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Bicycle Racing News and Opinion,
Wednesday, July 8, 2020

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Sea Otter Classic cancels October Monterey event, plans virtual Sea Otter Play experience

Bicycle Retailer & Industry News posted this:

MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Organizers of the Sea Otter Classic on Wednesday announced that the 2020 event, which had been rescheduled for October, will not be held.

Instead, they will hold Sea Otter Play, a virtual experience that will include product launches, cycling challenges, fundraising for COVID-19 relief and other features. Sea Otter Play's presenting sponsor is Continental and the event will be held in mid-September.

"After frequent discussions with Monterey County health officials, it has become clear that we cannot host an event that will meet our health and safety standards," event CEO and president Frank Yohannan said in a letter to partners on Wednesday.

Yohannan said more information regarding the cancellation of the Sea Otter Classic and the Bicycle Leadership Conference will be available on July 17.

You can read the entire story here.

British retailer Halfords and the two-wheel boom

The Economist posted this:

Most British retailers have suffered horribly during the pandemic lockdown. Bike shops are an exception. Branded an “essential service” by the government, they remained open. People abandoned potentially dangerous trains and buses for the joys of cycling solo. In April alone bike sales rose by 60% year-on-year, and more than doubled at the cheaper end. Investors were certainly expecting Halfords, Britain’s biggest bike retailer, with 446 shops in Britain, to have benefited from the boom. In its preliminary annual results, released today, the company reported that bike sales climbed 57% in the 13 weeks to July 3rd, while revenue from bike repairs increased by 42% over the same period.

You can read the entire piece here.

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