Just 24 hours after the confirmed cancellation of the Southern 100 the final events on the Manx Road Racing 2021 Calendar have also been cancelled – the 2021 Manx Grand Prix and Classic TT. Covid-19 has now ensured that it will be 2022 at the earliest before we see any racing back on the Isle of Man.
ISLE OF MAN GOVERNMENT CONFIRMS CLASSIC TT AND MANX GRAND PRIX 2021 CANCELLED
Following extensive consultation with representatives from key operational groups, the Isle of Man Government has taken the decision to cancel this year’s Classic TT and Manx Grand Prix. The races were due to run from Sunday 22nd August to Friday 3rd September.
Laurence Skelly, Minister for the Department for Enterprise, Isle of Man Government confirmed the decision today, saying:
The Isle of Man Southern 100 Club have confirmed via a Facebook Post that their 2021 event is now cancelled due to the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic.
2021 Southern 100 Becomes a Victim of Covid Virus
It is with much regret that the Directors of Southern 100 Racing must announce that the 2021 Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Southern 100 Road Races have been cancelled due to the ongoing Corona Virus pandemic and the uncertainty of the Isle of Man borders being fully open to general travel by July.
Isle of Wight Diamond Races Postponed Until 2022 :
It is hardly surprising but the Isle of Wight Diamond Races have been postponed until 2022 due to the ongoing Covid 19 Pandemic.
The event was due to launch in October 2021 but with ongoing travel restrictions, uncertainty around vaccines and when the restrictions are likely to lift the organisers have made the unfortunate but understandable decision to postpone the event.
Founder of the event and team leader Paul Sandford told bikesportnews.com: “We have got all the permissions in place from the Isle of Wight council and the ACU and we know what we need to do.
“These include traffic management plans, course preparation and managing teams to get on and off the island. So there’s a lot of money to be spent. But the big unknown we have got is covid so given the challenges we have we took the decision to move it to 2022.”
Coronavirus just keep on adding to list of events that have to be postponed and or cancelled and the Diamond Races inaugural event is the latest to fall victim.
The Directors and Management of the Motorcycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre) Ltd have taken the unfortunate but unavoidable decision to suspend the start of the 2021 Sporting Event Calendar.
Due to the current fluid situation with Covid 19 restrictions combined with pressure on our NHS, we believe this is the only responsible decision we can make at this time. We will review the situation as and when Government restriction is eased. Currently we are taking all guidance, advice from The Northern Ireland Executive, Minster of Health, Department of Communities and SportNI.
Earlier this week two of our flagship’s events were cancelled due to the pandemic, Tandragee 100 and the NW200. The Cookstown 100 are planning on running again in September as they managed to do in 2020. Armoy Road Race club are still hopeful of running on their end of July date.
Our first tarmac event is now planned for 5th June at Kirkistown, the first round of the Ulster Superbike Championship (USBK) and with several more rounds planned between June & October.
The Trials section had already planned to run into the summer months and will release more details in due course.
2020 was almost a wipe out of all our events with only one Road Race and one short circuit managing to run between the restriction and only with authority from Government departments. This announcement will be very disappointing for our Licence holders, Clubs, and supporters, but we must do what is best to keep everyone in the communities safe.
The 2021 Cookstown 100 has been postponed. The Cookstown Club made an official statement on 18th January 2021 confirming that their April 2021 would not be going ahead. All is not lost though, it has been postponed until September…
The directors of Cookstown & District Motorcycle Club (RR) Ltd held various conversations over the last few weeks in regards to the 2021 Cookstown 100 event which had been scheduled to take place on the last weekend in April 2021.
After receiving advice and information from various bodies in regards to the current situation within our community with the ongoing pandemic, the club has taken the decision to postpone our event until the 10th & 11th of September 2021.
We as organisers of the event are extremely disappointed, but we must put the health and safety of our residents, officials, competitors and spectators first.
Whilst it is welcomed that the current vaccine process has began, the time frame of which the vaccine will be distributed to everyone in the community, means the timing of our event in April brings too much uncertainty to competitors, spectators and of coarse to the club ourselves.
