Montréal, July 16, 2020 – As promised on July 2, the organizers of the Grands Prix Cyclistes de Québec et de Montréal (GPCQM) today issued a further update on the situation regarding the presentation of their races, the only UCI WorldTour events held in the Americas, scheduled for September 11 and 13 in Québec City and Montréal respectively.
With eight weeks to go until the races, the current directives issued by the various European, Canadian and Québec public health authorities involved represent various types of uncertainty, which in turn mean multiple operational and financial challenges for the organizers, including:
- The opening of international borders and the easing of health restrictions with respect to air travel and accommodations prevailing in September;
- The mandatory 14-day quarantine order, currently in effect until August 31, covering all persons entering Canada, which would affect riders, support staff, UCI officials, television crew members, journalists, etc.;
- The ban on the holding of large events in Québec, currently in effect through August 31.
As a responsible promoter, we will make whatever decisions are required, not only to ensure compliance with health requirements, but also to compensate for the operational and financial impacts on our organization should the GPCQM be held under the conditions now prevailing. Out of great consideration for all of the global cycling stakeholders involved (teams, riders, support staff, and governing bodies), our partners, the public, and our loyal team, we will therefore be announcing a decision regarding the presentation of the 2020 GPCQM by July 31.
We remain in close contact with our public- and private-sector partners as well as with all cycling bodies and public health authorities concerned, with a view to remaining properly informed and making the most respectful decision for everyone.
In these difficult and uncertain times, our priority remains the health and safety of everyone.
Serge Arsenault and the entire GPCQM team