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Apr
10

Iron Horse Bicycle Classic postponed because of coronavirus

Memorial Day weekend in Durango is synonymous with the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic. It’s the symbolic start of summer tourism season, as thousands of cyclists line up in a 47-mile road race from Durango to Silverton to try to beat a locomotive from the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.

It’s been that way for 48 years, but not this year.

As the new coronavirus pandemic has continued to bring the world to a halt in all walks of life, the famed cycling event wasn’t spared. In uncertain times with no clear picture of when the COVID-19 outbreak will slow down or be controlled, the IHBC was forced to announce a postponement Thursday in an email to all registered riders.

“We just want everyone to understand this is based on obvious safety concerns. We don’t want to be part of the problem,” said IHBC Race Director Gaige Sippy. “We hope what we do is get through this and be part of the solution for our community. At some later date, if things look good and we can do an event, hopefully we will get people out on bikes and get a boost to our local economy and reset the clock a little bit to something that resembles normal.”

No new date has been selected for the 2020 race, which is to be the 49th edition of an event that mixes road cycling, gravel riding and mountain biking for professionals and ordinary citizens alike.

Originally slated for May 22-24 this year, the IHBC has been held on Memorial Day weekend every year since 1972 with only one road race cancellation in history in 2008 because of weather. Twice, in 1997 and 2014, the road race was shortened to finish at Purgatory Resort instead of downtown Silverton, and both times that was because of snow. Even in those years, the IHBC held mountain bike races through Steamworks Brewing Co., time trial events or downtown circuit races.

“Never in our planning was a pandemic on the radar screen. We are doing something we never thought we would have to do for this reason,” Sippy said. “It’s been hard for us to make this decision. It’s been 48 years that we have had something Memorial Day weekend with regards to the Iron Horse. It’s a big deal on a lot of levels. There’s an emotional piece, and then there is looking at a practical application of how to move an event of our size to a completely different date on the calendar unexpectedly and then have all the great organizations who support us make the transition with us. Luckily, we have received great support and feedback from our partners.”


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Apr
1

Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo | Postponed

ACT Expo Announces Lars Stenqvist, Executive Vice President and CTO at Volvo Group, as 2020 Morning Keynote Speaker

March 5, 2020
— Stenqvist to discuss how Volvo Group is creating value through innovative technologies and transformative partnerships.

ACT Expo Announces Presenting Sponsors and Agenda for 10th Annual Event, Opens Early Bird Registration

November 14, 2019
— Early bird registration is now open for the 2020 ACT Expo, the largest advanced transportation technology and clean fleet event in North America.

Submit an Abstract to Speak at ACT Expo 2020

November 13, 2019
— Submit an abstract for the opportunity to speak at North America’s largest clean transportation event.

2019 ACT Expo Fleet Award Winners

April 30, 2019
— The ACT Expo Fleet Awards are the ultimate recognition of fleets and individuals who have shown true leadership in transportation, having gone above and beyond what has been required to tirelessly pursue sustainability in their fleet operations.

2019 ACT Expo Event Recap

April 30, 2019
— ACT Expo combined the best education content in the industry with a cutting-edge trade show floor featuring the most innovative technologies on the market today.

See a Sneak Peek at Who Is Attending!

April 19, 2019
— With nearly 4,000 projected attendees, we’re gearing up for our largest ACT Expo yet. Take a look at some of the firms that are already registered to attend. Will your firm make the list this year?

ACT Expo Announces Full Speaker Roster

April 2, 2019
— Organizers of ACT Expo announced the full speaker roster for the ninth annual show, April 23–26, 2019 at the Long Beach Convention Center.

New Workshop Explores Greening the Aviation Industry

March 29, 2019
— ACT Expo is adding a new workshop to its agenda this year exploring incentives, technologies, and policies that are spurring a ‘greening’ of the aviation industry.

A New Workshop Helps Fleets Meet the Vehicle Maintenance Challenges Ahead

March 28, 2019
— A new ACT Expo workshop covers how to successfully recruit, train, and develop teams to support commercial transportation’s evolving workforce needs.

PMSA Forum on the Future of Clean Cargo Handling Equipment

March 28, 2019
— PMSA will hold a forum at ACT Expo 2019 for port stakeholders to learn about the future of clean cargo handling equipment.

New Workshops & Co-Located Events

March 27, 2019
— ACT Expo 2019 will host a series of new co-located events and workshops hosted by partner organizations across the commercial transportation sector.

Ride & Drive

March 15, 2019
— Attendees will have the opportunity to get behind the wheel and test drive dozens of advanced clean vehicles spanning all alternative fuels and vehicle applications.

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