The Dr Evil Classic is in its ninth year and is traditionally held each year in Plettenberg Bay in September. The event was voted one of the top five short distance stage races in the country by the South African cycling community on a Tread / Garmin survey in January 2020. It has sold out for the past six years, with 350 riders participating. A large percentage of these riders then often also do the CCPP Group Lions Karoo to Coast on the same weekend in September.
said the event owners, Leon Evans and Zandile Meneses.
The event owners value the entrants to date and would like to propose the options, listed below:
1. Your fully paid entry can be transferred to the 2021 event at the 2020 rate.
2. There will be no additional charge in 2021 for those who migrate their entries.
3. Your entry can be sold and transferred to someone else, with no substitution fee charged – before the end of July 2021.
4. A cash refund of 50% of your entry will be allowed.
Your ongoing support is of great value to us and our aim is to present a world class event again in 2021 for our cyclists.
Positive and welcome news during a tricky time is the commitment from the events new title partner – CCPP Group – who have graciously agreed to honour the partnership with the event in 2021. This means that the event will have a strong title partner on board for the 2021 version. Clint Cawood – CEO of CCPP Group expressed this commitment:
As things stand there is no certainty as to what the situation will be in September, but all indications are at mass gatherings will still not be allowed by then. Our local authorities have informed us that they expect the effects of the virus to remain significant in September, and they therefore – at this point – cannot support the event taking place. The uncertainty also impacts our visitors who may not be allowed to travel, sponsor partners who would not be able to host staff and guests- if the health risk is high or if leisure travel is still banned.
With so much uncertainty, combined with the real health risks that visitors to the event could still be exposed to, there is unfortunately no other option but to postpone the event to 2021. The health of our employees, sponsor staff, competitors and their support crew, spectators, suppliers and the Plettenberg Bay residents is the most important issue to consider at this time.
added the organiser.