The postponement of these events was announced yesterday by the organisers in conjunction with the venues – the De Hoop Collection and the town of Greyton.
The Greyt Escape, which was scheduled for June 13 to 15, will be shortened to a one-day race with the date to be announced in due course.
The event will be held on the stage-one route, which covers 70km with 1 265m of climbing.
“Many businesses in Greyton rely, to a large extent, on tourism,” said Anneke Jacobs, owner of Overberg MTB Events, which organises the two affected races.
“We therefore will be doing all we can to not cancel the event entirely. Even a one-day event, we trust, will bring mountain bikers to Greyton to stay a night and eat in the local restaurants.”
Next year’s event will take place from April 9 to 11, she said.
The De Hoop Vlei MTB Experience, set to take place over three days in late-August, has been rescheduled to start on November 19.
Jacobs said that if there were any lockdown-related restrictions on events in November, entries would be refunded in full.
She hoped that its boutique nature, which meant a limited field, would minimise health risks and that it would assist the event in going ahead.