THE governing body of cycling in Ireland has said they are disappointed with the cancellation of the Munster Cyclocross League event due to take place at Tramore Valley Park on November 17.
Cycling Ireland also expressed disappointment that the youth Cork Cyclocross Academy planned in co-ordination with Cork Sports Partnership from December through to February will not be allowed to go ahead.
Releasing a statement online, the national organisation said that several attempts had been made to resolve the issue and efforts were still ongoing to see the De Ronde Cyclocross race go ahead.
“Several attempts were made by the organising club (De Ronde van Cork Cycling club), Cycling Ireland and Cycling Ireland’s insurance broker, O’Driscoll O’Neill, to resolve the issue prior to the cancellation of these events.
“Our attempts to resolve the issue are on-going in earnest with Cork City Council and we will keep CI members and the cycling community updated accordingly.”
In a statement released on the De Ronde Cross Facebook page, the cycling club said that they believe Cork City Council's position is extreme: “Cork City Council have taken the position that our Cycling Ireland Insurance is not adequate and leaves the Council exposed to possible claims if there was, in their words, a life-altering injury, resulting from a rider to rider incident.
“We believe and argued that this position was extreme. As a result of this policy no Cycling Ireland activity can happen at any park run by Cork City Council.”
Speaking to The Echo previously, a spokesperson for Cork City Council said that on advice of their insurance brokers, without member to member insurance cover in place, they're seriously exposed to risk.