SALISBURY — Salisbury University’s Sea Gull Century bike ride has been canceled for Saturday, Oct. 3.
“We do not do this lightly,” said Amy Waters, Century coordinator. “The safety of our 6,000 cyclists, some 200 volunteers, support staff, spectators and others is our top priority.”
“We have been in close communication with the Maryland Emergency Management Agency regarding two potential weather events in our region. The National Weather Service currently has issued a flood watch for portions of Delmarva through Saturday evening, with 4-7 inches of rain forecasted. Winds up to 35 mph are predicted on Saturday. There also is a hazardous weather outlook for the mid-Atlantic for the possible impacts of Hurricane Joaquin, including additional flooding, heavy rain and wind. Travel to and from Maryland’s Eastern Shore may be treacherous.
“The Century relies annually upon many regional collaborations to help ensure the safety of riders and others. These partners include police agencies, rest stop operations, and more. Given the possibility of weather-related emergencies and the preparations that are being made throughout the region, the demands upon these partners are high. Both the state and national parks on Assateague Island, one of our most popular rest stops, are closing in advance of the storm, for example. We do not want to further burden our partners. We sincerely regret this inconvenience for our riders,” said Waters.
All 2015 registrants will receive an email with additional information. The date for next year’s Century is Oct. 8, 2016.
For more information call 410-543-6030 or visit the SU website at www.salisbury.edu.