiding by the Covid-19 rules, and that these limits will continue to increase. The government have indicated they will review the 100 person limit on Monday 8th June.
Health and Safety
The health and safety of all those associated with the event is paramount. In reviewing the specific risks that this event may present, we believe we can successfully implement additional processes such as contact tracing, social distancing (does not apply when racing) and hygiene messaging to fully support the intent and requirements of these guidelines. This may include limiting the attendance each day to only those who are racing (eg: only TT riders at the venue on Friday), limiting the number of support persons you are able to bring to the event, how presentations take place etc.
Safe, fair, supported and sustainable event.
Thank you to the 700+ of you who responded to the recent survey. 70% of you support the event continuing. This has given us a strong message that a majority of our membership will support and enter the event. As we said, without you, there is no championships; so we are grateful to those of you who took the time to let us know where you were at in terms of your personal return to racing.
We acknowledge the continued support from our naming sponsor, Vantage Windows and Doors, the Central Hawkes Bay District Council, Cycling CHB (our host club) and our officials who have all committed to continuing to support the event.
How can you play your part?
- Support our plan to race and enter!
- Support our host region and plan your weekend here!
- Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands.
- COVID-19 is still out there. Play it safe.
- Keep your distance from other people in public.
- If you’re sick or have symptoms, stay home. Don’t go to work or school. Don’t socialise. Don’t attend club racing.
- If you have symptoms of cold or flu call your doctor or Healthline and get tested.
- Sneeze and cough into your elbow, regularly disinfect surfaces.
- If you have been told to self-isolate, you must do so immediately.
- Keep a track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen.
Cycling New Zealand and Cycling New Zealand Road & Track are listening, we know that a majority of you want to race and we share your desire to hold the 2020 Age Group Road National Championships event as planned in Waipukurau on 17-19th July. Keep an eye out on our channels for our announcement June 9th.
The Vantage Age Group Road National Championships including the Para Cycling Championships will be held in Waipukurau from 17 - 19 July 2020.
This event will see the best Age Group (Youth, Junior, Senior, Masters and Para) riders compete for Time Trial and Road Racing titles.
The 2020 event format will be held over a 3-day format and features a Time Trial event and a Road Race.
All serious recreational riders are encouraged to get behind this event and support the Club riding system.
The U19 event is a UCI Category event with a National Jersey to be awarded.
The event is organised by Cycling New Zealand with support from host club - Cycling CHB.