The annual Tour de Tysons has been put on hold indefinitely, the event’s organizers told Tysons Reporter.
Typically, the race is held in early March, but organizers never announced dates for 2020 — leaving fans and past participants confused.
Tysons Reporter reached out to the National Capital Velo Club, who is in charge of planning the race, to find out what happened and was told that the race will be suspended indefinitely due to safety concerns for participants.
A spokesperson noted the rapid development in Tysons and the recent increase in traffic.
“As weekend traffic in that part of Tysons has increased, we decided that seeking road closures for a full day wasn’t a tenable solution,” the spokesperson told Tysons Reporter.
At last year’s fifth annual competition, cyclists raced down Westpark Drive before turning onto Jones Branch Drive and then Westbranch Drive.
Several days ago, a Tour de Tysons Facebook page admin posted a short message about the news:
Unfortunately, due to safety concerns, NCVC will not be able to host the Tour de Tysons at its most recent location and will not promote it in 2020. Should a nearby venue become available in the future, we will consider reinstating it on the MABRA road calendar.
Going forward, the NCVC spokesperson said that they’d be interested in hosting the event again, given the right conditions.
“We’re looking for new locations in the region for future editions of the race that will have less of an impact on neighbors and ensure participant safety,” the group said.
Photo via Tour de Tysons/Facebook