Montréal, Wednesday, April 15, 2020 – The organizers of the Grands Prix Cyclistes de Québec et de Montréal (GPCQM) are taking very seriously the situation and the risks related to COVID-19. The health and safety of riders, teams and spectators, as well as our employees, consultants and volunteers are our priority. With that in mind, we are continuing to closely monitor the progress of the pandemic and to follow all recommendations from local, national and international authorities. We are also in contact with the various organizations and federations that we belong to, including the International Cycling Union (UCI). As such, we wish to issue the following update to our position following this morning’s announcement by the UCI.
The UCI continues to work on the revision of the 2020 WorldTour calendar to achieve the best outcomes possible for its key stakeholders—namely, the cyclists, the teams and the race organizers. It is essential that any revised season schedule include the Tour de France. This event is the cornerstone of world cycling, and the health of our sport depends on it. The UCI news release also states that as many events as possible on the UCI International Calendar, notably the WorldTour races, will be rescheduled for later in the season.
With regard to the GPCQM, decisions must be made jointly with all of our public partners, and will be announced on May 15 at the latest.
“We are closely following the evolving health situation around the world, which is severely affecting the sports industry,” said Serge Arsenault, founder and president of the GPCQM. “Public health, of course, remains an absolute priority of our organization. Based on the latest available information, the Grands Prix Cyclistes de Québec et de Montréal, the only UCI WorldTour races in the Americas, are still on the 2020 calendar, and we are working with the UCI and all cycling stakeholders with that goal in mind. That said, however, we will be in a position by mid-May to make a decision about holding of our races.”
We will continue to update you on developments.
We eagerly await the resumption of the various cycling events, and we ask all fans to stay more responsible and united than ever.
Serge Arsenault, President of the GPCQM
Your entire GPCQM team