The joint examination of the cities Eschborn and Frankfurt with race organizer Gesellschaft zur Förderung des Radsports has given proof that a postponement to autumn cannot be realized for the German Classic. With its 18 events in one day and almost 8,000 active athletes, Eschborn-Frankfurt offers a unique event format. For more than 50 years, the race has brought together international pro and amateur athletes, young talents and children as well as hundreds of thousands of visitors. This diversity should be maintained despite a shift to autumn. But there is still a great uncertainty for the organization, municipalities and approving authorities to whether an event with this character and size can take place in Germany later this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Claude Rach, Managing Director of the Gesellschaft zur Förderung des Radsports, comments: “Our hope was to have a clear view on autumn at the end of May. But the current situation does still not allow a planning of a mass event in the known format of Eschborn-Frankfurt in Germany after August 31. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee, that the German Classic will actually be feasible in September. But it is precisely this security that is necessary for a responsible implementation of the event with its thousands of athletes, the many kids and spectators.”
With this decision, the race’s 59th edition remains a digital one in the history books. 1,500 participants from 25 countries had registered for the first ŠKODA Velotour E-Race on May 1 – the race’s traditional date. This virtual premiere added a modern chapter to the long tradition of Eschborn-Frankfurt.
A unique 60th anniversary of the German Classic will now be organized over the next eleven months. In addition to the WorldTour race, the ŠKODA Velotour and the City Ride Frankfurt as well as junior, U23 and inclusion races, the Süwag Energie Young Talent Cup and the “kinder + Sport mini tour” are already scheduled for May 1, 2021. After the great success of the E-Race a few weeks ago, it will be checked whether virtual races will complement the three routes of the ŠKODA Velotour in the future and thus make the sportive version of Eschborn-Frankfurt accessible to even more cyclists worldwide.