For the cyclocross riders, the most important appointment of this winter is scheduled in two weeks: the World Championship in Fayetteville, USA. With the highly contagious omikron variant in mind, the riders are advised to avoid contacts as much as possible.
“Certainly with people they are not sure about,” explains federal doctor Kris Van Der Mieren. “For the rest, we will continue to follow our own strict protocol. On the other hand, all riders have been vaccinated and there are also those who have already had their booster. A PCR test is then mandatory the day before departure to the US, otherwise you will not be allowed on the plane. We will also try to create one bubble on the plane.”
And in Fayetteville itself? “We have not yet received the covid protocol from the UCI, but we will have to follow the local protocol anyway,” said Van der Mieren. “We will also try to form micro-bubbles locally: elite with elite, promises with promises, juniors with juniors… We already have a lot of experience with this at the federation. Face masks will have to be worn in close contact.”
And what if someone tests positive or has had a high-risk contact in the US? “Then of course they go into isolation, but that doesn’t mean everyone has to be in isolation. Each case will be looked at individually, taking into account parameters such as, for example, the number of vaccines they have already received and the nature of the contacts.”