Today marks one year since the first Covid-19 related lockdown was implemented upon UK citizens. In this past year countless challenges, hurdles have faced everyone across Britain.
For the pure road racing community it’s been tough to put it mildly but there has been positive moments, like the Barry Sheene Classic, Gold Cup meetings at Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough and the success of the latest Cookstown 100.
Not forgetting the inaugural Virtual TT, Dymokury Road Races, street races across New Zealand and racers telling great tales a plenty about their careers on social media.
Negatives wise, race action has been at a premium for Irish road racing fans, which continues unfortunately for 2021.
On an upbeat note though the Armoy Road Races are planned to take place in June whilst the aforementioned Cookstown 100, will take place same as last year during September.
Manx road racing wise, as in 2020 all roads events have been cancelled including the TT Races.
Fingers crossed all goes to plan and the TT, Manx GP, Classic TT, Post TT, Pre TT Classic, Southern 100 return next year in style, it’s crucial for the future of many of these events who have lost much needed revenue, program sales over recent times.
I could point out further problems that have arose due to the Covid-19 pandemic but what’s the point? Further moaning, negative spiel isn’t needed, we’ve heard it all during the past year.
I for one hope everyone has an up turn in fortunes across the next 365 days, brighter times are ahead.
Finally my thoughts go out to all those who have been affected personally, indirectly by Covid-19.
Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou