The 2020 iterations of both the Sea Otter Classic and Bespoked have fallen victim to concerns surrounding COVID-19.
New dates for Sea Otter, which was due to take place from 16th-19th April, will be announced by the middle of next week, president and CEO Frank Yohannan said. The Bicycle Leadership Conference will also be rescheduled.
Bespoked, meanwhile, has postponed its annual event until 16th-18th October.
The pair follow the Taipei Cycle Show, Mountain Mayhem and the NAHBS in being postponed or cancelled in 2020, with more sure to follow.
The full Sea Otter statement read:
Sea Otter Classic Supporters,
After a thorough review of the coronavirus threat, we’ve decided to reschedule April’s Sea Otter Classic. Additionally, People for Bikes and Sea Otter Classic will reschedule the Bicycle Leadership Conference.
We are coordinating with local authorities to determine the best dates to host the 2020 Sea Otter Classic and Bicycle Leadership Conference. We anticipate announcing those dates by the middle of next week.
Information regarding registration refunds and rollovers will be posted on our website once the new dates have been finalized.
Thank you again for your understanding and support during these challenging times.
A Bespoked release, meanwhile, stated:
Bespoked is a celebration of our global community and under the shadow of the Coronavirus, it feels this celebration will be severely compromised. The show attracts exhibitors, visitors and press from around the world and with travel being restricted and concerns about the spread of the virus, the May show would not be the enjoyable event for which it is renowned. The safety and enjoyment of all who attend Bespoked is paramount. Taking into account current information and guidelines from the World Health Organisation, NHS and the UK Government and listening to the concerns of our exhibitors the decision has been made to postpone the show to mid-October.
Bespoked will be held 15th-18th October at the same venue of Brunel’s Old Station and Engine Shed, Bristol. Exhibitors spaces will be carried over to the new dates. If anyone has any questions or the new dates present a difficulty, please contact Phil directly or email email@example.com
All presold entry tickets will be carried forward to the new dates. If anyone wishes to obtain a refund please contact our ticket agents directly to arrange this – www.ticketline.co.uk/info/customer-services