One of Off-Road motorcycling's largest beach races, the Weston Beach Race, has been cancelled for 2020 with a new date already set for October 1-3, 2021.

The news comes as little surprise as Covid-19 restrictions remain in place in the UK where the event has been held for 37 years. This despite the organisers RHL Activities maintaining hope for some time that the event could happen in October this year.

The Weston Beach Race was due to take place on October 9-11 and RHL Activities say they worked closely with North Somerset Council to host the event with considerable planning to comply with COVID guidelines but that, “unfortunately despite all efforts and working with the National Outdoor Events Association (NOEA) and the Council, North Somerset Council has reluctantly now made the difficult decision to postpone the event”.

Cllr Don Davies, Leader of the local Council, says postponing the internationally renowned event had been a difficult decision but in the best interests of protecting the local population as well as the event participants. “We appreciate that local business will be disappointed to lose such a major event, but we felt we had no choice. The council's priority is to keep people safe and reduce the spread of infection.” Said Davies.

Director of RHL Activities Gareth Hockey said: “I am devastated, the work that has gone into the preparation for this Beach Race, both by my team and all our contractors, to have the event postponed now, has completely floored me.

“This pandemic we are all in will hopefully pull us all together working as a team, both riders, council and organisers alike, in delivering the 38th Beach Race in 2021.”

Rider entries will be carried over to 2021, riders are urged to look out for updated information regarding the event.


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