The fourth edition of the Alberto Contador Foundation Race for Cycling Academies will have to wait until next year. Its organization, after carefully studying the ‘Protocol for the Adaptation of the Competition on the occasion of the COVID’ published by the Madrid Cycling Federation in early July, raises a series of logistical complications of complex solution that invite to focus on the 2021 edition.
The health emergency of the coronavirus has had a notable impact on daily life. The entry into the so-called ‘new normality’ requires a series of additional protective measures in the implementation of any event, activity or discipline that from the Alberto Contador Foundation are considered absolutely necessary.
At the same time, however, these requirements pose new questions and require the participation of new actors in the preparation of the event, which will reduce the signs of identity with which it was born: to be a multitudinous bicycle festival, a day where the recreational and competitive aspects come together. A test of these characteristics and with this motivation generates multiple scenarios when controlling or limiting the interactions between individuals or following the indications established by this protocol. The particularities of this test, the experience drawn from the three editions held and the difficulty of absolute control invite to take this decision.
The Alberto Contador Foundation’s Race for Cycling Academies has become a reference point in the formative cycling calendar in just three editions thanks to its many participants, with clubs from all over Spain and other countries, or to the parallel celebration of popular races. The last event in the Madrid academies cycling calendar has brought together the three hundred participants in its previous editions, an important number to which must be added that of family members and companions. In 2019, a dozen Spanish provinces were represented.
Fran Contador, head of the Alberto Contador Foundation: “All of us who in one way or another are part of the Foundation and its teams enjoyed the atmosphere of such a special event, with so many children having a great day on the bike, with the possibility of seeing Alberto and having a photo taken with him… That’s why it’s a real shame to have to make this decision. The academies race has been a great success since its first edition and we really enjoyed this work with the children. Education through the bicycle, reflected in initiatives such as this, is a fundamental work within the Foundation. That’s why we have to stress how punctual and exceptional this decision is”.
Felix Garcia Casas, head of the Cycling Academy Plaza Eboli and sports manager of the sports structures of the Foundation: “In my opinion we have no alternative to ensure the safety of children, which is always one of the great objectives, and on the other hand neither do we want to make the event more minority. It’s a school race, but for us it’s a celebration of cycling, of its diffusion, a reason for the children of Pinto to come to know what a race is like, to participate. Unfortunately, we decided to postpone it, but we are already working to resume it with the same level of organization, participation and attention that we have had in previous editions. One of the great objectives of the Foundation is to promote the practice of cycling and the school race is fundamental to the achievement of this goal”.
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