THE annual Welsh Two Day Enduro in Llandrindod Wells has been cancelled.
Organisers confirmed the decision this week and pointed to the ongoing uncertainty over the pandemic and lockdown restrictions.
The event attracts hundreds of riders and fans from across Europe to the Spa town and is one of the highlights of the British enduro calendar.
Its cancellation, in its 70th year, represents a hammer blow for local tourism.
Spokesman Phil Wilkinson said: “After due consideration we have reluctantly decided that we are unable to run the 2021 Welsh Two Day Enduro due to the ongoing Covid situation.
“Although there was some hope of being able to run with the roll out of the vaccination programme, it is clear that this is not enough in itself to give us the confidence that the level of restrictions can be eased sufficiently to enable us to go ahead.
“Also, we should be in a position by now to submit a route to the authorities for the necessary permissions, but without the ability to visit landowners and recce the course we cannot progress this aspect of the organisational process.
“In addition, the event is reliant upon the services of numerous external agencies who also need the certainty that the event can go ahead and cannot commit due to the uncertainty of where we will be with the level of restrictions in June, when the event is due to take place.
“We are sure that you will be as disappointed as we are that it has been necessary to make this decision, particularly as 2021 would have been the 70th anniversary event, but that you will understand the reasons behind it.”