The 2020 instalment of Mountain Mayhem will postpone until 2021, with organisers citing the Government’s new advice on crowd gatherings as its reason for cancelling.
The statement from organiser Jill Greenfield reads:
Following the government announcement about the possibility of the cancellation of large public events in order to help stop the spread of Coronavirus, organisers of Mountain Mayhem 24hr MTB endurance event, due to be held at Marston Lodge on 19th, 20th and 21st June have cancelled the event.
We always take out our insurance policy just before we start ordering all our equipment, as obviously that is a huge expense for us. I checked with our insurer this morning and we were told that it is no longer possible to get any cancellation insurance from any company. We cannot put ourselves, our sponsors, the traders, our suppliers or of course our riders in that position, so we have taken the decision now to cancel Mayhem 2020 and postpone until 2021. We hope that everyone will understand our position and the decision we had no choice but to make. We will of course give full refunds to all who have paid to date.
The event is one of many impacted to date by the spread of the flu-like virus, with the Taipei Cycle Show perhaps the most notable to declare a postponement, although a rebranded special event will take place in May. China Cycle will run as normal in Shanghai, according to this statement from the organisers.