It was a good try, but unfortunately, the 38th edition of Americade has been canceled. Organizers had already pushed the event’s date back from the first week of June, but have been forced to concede that Americade will not go on this year.
Christian Dutcher, Americade’s organizer, and top boss announced the cancellation in a video message on the event’s Facebook page. When talking about the cancelation, Dutcher said:
“When we rescheduled the event months ago, our primary objective was to run a safe event. We knew it was going to be a long shot but we wanted to give it a try. Up until last week, we felt pretty good about the event.”
Before its cancelation, Americade had already been pushed back from the first week of June 2020 to July 21 – 25, 2020. Changes had been made to make the gathering a largely touchless event. Instead of large group rides, attendees would ride pre-designed routes and maintain social distancing. In conjunction with the state, a safety plan was developed, and other safety protocols were put in place.
But with the recent spike of COVID-19 cases, in other parts of the country, Dutcher feels that Americade can not be held as safely as he wished.
“It’s extremely disappointing, my staff has worked crazy hours the past number of months trying to overcome every obstacle that’s been thrown at us. But it’s unavoidable.”
As a result of Americade’s cancellation, customers may either get a refund or carry over their registration fee until 2021. If they choose to carry over their reservation, customers will receive a $20 credit as well as the opportunity to register a week early for the 2021 version Americade early.