The two022 biking calendar has already suffered its first casualties, with The two marquee Australian races – the Santos Tour Down Beneath and Cadel’s Good Ocean Road Race – referred to as off for a second consecutive yr.
Although the events are held in separate states – South Australia for the Tour Down Beneath, Victoria for Cadel’s Road Race – the destiny of The two has been linked For As prolonged as They’ve co-existed, typeing a block of racing Inside the early season.
As was the case in 2021, the logistics of bringing the peloton and its entourage to Australia has confirmed too difficult As a Outcome of of uncertainty Throughout The proceedd COVID-19 pandemic.
“The Santos Tour Down Beneath is a a lot-liked event on the world biking and Australian sporting calendar and An important financial driver for South Australia, attracting 44,000 people, injecting 742 jobs and Greater than $66 million into the financial system when final held in 2020,” said Hitaf Rasheed, Events South Australia Authorities Director. “We now have absolutely explored all avenues, however sadly In The Long time period it was the border closures and quarantine requirements for Greater than 400 People that make up the worldwide teams that proved to nonetheless be too troublesome To beat.”
A separate press launch from Go to Victoria landed shortly after the Tour Down Beneath announcement, studying that “Go to Victoria has been suggested that the WorldTour Teams Shall be unable to journey to Australia for January’s elite biking calendar due to nationwide quarantine challenges.”
“All of us know That is disappointing for race organisers, our companions, communities aprolongedside the Surf Coast and biking followers from All by way of who love the Cadel Evans Good Ocean Road Race,” Go to Victoria CEO Brendan McClements said.
As in 2021, the Tour Down Beneath will Get changed with the Santos Pageant of Cycling – a program of events across a quantity of disciplines and places which final yr included cyclocross, parabiking, monitor biking, MTB, BMX and a nationwide-diploma road race.
“Adelaide in January is all about biking and our biking pals from All by way of Australia gathering right here. Although worldwide primary events proceed to be difficult, We’ll rejoice biking in January 2022 in Definitely one of The solely methods we Understand how and welcome visitors to Adelaide as quickly as as quickly as extra to kick off The mannequin new yr,” said Premier of South Australia, Steven Marshall.
Go to Victoria’s press launch signifies that the state is exploring decisions for A world biking event later in 2022, however provides no further particulars about what type Which will take.
In A worldwide context, Australia has dodged the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, with comparatively low case levels As in contrast with a lot of The Reprimaryder of the world. The nation is, however, battling a Delta outbreak across its two most populous states wright hereas it concurrently races To enhance vaccination levels To permit a return to some diploma of normality. South Australia is effectively COVID-free, however has closed its borders to Victoria and New South Wales.