There will be no new winners crowned on the streets of Geelong or Williamstown next year, with the 2021 Lexus of Blackburn Bay Crits sidelined for 12 months, another casualty of the COVID-19 situation.
The famous event has delivered champions like Caleb Ewan, Robbie McEwen, Chloe Hosking and Amanda Spratt to the summer crowds around the Bay, but this year the event has been postponed.
In its three decades long history the Bay Crits has always worked to overcome adversity and calendar changes, and Race Director John Trevorrow is looking to deliver another great edition in 2022
"It's no doubt disappointing that the ever popular Crits could not be held in January, but as we know many sporting events have been shelved across this period and we have now joined that group that includes the Cadel Evans Road Race and the Jayco Herald Sun Tour.
"As organisers, we have always put rider and public safety first and in the end missing one year is not as important as ensuring the long term viability of the event, which attracts thousands of fans to the courses each year.
"I thank everyone, all our sponsors and stakeholders, who worked so hard in a bid to make it happen - and now we have a chance to re-load and launch back into the cycling calendar in 2022.
"Standby for us to bring more home grown heroes, internationals and new men's and women's house hold names to the area. I look forward to unearthing another Caleb."
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THE BAY CRITS AREn'T BACK
2021 Lexus Of Blackburn Bay Crits
another casualty of COVID-19