Where we are at…
Thanks for waiting patiently for us to make a decision about this year’s edition of All Points North. Hope you’ve all been doing OK during the last couple of months and not going too stir crazy trapped inside.
As all of the riders should’ve been setting off from the Heeley Institute this Friday, it’s a fitting time for us to get in touch and let you know where we are at with our plans to reschedule the event.
Quite a few of you have contacted us asking if it would still be possible to run All Points North this year in some format that at least enables entrants to ride their planned routes to the checkpoints.
We’ve been thinking long and hard over the last few weeks and the least risky solution would be to completely cancel for 2020 and reschedule the event in 2021. However, it’s now looking like lockdown is going to be gradually lifted and, by September, we may be in a position to hold the event, at least in some form.
Despite the fact that Boris wants us all to get back to work as soon as possible, we are expecting that the lifting of restrictions on mass gatherings is still a very long way off, so bringing 80 people together in a room for the pre-event briefing, or the finisher’s meal, may be something that’s still not possible (or sensible) by September.
But we are open to the suggestion of hosting a paired-down event that gives people the opportunity to ride their chosen route over the same weekend. It’s still very much a ‘maybe’ but we have pre-booked our HQ at the Heeley Institute on the weekend of the 5th – 8th September, with the event starting on a Saturday rather than Friday.
How we manage numbers safely is still to be determined. It may be that we have to run the event without a finisher’s party and stagger rider registration and departure into much smaller groups. We are still trying to work all of the logistics out while trying to preempt where we will be as a nation by September.
Registration and finisher’s party aside, there are also a couple of other issues to consider.
At the moment there is no confirmed date for the reopening of hotels and accommodation in the UK, or for restaurants and cafes. Although we are expecting a lot of you to bivy, or rest outdoors, officially wild camping is still illegal in the UK so we need to be careful about how we approach this if no legitimate alternative is available.
We also have entrants who will be travelling from abroad. If the proposed 14-day quarantine restrictions on air passengers are also still in place then it will affect any riders flying into the UK to take part in the event.
We still have to talk to our sponsors, GPS tracking partners and all of the other people that we work with to make All Points North happen in order to make sure that they’re happy with whatever solution we come up with.
We appreciate that this update may not give you the cut-and-dried answer you’re looking for, but if we can make the event happen on the weekend of the 5th-8th September, we will. We’ll make a final decision on this by June 19th.
We understand that the weekend of the 5th-8th September may not work for everyone, so if the event does go ahead then and you can’t make it, we can either defer your entry until APN 2021 or give you a full refund (as long as you make your decision by July 13th).
If we ultimately decide that All Points North can’t take place at all this year and you no longer want to take part in APN 2021, then you’ll be entitled to a full refund (as long as you make your decision by November 23rd).
What we can tell you is that, irrespective of whether we run APN 2020 in September or cancel and defer everyone’s entry to May 2021, we will be choosing a brand new set of checkpoints for May 2021 and they’ll be announced at the end of November.
We would really like to hear what you have to say about our proposed plans so please do post your comments below and share your thoughts / ideas with us and your fellow riders.
I’m sure you all have some great alternative riding plans for this weekend, but one of our rookies, Vicky Mathwin, is recreating All Points North in the garden on her turbo to raise money for the NHS and Manorlands Hospice in Keighley so please chuck a couple of quid her way if you can: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/vicky-mathwin2
Whatever you do this weekend, have a fantastic one. If you’re out and about on your bikes tag us – @allpointsnorth.cc – in your instagram stories and we will share them.
Ang, Tori and the APN team.