The Transcontinental Motorcycle Endurance Run Rerouted To 2021
Jason Sims, owner of the Motorcycle Cannonball, has announced that the historic transcontinental event has been rescheduled due to the ongoing effects of COVID-19. A biennial event, the 2020 race was set to include as many as 120 riders from around the globe all competing on motorcycles manufactured before 1929. Scheduled to depart Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan on September 10, 2020 and arrive for the Grande Finale on September 27, 2020 in South Padre Island, Texas, the event has been pushed into 2021.
“An attitude of, “full steam ahead, gung-ho, and business and usual,” has been my credo for the last few months,” stated event organizer, Jason Sims. “We’ve been working on this run for more than a year and a half and were just completing the last few details. I never had an ounce of concern that COVID-19 would impact the 2020 Motorcycle Cannonball like it has. Heck, we’ve weathered natural and logistical disasters in the past and managed to come out on top, but this comes down to the safety and well-being of not just the participants but of the general public, as well.
“However, while conducting the last course run, it became obvious that the socially responsible thing to do is to reschedule. With a route that encompasses more than 4,000 miles across nine states, we’re leaving a huge footprint across our country. So, with everyone’s best interest in mind, the decision to postpone the run until September 2021 was made.”
The new anticipated run date will be September 9-26, 2021. Riders are assured their same position for the 2021 Motorcycle Cannonball. “As an organization, we will continue to focus on ways to enhance this historic, “Man and Machine vs. the Miles,” event,” says Sims. “While maintaining the integrity of the run for generations to come, will stay committed to arranging the most challenging antique motorcycle event in the world.”