Non è andata secondo i programmi la trasferta in Spagna, a Terragona, la gara prima prova della Coppa Europa del 12 Marzo 2011 è stata annullata. La decisione è stata presa dal Presidente EBU Libor Musil dopo vari tentativi di risolvere una situazione purtroppo irrisolvibile. In molte zone d'Italia, in particolare al nord, una giornata come quella di sabato forse non avrebbe creato simili problemi ma in effetti la pioggia è stata molta. Terreno completamente allagato ed effettivo pericolo di allagamento del campo gara con conseguente rischio per i presenti. Altri problemi logistici hanno fatto si che dopo un rinvio di 2 ore la gara sia stata definitivamente annullata alle ore 11,00. Così tutti a casa e Gara cancellata ovvero non verrà recuperata e la Coppa Europa 2011 sarà costituita dalle due prove rimanenti ed in programma in Francia e Italia.
EBU ha chiesto a tutti i presenti di comprendere le ragioni della cancellazione dell'evento, scelta sicuramente sofferta da Mr. Libor e dagli Organizzatori. Ecco la comunicazione ufficiale:
Dear delegates, riders, families and those accompanying,
The European Cup event, that was to take place on 12.3.2011 in Torradenbarra in Catalonia has been cancelled.
The final decision on the cancelling of the event had, in the end, to be taken by me.
The reasons for cancelling the event were the state of the course and also the possible results of the imperfect organisation of the event. Unfortunately the organisers were not able to organise a good level of international event due to massive rainfall, wind, low temperatures and also the fact that the event had been organised in a BikeTrial park that had been partially flooded. There was even electricity failure which would have meant processing the results manually, although there was not a sufficiently large dry space available. The tents that had been prepared were not appropriate for the organisers' work in such a strong wind. The organisers from usually warm and dry Catalonia had not counted on a wet weather scenario and although after 3 hours this morning we tried to fix a new sections, it was only a provisional solution.
It was not certain that at least the basic standard for an international event would be achieved.
It would be worse to take responsibility for the injury and hospitalisation of a young foreign rider after allowing the start of an irregular event than to send that rider and his team home without an event at all.
Generally I don't like doing things, where right at the start I am unsure of at least a good result. I did not want to risk the good name of our Catalonian organisers from Torradenbarra in an unsuccessful event as well as EBU.
I am convinced that we will return to Torradenbarra with the European Cup and that this experience will be beneficial to all in the future.
Of course this decision will not please everyone but I am convinced that it was the right one.
In the name of the EBU thanks to all riders, minders and families who came to Catalonia. I think that the EBU will find a way to thank them all again for their efforts and I also hope that they enjoyed their stay in beautiful Torradenbarra without the competition.
Thanks to Angel Battle, Marius Molla, and their team for the event preparation. The Friday show on the square was very nice and everything was well prepared for a classic BikeTrial event in Catalonia - warm weather and a good show - as we had all hoped. However this time the weather and luck was against us.
I look forward to seeing you all at the next EBU event - the European Championship 2011 in Sweden and then the 2nd round of European Cup in France and the 3rd round of European Cup in Italy.
On a more important note at the moment our thoughts are with our Japanese BikeTrial friends!