NDuro Events announced today that The Rock FM XCO Republic event scheduled to take place from February 23rd has been indefinitely cancelled due to the lack of entries.
Managing Director Tim Farmer of NDuro Events says there are numerous factors at work in this decision to cancel the event.
“The event for us has been all about the riders and helping grow the interest in the XCO format of mountain bike racing. Any proceeds we made went directly to the under 19 riders who were selected to represent New Zealand at the UCI World Mountain Bike Championships. The Inaugural event in 2019 was outstanding with nearly 190 riders from across NZ which has made this a very difficult decision. The impact of Cycling New Zealand moving the National Mountain Bike Championships into January for the first time in over seven years has had a devastating impact on the XCO Republic.”
NDuro remains committed to cross country mountain bike racing, as highlighted by the Winter MTB Classic and Whaka100 MTB Marathon.
Farmer says he would like to see XCO racing grow and it remains very much an event format we would like to grow in the future.
“This may be disappointing to those who have already entered. For XCO racing to succeed at club, regional and national level, participants need to commit to entering these events earlier to ensure the racing is good and the events live on”
The event organisers are currently working with a non-profit cycling organisation to look at the viability of the event returning at a later date.