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Old 04-16-2021, 07:09 PM
djg21 djg21 is offline
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Black Fly Challenge cancelled.

Another casualty of COVID-19. Just received this via Email:

After extensive discussions the Black Fly Challenge race committee has agreed that BFC 2021 must be cancelled. The 25th Anniversary Black Fly Challenge will be now be on Saturday, June 11, 2022.

Successfully producing the Black Fly Challenge requires a web of logistics too numerous to detail in this post. This includes over 100 volunteer jobs and the cooperation of numerous State, County and Town agencies.

The race committee did the usual preparations for BFC 2021, a few of which are: obtaining insurance, securing timing and filing for necessary permits.

As of this writing we are told by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation that we may only be permitted for 200 people total (including volunteers) and that racers must wear a mask start to finish. It’s simply not feasible to produce the race under these restrictions.

Even if DEC were to raise the number to 500 it would likely still not work because we have nearly 700 registrations ... how would we choose who gets to race? We would still be required to deduct all race personnel from the 500 maximum.

And that doesn’t even address banning spectators from the start and finish and verifying that everyone present has been tested and/or vaccinated. This makes BFC’s already challenging logistics nearly impossible.

Black Fly Challenge sincerely appreciates the support of our racers, volunteers, communities and sponsors, especially North Country Subaru, Pedals & Petals and Trampoline Advertising & Design. Thanks to all of you, Black Fly Challenge is truly The Adirondacks’ Greatest Race!

We will again roll everything over to next year, including registration, jerseys, raffle tickets, etc. and with the distinction of being America’s first and oldest gravel grinder, BFC will be back, bigger and better than ever!

If you would prefer a refund Contact BikeReg.
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Old 04-17-2021, 07:36 AM
CNY rider CNY rider is online now
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What a disappointment.
Ididaride is done too.
In a time where we should be looking forward, excited about people getting vaccinated and resuming our lives, the focus in NY State remains cancelling everything.
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Old 04-20-2021, 02:26 PM
GregL GregL is online now
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Out of the gloom, a little sunshine: a new gravel race on the Tug Hill Plateau: The race organizer is a terrific person with a well-earned reputation for running great events.

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