The North West 200 motorcycle road race meeting is one of Northern Ireland's greatest sporting spectaculars. It attracts thousands of fans each year, drawn by the heady mix of skill and danger which accompanies racers travelling at more than 200mph.
It is also a great annual boost to the economy of the north west, particularly the hospitality industry.
But like the Isle of Man TT races this year it has now been cancelled. Due to take place in May the organisers could not be sure that the coronavirus pandemic would be sufficiently under control to enable the fixture to be held.
Even postponing it until August was ruled out as it is impossible to forecast just how much, if any, the situation would have improved and the logistics of switching dates were also deemed too immense to undertake.
The cancellation is a commonsense approach by the organisers but motorcycle fans will hope that the roll out of the vaccination programme will enable the event to be held in 2022.