UPDATED: 10th July 2020
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We know how much everyone desperately wants a break now. When almost every other cycling event has been cancelled, we really want BMC to be one of the few that does take place this year. With the lifting of quarantines and travel restrictions to France and the confirmation of careful health and safety measures at the event hotel exceeding government requirements, we have reopened BMC 2020 in the knowledge it can be done safely, and well within official guidelines, offering an amazing, refreshing and much needed cycling experience for all. We're delighted that travel limitations to France have been lifted by the government today: never has there been a better moment to sign up for our Alpine road cycling challenge!
Why is the BMC 2020 going ahead?
The thought of iconic rides on the amazing mountains and lakes near Annecy for a few days sounds better than ever right now. So as long as we can do BMC safely and within government guidelines, then it’s on. Whilst travelling is not for everyone, we have never known so much pent up demand for a great cycling weekend. After the success of BMC 2019, our sponsors, pros, and many of our riders want to come back!
Will we be safe, comfortable and what are the current practicalities of running BMC in France in light of the Virus? What will be different?
The Neaclub hotel and restaurant in Annecy will be open from 27 June including catering, with further refurbishment since last year and a number of post lockdown health & safety measures and extended cleaning precautions in place. Groups of up to ten people are allowed together in France, so our cycling groups would respect that and all briefings and other activities would generally be in those groups. The quarantine upon arrival is optional in France, so to be respectful and careful, we plan to keep our riders away from local residents in particular; that includes keeping distance from our ride leaders. Everyone will of course have the right to their own room or to share with someone in their household. Our wonderful sponsors are still mostly with us, so you’ll get constant rider vehicle support on all rides. Lunches will be picnics prepared at the hotel and payable on arrival. Routes are new and listed on BMC site but will be the same Everest, Kilimanjaro and Matterhorn elevation elevations as 2019, including iconic Tour De France climbs (and some great lunch stops!)
What about flights?
Direct flights are operating daily from Heathrow and other UK departure points to Geneva. The good news is you can fly from Heathrow on British Airways including bike bag for under £100 for the BMC dates 17—21 Sept. You will currently need to wear a face covering on board.
Couldn’t we have BMC in Snowdonia or the Scottish highlands to avoid the quarantine? We had a full plan B in the event we couldn’t go to Annecy and sourced the local contacts and infrastructure to bring BMC 2020 to Snowdonia in Wales. Sadly last week the national parks asked all sports events to postpone to 2021; thereby closing that as an option. That said, Annecy has always been our focus and we know our riders’ clear preference is for the Alps.
Are prices the same as last year and what are they?
Thanks to our sponsors, for the first 60 people booking we can offer the same exceptional 2019 rate of £395 including all the guided & supported cycling, accommodation, half board, and airport transfers; plus raising £995 sponsorship for Thames Hospice. Or £995 for the same package without sponsorship. Single room supplements (approx. £30 for the stay) bikes and air travel not included. For anyone who attended BMC 2019 you will know what great value that represents vs the £1200 retail price.
What happens if I book and the government rules change and/or the public health context deteriorates again, necessitating event cancellation?
You will be fully entitled to defer your entry to 2021 with no charge or be refunded in full. The hospice has to commit money to pay for your room we will tell you before this happens. From that point onwards there will be some cost to cancel, so the hospice is not out of pocket, but we’ll be completely transparent.