While this may come as a disappointment to many, we must act in a responsible way and allow time for the vaccine to help protect the community and also allow time for the NHS to become less overwhelmed.
We hope that by giving extra time in 2021 before running our event, we are in a much better position in our community by September and we will bring another great few days racing, just as we did in 2020.
2021 Tandragee 100 Road Races have been cancelled.
The Tandragee Club have confirmed via a Facebook Post that their 2021 event is now cancelled due to the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic.
***Press Release – 2021 Around A Pound Tandragee 100 Cancelled***
First and foremost, the safety of our society, more than ever, has to come first. Tonight’s announcement to cancel the 2021 Tandragee 100 National Motorcycle Road Races has been taken with the intention of keeping people safe. We look forward to returning in 2022.
It is important not only to consider the safety of our volunteers and officials, local residents and landowners, local businesses, the competitors and of course our spectators but also the wider general public. If we are to collectively reduce the spread of the disease and lessen the impact COVID 19 will have in the longer term we believe to gather in large numbers for our event is not appropriate given the circumstances.
Whilst the implementation of the COVID 19 Vaccines is welcome news, it is likely that only the most vulnerable and our precious HSC workforce will have received the first dose by the end of February with the second dose not completed until potentially the end of May. This will mean the full effect for these groups won’t be galvanised until June. In addition, it is likely that the rest of the population who want to avail of it won’t be vaccinated until autumn 2021.
At a time when our Health & Social Care Services are once again managing significantly increased demand we must not place an additional strain on their precious resources. Many of our event medical team and first aiders will still be needed to contribute to the HSC response across Northern Ireland and we also would not wish to potentially divert HSC ambulance and hospital resources to deal with any event related requirements. To all those involved in the response to COVID 19 we thank you.
As a Club we are of course very disappointed to have to take this decision to delay our 60th Anniversary Celebrations for a second time, however, it is the right thing to do. We believe it is important to let everyone involved know at the earliest opportunity, so everyone is not disadvantaged in any way. We will need everyone’s continued support in 2022 to enable us to celebrate our 60th Anniversary and deliver a truly exciting event.
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our loyal sponsors for their understanding and support. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this announcement causes. Our overall sponsor Gerard Rice from Around A Pound has indicated his support for this decision and agrees that the health of the population is just too important to jeopardise.
Never has the phrase ‘all in it together’ been so pertinent and just so important. The COVID 19 vaccines provide the long-term hope and the current lockdown offers the opportunity to shorten the duration of the current surge. We can all play our part too by staying at home, practising social distancing, good hand hygiene and wearing face coverings. We must all put our health first, don’t take any unnecessary risks. Keep up to date with and follow the advice given by the Public Health Agency. Think about the vulnerable in our society and act with compassion towards each other.
To anyone who is currently affected by COVID 19 and to those who will later become so, you are in our thoughts and prayers not only now but in the coming weeks and months.
2021 Cookstown 100 Tickets Update : Tickets Now On Sale :
The Cookstown Club have announced that tickets for the 2021 are now available for purchase.
**spectators information for online booking**
Due to being inundated with personal messages and emails regarding pre booking packages for the event in 2021,the club are now opening the online booking system up again from today and will remain open until the limited number of packages are reached.
You can pre book packages by booking via paypal. Enter email@example.com and use the friend option. (THIS IS THE ONLY EMAIL ADDRESS WHICH CAN BE USED TO BOOK PACKAGES THROUGH)
The price of each package is £25 and will include your programme, a wristband to gain access to event and postage cost.(AN ADDRESS MUST BE PROVIDED WHEN BOOKING PLEASE)
Please be aware these packages are non refunable when booked (unless the event is cancelled by organisers, then a full refund will be issued)
As per last year and with the current ongoing situation with pandemic continuing into 2021, it is very clear the event will have to be ran with limited numbers of spectators to be allowed to go ahead in a safe way.
There has been alot of christmas vouchers already issued, (many thanks to those who purchased these) so please be aware these packages are now extremely limited.
Please note.. No packages will be issued after the limited numbers has been reached, nor will be accessible via any club member when online booking has been closed.
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