Posted by Editoress on 12/16/20
Cycling Canada released the 2021 National Calendar on September 30th [see 2021 National Racing Calendar Announced], but left out the dates for the Track and Cyclo-cross national championships. They have now released those dates, with the Track Nationals for Elite/Masters/Para to take place on September 23-26 at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre in Milton, Ontario, and the 'Cross Nationals on November 27th in Langford, BC.
"2020 has been a challenging year for all those involved - directly and indirectly - in the delivery of cycling events across the country," said Josh Peacock, Events & Partnerships Manager at Cycling Canada. "We are thrilled to continue to work with a dedicated group of local organizing committees and host communities who remain committed to welcoming the highest level of national cycling events to their regions for 2021. Cycling Canada will continue to work within local public health guidelines to ensure that nationally sanctioned events are delivered in the safest possible manner, and remain optimistic that a return to competition remains in sight."
The 2021 Elite, Masters and Para Canadian Track Championships will include the para-cycling categories that were previously part of the U19/U17 Track Nationals. Unfortunately, due to the current COVID-19 trends, Cycling Canada is not in a position to announce spring dates for the U17/Junior Track Championships at this time. Cycling Canada will continue to monitor the effects of the pandemic closely and review all possible options to identify a potential summer or fall date for the safe return of this important event.
Originally slated for the early months of 2021, organizers of the Western Track Challenge have also made the decision to postpone the event to a later date, citing March or May 2021 as preferred options. Cycling Canada, in conjunction with Cycling BC and the Burnaby Velodrome Club, will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates for confirmed postponement dates as they become available.
The 'Cross Nationals will kick off on November 27th with the 2021 Canadian Cyclo-cross Championships in Langford, BC, followed by the UCI C2 sanctioned Bear Crossing Grand Prix the next day. Both events will take place at Langford's newly constructed Jordie Lunn Bike Park featuring Canada's first full-time purpose-built cyclo-cross course.
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