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BMX European Cup, World Cup and Framed Festival canceled

23 March 2020

After close consultation with the UEC, UCI and other parties Papendal has decided to cancel the BMX European Cup, World Cup and Framed Festival. This decision is inevitable due to the current corona crisis. The European Cup would take place at Papendal on 25 and 26 April, followed by the World Cup and Framed Festival from 1 to 3 May.

The outbreak of the corona virus has a major influence throughout the world. At this moment it is unknown how this crisis will develop the upcoming months. The measures that are taken in the Netherlands, as well as in other countries, forces us to cancel the BMX races and Framed Festival. The virus shuts down public life, training facilities are closed so riders cannot train and borders are closed which makes it impossible for people to travel.

Jochem Schellens, CEO Papendal: “This decision comes with pain in our hearts, but on the other hand we don’t feel like we have a choice. Our top priority is the safety and health of riders, staff members, volunteers, fans and other people involved. At this time it is irresponsible to organize an event that brings together thousands of (international) riders and fans. In addition we have a social responsibility. We cannot organize an event that would ask for extra effort of medical staff and police force. At this moment our public health and fighting the virus is number one.”

Riders who paid the registration fee and fans who bought tickets, will get a refund. They will be informed.

Papendal is open to explore the possibilities of organizing both BMX competitions later this year. However, looking at the circumstances right now, no statements can be made at this time.