Another Covid Victim....

When I first stayed in Biarritz for some time in the summer, I was pleased to attend Wheels and Waves, which attracted a huge biking crowd every year. The events across 4 days included surfing competitions, off-road races, a ride out with a superb route (which I use now) and the famous Punks Peak, a road race speed trial with a massive range of old bikes, custom bikes, and serious racers. Website is here -

The event had live music in the evenings, was located in a very scenic venue and also had trade shows from all over - including the Bike Shed team -

Well it has been cancelled, again. I share below the email we got the other day, sad to read indeed:

🇬🇧Dear Friends,

At a time when the French government is encouraging the cultural sector to open its doors, an end to artistic lockdown and events to start up again, the road comes to an abrupt end for the 10th anniversary of Wheels and Waves. Following weeks of ups and downs, of talks as contrasting and undulating as the Basque landscapes in which the festival was born 10 years ago, the weather had settled but unfortunately, the event has been PROHIBITED. The decision has been made and has hit us hard, very hard, as we were leaning into the final bend at full speed, three weeks before launching. The event is PROHIBITED, and so are we. Sad and hurt to see this Anniversary for which we have worked so hard have its candles snubbed out before we could even blow them out together. Also perplexed, left standing in front of doors that were so violently and suddenly shut in our faces, when there was no adverse wind or draught to warn us… Thank you all, you have wanted us to simply carry on existing, now and for years to come. At times like these, it’s good to have your family with you. In any case, the year is not over and we are looking to other horizons to find freedom… so as not to take the ban in Biarritz as our demise but as an obstacle to get around.

We will keep you posted, and until then, ride, surf, skate, work in your workshops, live so that we may live and stay connected until new adventures, new experiences bring us together once more… The Wheels and Waves team.

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