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New Date: April 3, 2021
It is with heavy hearts that we’re forced to cancel our Gran Fondo Las Vegas.
USA Cycling cancelled all permits; and with that, our insurance. Clark County is calling for all non-essential events to cancel or postpone and has forbidden gatherings in public parks (where we host aid stations). International and domestic travel has been restricted. While we do believe we could have made our event safe, our hands are tied. We do not want to jeopardize our ability to obtain permits for future events. More importantly, we respect the public health concerns and want to be sure everyone stays safe and healthy.
We share your frustration and anger. It certainly feels that the world has gone crazy. But let’s each take a long, deep breath. We are in this together.
We know each of you has trained and has looked forward to our event. We too have put countless hours and energy into planning and preparation. We are devastated by this turn of events.
Please know that we are not in the business of taking people’s money, we are in the business of putting on world-class cycling events. Events that get people outside riding bikes with their friends and loved ones, and promote the physical and mental health of our communities. We have been working day non-stop to keep this event alive; all the way up to this last minute when the decision was taken out of our hands. For Planet Ultra, sadly, this isn’t just about this Gran Fondo. We’ve had to postpone four other events. We certainly hope the situation will diffuse before the entire cycling season is shut down by this crisis.
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.
We’re simply not able to provide refunds. Most events, even those with huge corporate sponsors or run by big business are not offering refunds.
Please understand that 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 very small loss compared to the devastation we're suffering, along with many small businesses across the county and around the globe that are being shut down for reasons beyond their control.
Our plan is that every registered person may choose one of the following:
1. Defer entry to our April 3, 2021, Gran Fondo Las Vegas;
2. Transfer entry to our October 10, 2020, Tri States Gran Fondo;
3. Entry fee credit towards our November 21, 2020, Death Valley Century.
If you’d like to instead contribute your entry fee to keep Planet Ultra afloat through this crisis, we will humbly accept your generosity with sincere gratitude. Please advise us what you wish to do.
We hope you and your loved ones stay healthy and safe.
Deborah & Brian Bowling
Additional race information can be found at http://www.PlanetUltra.com.
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