Australia’s biggest cycling race, the Tour Down Under has now officially been cancelled due to the pandemic.
January’s tour, along with Victoria’s Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, both announced that their 2021 events will not be going ahead within minutes of each other.
It will be the first time since 1999 that the Tour Down Under has not gone ahead, with organisers pointing to soaring virus numbers in the US and Europe making the event unviable.
News of the event’s cancellation comes following the government’s shock announcement that the city’s iconic Supercars event had also been axed.
Organisers of the race, Events SA say that the international nature of the Tour Down Under ultimately made it unviable.
“Unfortunately in the end it was the international component, with over 400 people that make up the international teams, that proved to be the most difficult to overcome,” Events SA executive director Hitaf Rasheed said.
“The complexities and risks involved with quarantining and international border closures have ultimately proved too much to ask of some of the teams.”
The Tour Down Under was set to be held from January 19-24, Events SA is planning a domestic cycling event in lieu of the UCI WorldTour race.