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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

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2021 edition of the Vuelta a San Juan is cancelled

In recent years the Argentine race race, held in late January, had been the first race of the season for many riders. Several European big names had announced their intention to ride the 2021 edition, but with the Covid-19 crisis raging, it looked to become a purely South American event. On Monday, the 11th, the race was cancelled.

Fernando Gaviria

Fernando Gaviria winning stage seven of the 2020 edition of the Vuelta a San Juan.

Here is a Google translation of the organizer's announcement:

The organization of the Vuelta a San Juan informs that it has decided to suspend the Vuelta Ciclística a San Juan, which is part of the UCI Pro Series 2021 Calendar.

The decision responds to the facts of public and well-known knowledge, and the recommendations of national and international organizations with reference to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

San Juan will continue working with the same passion and spirit for the growth of the sport and of this Argentine classic that will seek in the coming years to maintain its international character in which the world's cyclists will continue to shine in our land, when this health situation has been overcome.

We reiterate our gratitude to the prestigious brands and sponsors that support the Vuelta a San Juan year after year. Also, to all the teams and athletes that make the province proud with their presence. No situation can diminish San Juan's passion for cycling.

2020 bike unit imports up nearly 30% through November

Bicycle Retailer & Industry News posted this report:

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — Bike imports in the first 11 months of last year were up 29.4% if you count by bike unit, and up 12.2% if you count by the imports' dollar value. In the period, the average import value of a bike fell 13%, from $92 to $80.

The U.S. Department of Commerce released the figures Thursday. They include all bike imports — with the bulk of the units going to mass merchants like Walmart. The numbers do not include e-bikes because e-bikes share an import code with electric motorcycles and other electric cycles, making it difficult to separate them. E-bikes have an average value much higher than other categories, which would pull up the overall average price somewhat if they were included.

The latest figures show the industry imported 15.9 million bikes through November, compared to just 12.3 million bikes in the same period the year prior. That means the industry has already passed the 2019 total of 12.9 million bikes imported (in fact the 2019 total was surpassed in October).

You can read the entire story here.

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