MABRA and Virginia Cycling Racers:
The situation with the 2015 Tour de Tysons has grown rather critical from forces that are currently beyond my control.
At present, although I have permitted the race through USA cycling, registration is not open or currently visible.
Unfortunately, two critical path roadblocks exist:
- Despite repeated contacts and signficant lead time, NCVC has been unable to secure a Virginia Department of Transportation permit. They are unable to even give a date when such a permit might be awarded or denied.
- About 150 m of the back side of the course is completely unridable and dangerous. Currenty the landlord does not control the contractor doing the paving. The current schedule is for paving sometime in the 2nd week of July--in other words, when the race will take place.
NCVC cannot in good conscience take entry fees for a race we might have to cancel. In addition, our support, such as EMTs, vendors, and officials require a reasonable amount of notice in the event of a cancellation. We reached that point last week.
For those reasons, since NCVC cannot ensure that it will be able to promote the 2015 Tour de Tysons safely and professionally, we are left with no option to cancel the event for 2015 and refocus on a 2016 event.
NCVC appreciates the level of support from the Tysons Partnership and from the staff at Lerner, whose enthusiasm and helpfulness have always gone far beyond what was required.
We plan to to restart for 2016 with an even longer lead time, which VDOT apparently now requires.
We're very sorry that it has come to this.