Elite Australian mountain bikers Josh Carlson and Connor Fearon have made the decision not to travel over to the 2020 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in October.
Fearon, who is a part of Kona Factory team was selected as part of the Australian downhill contingent for worlds, while Carlson , who is contracted with Giant Factory Off Road Team would compete in the E-Bike category of the championships to be held in Leogang Austria.
Connor Fearon said:
“Like everybody I’m devastated for how 2020 has played out so far. I had a really productive offseason both on and off the bike and had planned to compete in almost the entire EWS and WC DH series. I was really excited to get more EWS experience under my belt and had worked hard to be able to prove my third place at EWS Derby was no fluke. The choice to sit out for the remainder of the races was not easy to make.
The current pandemic has made me realize there are more important things in life then racing a bike and after considering everything, I decided to listen to the government’s travel advice and not take the risk involved with travelling to the other side of the world right now. In the meantime I’m looking forward to attending all the events possible within Australia and taking on some media projects I’ve never had time for before! I’m still committed to racing 100% and will be ready to go when travelling and racing become somewhat normal again.”
Josh Carlson said:
“Due to the Covid situation around the world, I have made the decision to stay home in Australia for the remainder of 2020. Bummed to miss the first ever EWS-E World Enduro event in Zermatt this weekend but excited to be in Australia for some racing over the spring and summer.”
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