While USA Cycling is still hopeful that it can pull off a 2020 Cyclocross Nationals in one of the most COVID-19-stricken metro areas in the world, in a country with the most COVID-19 cases and deaths, Cycling Canada has pulled the plug on its Cyclocross Nationals.

Canada is way down in 78th in per-capita COVID-19 cases (the U.S. is 10th), but the event, scheduled for November 21-22, a few weeks before the USA Cycling Nationals date, won’t happen in Langford, British Columbia this year to protect public health and prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The event is scheduled to return to Langford in 2021 and 2022.

See the official press release below.

Ottawa, ON—As the 2020 calendar year progresses, Cycling Canada continues to monitor the national health crisis with regards to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of continuously evolving public health guidelines, Cycling Canada has made the decision, in conjunction with Cycling BC and the Wheelhouse Cycling Society, to cancel the 2020 Canadian Cyclo-cross Championships and Bear Crossing Grand Prix, originally scheduled to take place from November 21-22, 2020.

Jenn Jackson was aggressive early in Saturday's race. 2019 Shimano Canadian Cyclocross National Championships. © Nick Iwanyshyn

Jenn Jackson was aggressive early in Saturday’s race. 2019 Shimano Canadian Cyclocross National Championships. © Nick Iwanyshyn

As has been the case since the beginning of this pandemic, Cycling Canada and our national event organizers will continue to operate our events calendar in a manner that supports first and foremost the health and safety of our members and the general public. Although there will be no national cyclo-cross races this year, we look forward to returning to Langford for the 2021 and 2022 editions of the Canadian Cyclo-cross Championships.

Cycling Canada will continue to monitor the feasibility of hosting National Championship events, and will make a final decision regarding the 2020 Canadian Track Championships no later than the end of September.

For an up-to-date list of canceled or postponed events on the national calendar, please consult the event list on the Cycling Canada website. For more information regarding Cycling Canada recommendations, please consult our COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions.