It’s once again unfortunate to report that the Covid-19 pandemic has forced the postponement of another roads meeting, this time the unique Fontes, Portugal based Xassos Urban Cup.
Organisers of the meet which first began in 2008, stated today the not surprising reasons behind the decision to postpone timed action till 2021.
Photo courtesy of Mesquita Paulo
“XUC, as an event, containing all its participants and aficionados, deserves all of our care and respect. Since 2008 we have been promoting and valuing the sports spirit in a relaxed environment, where we also want to win but above all we want to live every moment with everyone who visits us.
Each edition is a mark in the memory, in ours, yours and that of our people, in our locality. XUC is all of us, the organisation, sponsors, local natives, pilots, mechanics, companions, family members, local businesses, security and rescue forces!
And the family who lends the room, the lady who makes the oven rice for outsiders to have an excuse to drink some ‘mugs’ from the Douro.
It is true that we are unhappy, as everyone will be, with this great uncertainty that still hangs in the air and that has made us wait until today for the difficult decision.
Social distance is one of the secrets to overcome this hard battle but our proof, creative, appealing, appetising and charismatic demands is a social approach.
We are sorry, very sorry. But it is up to us to be strong, stay focused and create alternatives and excuses for us all to see each other in Vila de Fontes. Maybe, sooner than you think.”
Words by Stevie Rial