Ouray County won't have more than 2,000 cyclists coming through this summer, as Ride the Rockies' 2020 event has been canceled.
Event officials emailed local authorities earlier this week to let them know the race was off this year, due to coronavirus concerns. Riders were originally scheduled to stay overnight in Ridgway on June 17 and 18, and were going to use the fairgrounds for camping as well as other lodging in the area.
The event was scheduled at the same time as the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, something that local authorities were concerned about with traffic on the highway through Ridgway. However, the 47th annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival has also been canceled due to COVID-19. Ridgway officials expressed reservations about hosting the event, citing a poor experience last time the race came through in 2017. Race Director Diedre Moynihan personally came to present the plan for the 2020 route to the Ridgway Town Council in January and promised the event would go better this time around.
Ride the Rockies announced to riders who had registered for the event that they will just keep the route planned for 2020 in 2021. The event was supposed to start and end in Durango, and take riders through Cortez, Norwood, Ouray and Ridgway.
Event organizers are offering a refund minus the administrative fees to those who don't want to roll over their registration to participate in the 2021 event.