COVID-19 Continues to Restrict Large Gatherings and Interstate Travel
(BENTONVILLE, ARK.) July 31, 2020 – Epic Rides announced today that the 2020 Oz Trails Off-Road event scheduled for October 9-11 in Bentonville and Bella Vista, Arkansas will be canceled due to COVID-19.
Epic Rides events exist to facilitate health and build community. Unfortunately, each of those functions are not able to co-exist for the moment. As a result, Epic Rides embraces the personal and organizational responsibility to protect its community in order to foster progress toward health, wellness, and the ultimate recovery of the economy.
“The Oz Trails Off-Road is a great event our community looks forward to every year,” said Kalene Griffith, president, and CEO of Visit Bentonville. “We’ll miss not being able to welcome our cycling friends from all over the country, but look forward to hosting another exciting Oz Trails Off-Road in 2021.”
Like the now-canceled Whiskey Off-Road, Grand Junction Off-Road, and Carson City Off-Road events across the country, Epic Rides’ is taking extra precautions during COVID-19 to ensure the health and safety of our participants and their families. Out of respect for public health within Benton County, we have decided to focus on a stellar Oz Trails Off-Road scheduled for October 8 – 10, 2021.
“We are excited each year for all the fun and talent this event brings to our trails and our communities, but we respect and agree with the decision to cancel this year’s event to ensure everyone’s safety,” said Peter Christie, Mayor of Bella Vista. “We will be looking forward to the 2021 event.”
Participants registered for this year’s Oz Trails Off-Road will receive an e.mail from Epic Rides with further details.
About Epic Rides
Founded in 1999, Epic Rides has become world-famous for producing events that celebrate the many positive aspects of mountain biking. Events such as the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo presented by Tucson Medical Center, Tour of the White Mountains, Whiskey Off-Road, Grand Junction Off-Road, Carson City Off-Road, and the Oz Trails Off-Road are popular with participants because they offer challenging, fun riding and emphasize the joy and camaraderie inherent in the sport.