CHIEFS of the Cookstown 100 road races have made the call to scrub the traditional April dates in favour of a late 2021 running.
One of the early scraps on the national calendar and the only one to run in 2020, the Orritor Circuit battle was set to kick off this season on the last weekend of April.
But talks over recent weeks regarding the changing situation with pandemic restrictions, both in Northern Ireland and globally, and a winding down clock giving them just shy of three months’ prep time, have forced bosses to look at alternative dates.
A statement from CMDCC Chairman John Dillon this evening said:
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 and 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 course 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.
Last season, Derek Sheils, Adam McLean, and Paul Jordan were all among the winners in a rain-hit September scrap as racers packed what was effectively an entire season of road racing into just a day.