USA Cycling’s 2020 Cyclocross Nationals were due to take place in DuPage County, Illinois. However, the state of Illinois has made the decision to heavily restrict events as part of their reopening plan, resulting in the cancellation of events such as the Chicago Cross Cup.
“The state of Illinois has made the decision to heavily restrict events as part of their reopening plan, resulting in the cancellation of events such as the Chicago Cross Cup. Due to these restrictions, we will not be able to hold Cyclocross Nationals in DuPage County,” USA Cycling National Events Director Tara McCarthy announced on the governing body’s web site August 6.
Due to these restrictions, the Cyclocross Nationals have been moved to Iowa City, IA at the Johnson County Fairgrounds.
“We are excited for the opportunity to host the 2020 Cyclocross National Championships.” said Josh Schamberger, president of Think Iowa City and co-organizer of the recent Telenet UCI Cyclocross World Cups. “The CX community knows us well so we are thankful for this opportunity. We also very clearly know what our community, state and world is facing with the COVID-19 pandemic. To that end, we have already begun aligning local/state medical officials”.
Jingle Cross, Inc, which puts on the Jingle Cross Cycling Festival in Iowa City, Iowa, announced August 6 it would postpone the 2020 event, scheduled for October 9-11, until 2021. The same venue that is used for the festival will be used for the nationals.
The event date for the national championships remains the same, December 8-13, with minor schedule changes. Based on the developing changes to the CX calendar in the US, USA Cycling will also modify qualification standards for elite racers.
“For 2020, Jingle Cross will redirect our energy and assist our long-time partners USA Cycling and Iowa City in hosting the USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships. We hope to bring a bit of Jingle Cross flare to Nationals,” said Jingle Cross organizers in a press release.
USA Cycling added that the pandemic situation will be closely monitored by all parties with close collaboration between event organizers, local and state health officials, and health care providers to ensure the December event for the new venue.
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