The race from Melbourne to Warrnambool in Australia was postponed just 24 hours before the start after the Victorian government announced a five- Lockdown of a circuit breaker due to a cluster of COVID-19 cases discovered in a quarantine hotel

The ‘Warrny’ was first held in 1895 and is legendary for its long distance of over 250 km, breathtaking roads and prestige It is part of the NRS racing series in Australia

This year’s race would have been 105 Should be edition, but the organizers now hope to hold the event later in 2021

“So much has been put into preparation and I’m just devastated for everyone involved,” said event director Karin Jones, announcing the news of the sudden postponement

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“I’m sorry for the staff, sponsors, organizers and especially the drivers who came from all over Australia because we were hoping this would have been one of the best events ever

“My family and I put a lot into this race and made it grow for everyone and that won’t stop because of this setback. We’ll be back with a bang bigger and stronger later in 2021”

Victoria State Prime Minister Daniel Andrews announced a sudden five-day lockdown on Friday after a group of COVID-19 cases emerged at a quarantine hotel

Victorians can only leave their homes to complete essential supplies, medical supplies, important work, and two hours of exercise. Shopping and exercise are three miles from the home. Face masks must be worn indoors and outdoors when not at home Home visitors are not allowed

Jones is running the race alongside the owners of Melbourne to Warrnambool, the Warrnambool Citizens Road Race Committee, who have been preparing for a bumper edition of the legendary race, and they are very keen to see the event happen again later this year

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“We believe the most prudent step is to allocate the time and space for Warrny 2021 to operate,” said committee chairman Shane Wilson

“We are very confident that a delay towards the end of the year will allow our great event to run in a COVID-free environment”

A new race date will be confirmed as soon as possible in order to provide clarity for all parties. Entries received for Melbourne to Warrnambool will be carried over to this new race date or may be refunded upon request by Cycling Australia

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