By all accounts, the 2010 Red Bull Catalina Grand Prix has gone down in the history books as a huge success, with some 800 riders of all ages competing in 12 races, vintage and modern, that recaptured the spirit of the original competitions held on this California island back in the 1950s. Problem is, there hasn’t been another Catalina Grand Prix since that December 2010, event, and now we have confirmation from the City of Avalon that there will not be a race in 2013. Disappointing, for sure. The release below is from Ben Harvey, City Manager, City of Avalon:
“Due to unforeseen difficulty in obtaining requisite governmental permits and agency/organization approvals, the City of Avalon has reluctantly determined that it must cancel its plans for the 2013 Catalina Island Grand Prix.
“However, the City of Avalon remains enthusiastically committed to bringing the Grand Prix back to the community, and will continue with the planning process for a series of future Grand Prix events proposed over a five-year period.
“The City looks forward to working with the state and federal permitting agencies, the Santa Island Company and the Catalina Conservancy in this endeavor.”