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Today, yet another mass participation cycling event was forced to cancel due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Crusher in the Tushar, the challenging mixed-surface race through Southern Utah’s Tushar mountains, was preparing for its 10th anniversary. That milestone edition will now have to wait until 2021.
Race founder and former professional cyclist, Burke Swindlehurst, sold the event to LifeTime Fitness (also owner of Dirty Kanza, Leadville 100, and Big Sugar) late in 2019. Swindlehurst said that the cancellation was an unfortunate necessity and that he made the decision with “an exceptionally heavy heart”.
“In looking at balancing the safety of our riders, volunteers, and the community in concert with guidelines, directives and what’s known and unknown, it’s become painfully clear that providing an experience that’s up to snuff with our standards and yours, just wasn’t going to happen in 2020,” Swindlehurst said in a post on the Crusher in the Tushar Instagram page.
Registered riders appear to have several options for their 2020 race entry: they can defer that entry until 2021 at no charge; they can refund their entry fee, minus processing fees; or they can choose to donate their 2020 entry to either the Life Time Foundation, which will go directly to the local Beaver and Piute County COVID-19 relief school meals program, or to the National Interscholastic Cycling League (NICA). Those who donate their 2020 entry will be guaranteed a spot at either the 2021 or 2022 event, however, entry fees will still be required.
Swindlehurst kept his closing remarks positive: “Keep your chin up Buttercups and be nice to each other, because we’re all in this thing together. We will come out the other side. And we have to make sure we’re better for it.
“Don’t think for one second I plan on letting the Crusher flame dim or flicker in 2020. You never know what I might have up my sleeve, so keep your eyes peeled!”