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It is with heavy hearts that we’re forced to postpone Solvang (again). SIGH.
We know each of you were looking forward to finally having an event after over 7 months of cancellations and disappointments. No one could have imagined that "2 weeks to flatten the curve" would become the rest of 2020, with constantly changing mandates and restrictions. While we've been trying our best to keep this event alive; California / Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties County have some very arbitrary, unfair, and frankly, ridiculous restrictions: Outdoor gyms can operate, hotels are open for tourists, L.A. allows mass gatherings in the name of "protesting," but we cannot host a cycling event on public roads, even with safety precautions including social distancing and face coverings at aid stations- for healthy athletes like yourselves. We received word from our host hotel that they could offer rooms, but they'd lose their business license if they hosted any type of event on property. San Luis Obispo has cancelled ALL permits for the remainder of the year with no specific reason given.
Planet Ultra is in the business of putting on world-class cycling events that get people outside riding bikes with their friends and loved ones, and promotes the physical and mental health of our communities. Sadly, we've now cancelled or postponed 14 events, barely squeaking by with two Utah-based events and our virtual double centuries and challenges. We're doing our best to stay afloat, staying positive and praying that 2021 is back to "normal;" so we don't have to shut down permanently.
Most, if not all of you, know that Planet Ultra is a two-person business, and this is what we do for our livelihood. To make our events happen, in addition to our time spent planning, entry fees are spent well in advance on permits, insurance, promotion, event supplies, giveaway items, event shirts, and much, much more.
As explained in our first postponement email, we’re simply not able to provide refunds. Even a deferment pushes our immense financial losses to another date, another event, another year. To be painfully honest, we’re hoping that under the circumstances, each participant would see that their individual entry fee is small loss compared to the absolute devastation we're suffering, along with many small businesses across the county that are still shut down for reasons beyond their control.
With respect to your entry fees, we have a few options for you, listed below.
We hope you and your loved ones stay healthy and safe.
Additional race information can be found at https://planetultra.com/solvang/.
Spectacular 200-mile or 200-kilometer routes in Southern California’s most popular and scenic cycling region!
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We always need volunteers! To provide a little incentive, when you, or your friend/spouse, volunteer for a Planet Ultra Double Century event, we give the volunteer a single day event entry for only $25. Please contact us to let us know when and where you’d like to help. Please note that the intent of our discounted entry offer is to encourage riders themselves to give something back to the sport they love. However, we also appreciate when riders bring along family and friends who they’ve recruited to help out; so the recruiter may use the $25 entry if the volunteer doesn’t want it. Ride coupons must be used within a year of the date of volunteering and must be redeemed during the early registration period.
Volunteers at Solvang may also choose to ride the route, unsupported or with private SAG, within two weeks of the event date to receive Triple Crown and Grand Slam credit. In the past we offered a supported staff ride, but we’ve had no interest in the past few years – and now only offer the unsupported option.
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