British Cycling, the organisers of the 2020 Tour of Britain which was due to start in on Penzance promenade in front of the Queens Hotel this September, have taken the decision to postpone until 2021.
They deemed that it was impossible to host a safe race this year in light of the current Covid-19 pandemic.
The race was s expected to bring a ‘massive boost’ to Cornwall’s economy. Organisers were hoping for 180,000 spectators and independent economic reports estimated that the event would have generated more than £3 million of additional spending in the Duchy.
Cornwall is still scheduled to host the opening stages of the race in 2021 and it will be the first time the Tour of Britain has raced through Cornwall.
Cornwall Councillor Tim Dwelly said: “While it is disappointing to see the race postponed for this year, there really was no choice for the organisers.
“Hosting an event like the Tour of Britain takes a lot of hard work and preparation. The postponement of the race is an understandable development as we are dealing with the effects of a global pandemic.
“I am delighted that the organisers have agreed to simply push the race back for 12 months. Our team has already carried out an immense amount of work for this year’s race, and this will prove essential when it comes to successfully hosting the opening stage next year.
“Having the Tour of Britain in Cornwall offers us a chance to show our wonderful corner of the world off to a global audience, and will provide a much-needed boost for our towns and our tourist industry next year.”
The dates for the 2021 event are from Sunday 5 to Sunday 12 September.
Britain’s biggest professional cycle race will see 120 professional riders start on Penzance promenade and finish in Bodmin after visits to St Ives, Redruth, Falmouth, Truro, and the Eden Project at St Austell.