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    Pro peleton and the Coronavirus

    The last two stages of the UAE tour were cancelled and four teams, including Cofidis remain quarantined in their hotel.

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/cycling/51719324

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    Quote Originally Posted by rideit View Post
    This is getting crazy. Strade Bianche and a number of other races in Italy and France have now been cancelled too. Three teams are still stuck in the UAE with riders and staff being confirmed to have the virus. I am floored you two are the only ones on here talking about this. I guess Valverdeís dissatisfaction with his gearing is more important somehow lol (what in the world?). The whole situation is pretty scary and tragic. I was sad to hear that Gaviria is probably one of the guys with the virus. I like that kid and hope he ends up ok.

    https://www.cyclingnews.com/news/rcs...irus-measures/

    https://www.cyclingnews.com/news/cor...ilan-san-remo/
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    Just saw that the Sea Otter Classic is now being delayed and rescheduled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wetworks View Post
    Just saw that the Sea Otter Classic is now being delayed and rescheduled.
    Wow, I am surprised to see U.S. events already being called. I guess things are getting pretty serious in places like California though.
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    Some pro teams are now pulling out of multiple races as well. Astana, Mitchellton Scott, and Ineos have reportedly withdrawn from racing all together for the time being. Others have withdrawn from specific races.
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    As of right now the ASO is still planning on racing Paris-Nice. They've gotten permission to allow teams to bring 8 riders instead of 7 and have said they are scrambling to send out more invites to teams that have the ability to come to the race to cover the WT teams that have withdrawn from the race. We'll see, but unless the French Govt shuts it down, it sounds like Paris-Nice will go on as planned.

    There are rumor that RCS is trying to reschedule MSR and T-A for Oct after Lombardia.

    Note on the teams still stuck in UAE. Apparently they have now been told they are there until March 14th. Also Cofidis has finally gotten people there to allow them to get their bikes to the riders rooms and have trainers brought in, plus apparently better food dropped off at their doors to eat.

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    It appears all races in March after Paris-Nice are cancelled. It's not looking good for April races.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KoroninK View Post
    It appears all races in March after Paris-Nice are cancelled. It's not looking good for April races.
    They just cancelled/postponed all of the remaining major Classics. The simple fact is, there may not be be much of a season this year. How are teams going to be ready for the TdF or Vuelta (assuming they occur) without having more real race days in their legs? It sounds like a recipe for disaster if they try. Maybe things will clear up by then, but maybe not. This whole situation is so bizarre.....

    https://www.cyclingnews.com/news/par...irus-pandemic/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rashadabd View Post
    They just cancelled/postponed all of the remaining major Classics. The simple fact is, there may not be be much of a season this year. How are teams going to be ready for the TdF or Vuelta (assuming they occur) without having more real race days in their legs? It sounds like a recipe for disaster if they try. Maybe things will clear up by then, but maybe not. This whole situation is so bizarre.....

    https://www.cyclingnews.com/news/par...irus-pandemic/
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    Quote Originally Posted by den bakker View Post
    there will be no tdf
    My guess is you are right, but the UCI and teams are still talking like itís a possibility.

    https://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/r...nce-451702/amp
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    The NBA is hoping to restart their season in June which may or may not be reasonable. If they are hoping for that you can see why the UCI and teams are hoping they can restart their season as well. Of course you also have NASCAR hoping to restart as soon as possible as well. They're still hoping to get their entire season in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KoroninK View Post
    The NBA is hoping to restart their season in June which may or may not be reasonable. If they are hoping for that you can see why the UCI and teams are hoping they can restart their season as well. Of course you also have NASCAR hoping to restart as soon as possible as well. They're still hoping to get their entire season in.

    The NBA are delusional. TBF. Even if the virus isn't a problem by then (highly unlikely, given these idiots, and these idiots)...rescheduling top-to-bottom a months-long tournament across basically all state lines doesn't just happen. Especially for venues multiply booked with other events--for example our NCAA arena has bands already booked over the summer months (AAA acts), you don't just bump them to make room for BBall.

    Similarly, for the UCI....they have to rebook roads and host towns, and of course the teams may not even be allowed out of their homes. until restart day...presuming it can be rescheduled.


    NASCAR....easy to reschedule, given I don't think anyone else uses those ovals....and no one goes to those things anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc View Post
    The NBA are delusional. TBF. Even if the virus isn't a problem by then (highly unlikely, given these idiots, and these idiots)...rescheduling top-to-bottom a months-long tournament across basically all state lines doesn't just happen. Especially for venues multiply booked with other events--for example our NCAA arena has bands already booked over the summer months (AAA acts), you don't just bump them to make room for BBall.

    Similarly, for the UCI....they have to rebook roads and host towns, and of course the teams may not even be allowed out of their homes. until restart day...presuming it can be rescheduled.


    NASCAR....easy to reschedule, given I don't think anyone else uses those ovals....and no one goes to those things anyway.

    For the arenas it may depend on if they are allowed to have large groups of people or not. The NBA can play without fans. A concert isn't going to happen without fans. So there is that as well. Indy Car can reschedule dedicated road courses and ovals, but may not be able to reschedule street courses and they've already said Long Beach can't be rescheduled for this year.

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    At this point it would be prudent just to write off the 2020 cycling season altogether. Give some time for Europe to bury its dead, mourn and try to move on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KoroninK View Post
    For the arenas it may depend on if they are allowed to have large groups of people or not. The NBA can play without fans. A concert isn't going to happen without fans. So there is that as well. Indy Car can reschedule dedicated road courses and ovals, but may not be able to reschedule street courses and they've already said Long Beach can't be rescheduled for this year.
    Well....they could do it. Cam it both onstage and boom-cam and stream it and charge for access to the stream.

    Problem being the monetizing to make a profit. A tech'd touring rig takes 50-100x local hands the equivalent of 10 to 12 man hours each to setup and strike; plus the show labor. Plus facility rental and equip rental.
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    Remember - the NBA doesn't need anything more than a high school gym to play... if they play without fans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldZaskar View Post
    Remember - the NBA doesn't need anything more than a high school gym to play... if they play without fans.

    Depends on how fancy and high-end the gym...they need more people running the Show than they need on the court. Today all the BBall arenas for NCAA are pre-wired and cabled. So the productions truck pulls up to the back and hooks into power/video/audio....then the cam people and commentators load in to their respective booths.

    In addition to all the trainers/staff for the teams, as well as the cleaning crew....after the floor is setup (which takes an army of on-call min-wage workers with not benefits/insurance/leave).


    A few players/people offered gratis money to the venue staff of those facilities...but honestly it is a drop in the bucket and is such a small amount for so much labor that the people who truly need it, and are abused by management, don't see enough to even buy a Happy Meal.
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