Montréal, Québec, Friday, April 3, 2020 – Amidst the upheavals we are all facing, we would like you to know that the Grands Prix Cyclistes de Québec et de Montréal organizers are taking very seriously the situation and the risks related to COVID-19. The health and safety of cyclists, our employees, consultants and volunteers, our partners, and of course our spectators, are vital and of the highest priority. With that in mind, we are continuing to monitor the developing situation very closely and following all recommendations from local, national and international authorities.
We are also in daily contact with the various organizations and federations that we belong to, including the International Cycling Union (UCI). In addition, on April 1 the UCI brought together, for the second time in two weeks, all of the representatives of professional road cycling’s extended family—the AIOCC (race organizers), the AIGCP (teams) and the CPA (riders)—to discuss the situation of professional cycling in relation to the pandemic.
Following that meeting, and in light of the health situation worldwide, the UCI and its stakeholders made the unanimous decision to prolong the suspension of all cycling competitions through to June 1, 2020, and until further notice.
When the cycling season resumes, priority will be given to the events already on the UCI WorldTour calendar (updated at the uci.org website) as of the resumption date decreed by the competent authorities. As a reference, you can consult the UCI press release published on 1 April by clicking here.
The UCI is working on a framework for the future UCI international road racing calendar, based on its exchanges with the stakeholders, and giving priority for now to the three Grand Tours and the Monuments races. The outcome of that internal consultation will be communicated when conditions are right.
Our organization understands and supports this decision by the UCI. In that sense, taking into account the available information and unless decided otherwise, the Grands Prix Cyclistes de Québec et de Montréal (GPCQM) will take place on September 11 and 13, respectively, i.e., in a little over five months’ time.
We are of course in continual contact with government bodies, the various road cycling organizations and all competent authorities, and over the coming weeks and months we will follow the recommendations deemed necessary by the experts so that, when the time comes, we can deliver the optimum scenarios to ensure the safety, security and wellness of all our audiences during the 11th edition of the GPCQM.
We will continue to update you on developments.
We eagerly await the day when racing will begin again around the world, and we ask all fans to stay more united and stronger than ever.
Serge Arsenault, President of the GPCQM
Your entire GPCQM team