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Dear Off-Road’er,
 
I hope this message finds you well, and maintaining good mental and physical health amidst the COVID-19 public health crisis. Most states have issued stay-at-home orders to slow the spread of the Coronavirus, and we are fortunate that in Arizona most of our favorite trails remain open – providing an ideal opportunity to practice social distancing and get a much-needed dose of endorphins. Please ride safely out there, and know that we’ll get through this.
 
It is with sadness that Epic Rides and the City of Prescott have decided to cancel the Whiskey Off-Road. Due to the Centers for Disease Control’s determination that “Large events and mass gatherings can contribute to the spread of COVID-19” and following Governor Ducey’s recent Executive Order we have no choice but to cancel for 2020.
 
As you’re aware, we considered rescheduling for later this year; however, Arizona’s historically busy autumn schedule has vital elements of our safety network already committed to other events. We’ve also noticed that many springtime events are rescheduling for the fall, which will put unnecessary strain on communities, volunteers, medical professionals, participants and industry professionals who will be forced to choose between events nationwide. Out of respect for existing events with dates already on the calendar, priorities for public health within the City of Prescott, and the uncertainty of what the state of our state will be in five months, we have decided to put our energy into a stellar Whiskey Off-Road in 2021.
 
I wish I had better news to share about the other events in the Epic Rides Series, but there’s too much uncertainty right now to make a determination about Grand Junction Off-Road and Carson City Off-Road. Even if we are able to get this coronavirus outbreak under control within the next few weeks or months, will the small communities that host us be ready for large numbers of people traveling from all over America back in their towns? Will the medical professionals we rely on for an outstanding safety net be available? There are more questions than answers, and we continue to rely on healthcare professionals to provide the best guidance. In the interest of transparency, we wanted to let you know that all Epic Rides events for 2020 are in limbo. We will make a determination on whether to cancel or continue as planned with Grand Junction Off-Road and Carson City Off-Road five weeks or more before each respective event date. Thanks for hanging in there with us.
 
The negative economic impacts of COVID-19 are significant at the local, national and global level. We know that many businesses are not going to survive this, and sincerely hope that you are able to continue safely working through this difficult time. We are committed to making sure Epic Rides remains resilient, relevant, and able to continue to impact your life in a positive way by producing the best mountain bike events imaginable. But in order to do that, we’re going to need your help.
 
Registration for all Epic Rides events closed on March 19 as soon as large community events were considered unsafe. A lack of revenue from ongoing event registration, soft goods, sponsors and host communities has put Epic Rides in jeopardy. If we are forced to cancel most of our events for 2020 it could be a really rough road ahead.
 
As our registration and event cancellation policies clearly state no refunds, we respectfully request you allow Epic Rides to retain your registration dollars to help sustain us. As with all of our events, a portion of your registration fee is earmarked for charitable giving in each host community. In each case where we are forced to cancel an event, those funds will still be distributed to all designated charitable organizations. We will do our best to keep you informed of opportunities to offer additional support to these organizations in our host communities.
 
We also recognize that many jobs have been compromised as a result of the pandemic. If your registration fee is a make or break portion of your budget this year, please contact us via email at info@epicrides.com. We will do our best to make a partial refund once we have determined the outcome of our schedule for 2020.
 
Sincerely,
 
 
Todd Sadow
President
Epic Rides

 
 
 
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