The 2020 Lake Huron Gran Fondo has been cancelled due to COVID-19.
In a release, the organizing committee says the decision was made due to the uncertainty in regards to timelines around the pandemic, and the measures issued by government and health agencies to combat the spread of the virus.
"Planning to host a gathering of over 1,000 people in a time when public gatherings may still be banned for months to come would contradict the values of the Foundation, in which we work to support the health of our community, residents and visitors," the release explains.
The annual cycling fundraiser held in August to support of the Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation sets off from Southampton, with riders going on varying treks around Bruce County that range from 30 to 160 kilometres in length.
The Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation estimates to date that due to cancelled events from the impact of COVID-19 that their annual revenue will be down over $320,000.
The Foundation says several sponsors volunteered to donate their funds to the Foundation despite the fact Gran Fondo has been cancelled.
"Each felt this was a crucial time to support local healthcare in the face of this epidemic," a statement from the Foundation explains.
The Gran Fondo Lake Huron will return in 2021.