PEORIA (WEEK) -- The Peoria Motorcycle Club's TT races will not be held in 2020.
The club's board of directors made the announcement to postpone the races to 2021 last week in a letter, citing health concerns and other restrictions amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The letter states the "races rely very heavily on volunteers from club members and others from within the motorcycle and racing community to prepare for and put on the events."
"Many of these awesome folks are either part of, or take care of people considered to be in the ‘at risk’ category for illness such as with COVID, and are not willing or able to expose themselves to large crowds. On top of that, the State of Illinois continues to extend the mandated restrictions which prevent us from even gathering formally to hold membership meetings or work as a group, which is critical to our ability to function," the letter read.
"Although some feel the reaction to COVID is entirely overblown and exaggerated, many others do not. We have already had several key contributors inform us that they would not help this year regardless of whether we are able to negotiate special treatment from the government, and we have no choice but to support their decisions. We also want to ensure the safety of all the participants, fans, vendors, sponsors,and volunteers at all of our events."
However, discussions are being held with the American Flat Track organization on holding a "ghost race" at the track in 2020 to reduce resources required to put on the event.
"This would not be ideal, and is admittedly a real longshot - but we are looking into it," the letter read.
"We apologize to our fans for having to come to this decision, and we do not take it lightly. Regardless of the disappointments and frustration we all have about 2020, we will be looking to make 2021 an exceptional year for the Peoria TT, and hope to take advantage of the extra time this year to put together even more exciting programs in 2021."