After not only in our country, but also worldwide dozens of events were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the past week, we decided today, after consultation with the city of La Roche-en-Ardenne, the host city of the Belgian Mountainbike Challenge (BeMC) since the beginning, that the 2020 edition of the BeMC, which would normally take place from 7 to 10 May, will not take place.
We have made this difficult decision in order to maximize the protection of the health and safety of all participants, employees, supporters and residents of the region in which the competition is taking place. In addition, many participants may have difficulties or may even not be able to make the move to Belgium at all because of the travel restrictions that are in place here and there and may still be in force at the beginning of May.
At the same time, it was decided not to look for a new date for the 2020 edition in the already well-filled (international) calendar. The ninth edition of the Belgian Mountainbike Challenge will therefore take place in 2021.
We have no other option than to thank everyone who has already registered for the competition for their confidence and to ask them to understand this difficult decision and hope to see you all again in 2021. We also wish to explicitly thank all our partners and sponsors for the cooperation.
Finally, it may be noted that although the terms and conditions do not provide for a right to a refund in case the competition has to be canceled by the organization, in view of the exceptional and unforeseeable circumstances underlying the forced cancellation of the BeMC 2020 it was decided, in derogation of the general terms and conditions, to offer everyone who was registered on 15/03/2020 one of the options below*:
– all paid registrations for the BeMC 2020 can be transferred for free (including options) to BeMC 2021
– the amount paid for the BeMC 2020 (including options and excluding processing costs and ACTI+ insurance) can be used in full to register for BeMC 2022
– the amount paid for the BeMC 2020 (including options and excluding processing costs and ACTI+ insurance) can be refunded for 80% (option only available until 31/05/2020)
All participants will receive a personal email later this month with further explanation about the above options and how they let us know their choice.
*the exact conditions will be communicated to all participants later this month.