Selby Three Swans FAQs

Will I be able to sign up for the event on the day?

Yes – we will have a very limited number of on-the-weekend signs ups, which will be available on a first come first served basis. However, we do recommend you sign up before Thursday 3rd September 2020, to avoid disappointment.

What is the minimum age for participants?

There is no minimum age to participate although all participants under the age of 18 will need to have a completed Parental Consent form to take part, and all participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian throughout the ride. There will be no special provision made for young people; their parents/guardians must be clear about the demands of the ride they are consenting to and whether or not this is appropriate.

Do I have to fundraise to participate?

No – But we encourage you to do so. If everyone taking part raised £50 in sponsorship, this would raise an amazing £50,000 to help save Yorkshire lives!

What percentage of the entry fee/jersey price go to Yorkshire Cancer Research?

The Selby Three Swans Sportive is organised by Yorkshire Cancer Research and that means that after running costs have been covered, all remaining funds are invested in vital research and services across Yorkshire. 44% of registration fees are able to be used to help more people in our region avoid and survive cancer. In 2019, registration fees provided £12,600. Thanks to additional funds raised through sponsorship, the Sportive contributed an incredible £36,453 to our life-saving work.If we receive the suggested donation of £30 for the cycling jerseys, 33.5% of that fee is invested to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. 

Is the sportive competitive?

No – This is a charity cycle ride and not a race. Please enjoy your day out in the countryside and respect all other participants.

What are the elevation of the routes?

The elevantion gains from the 2019 routes are below, these have been taken from Garmin.
One Swan - 30 miles: 42 meters
Two Swans - 63 miles: 196 meters
Three Swans 100 miles: 367 meters

Can I change the distance I have chosen to ride?

Yes – contact the events team at or telephone 01423 877210. We will need to know your name, distance you are currently on and the distance you would like to change to. You will be required to pay an additional £5 if you are moving up by one swan and £10 if moving up by two swans.

Can someone else collect my rider number? (TBC)

Yes – just bring the email confirmation for each rider you’re collecting the numbers for to the registration desk. Rider numbers can be collected at the Summit Indoor Adventure centre on Saturday 5th September, 10:00am – 2:00pm or Sunday 6th September 6.45am – 09:00am.

What time does my ride start? (TBC)

100 miles – 7.45am
63 miles – 8:30am
30 miles - 9:00am
Please arrive in good time to register before your start time. The start line will close at 9:30am.

Do I have to wear a helmet?

Yes! - No helmet no ride!

Can I use handlebar extensions, such as triathlon bars?

Aerobars, Triathlon handlebars or other bar extensions are discouraged for safety reasons. Where riders do have them fitted, they must not be used when riding in a group and riders must allow for a gap to the rider(s) in front that allows time to reach for their brakes if necessary.

Can I use ear/headphones during the ride?

Please do not use ear/headphones, as you may need to listen for instructions from our rider and route marshals. The route is also on open roads and ear/headphones may cause a distraction from the traffic.

Are the routes on closed roads?

No – the routes will take place on open roads. The route is fully sign posted and there will be rider marshals along the route. We advise all participants to follow the highway code throughout and be considerate to other road users.

How do I get a Yorkshire Cancer Research cycling jersey?

We recommend a suggested donation of £30 + £2.50 to cover P&P. Payments can be made by either cheque, bank transfer, over the phone or online; whichever is easiest for you. If you would like to get a cycling jersey, please contact the events team at or telephone 01423 877210.

Is there a car park nearby?

You can find information on car park locations at All council parking is free on Sundays in Selby. Please do not leave your car in the Summit Indoor Adventure car park while taking part; this car park is reserved for customers of the Summit only.

When will I receive my event guide?

We will be emailing all participants with the full event guide 2-3 weeks before the event. Please make sure to add to your contact list.

Is the event timed?

Yes – we have a company providing this for the event. Results will be available immediately after you cross the line at their results booth and online at

Will there be food and drink available at the event village?

Yes – We will have food and drink vendors at the finish line along with The Summit providing food during registration. 

Will there be feed/water stations available along the route?

Yes – We will be providing free food and water at designated stations along the routes but we also recommend that riders and volunteers bring their own food with them to fuel their ride; please remember to respect the other riders and volunteers when at these feed stations. 

Will there be technical support available?

Yes – technical support will be provided at the start line by Selby Cycling Club who will also be providing limited on-route support, along with a sweeper vehicle in case of total breakdown. We also recommend you bring spares with you in case of any minor issues.

Will there be medical support available?

Yes – medical support will be available at the start/finish area and on the race route. In case of any serious incidents, 999 should be called but an emergency number will be provided in the event guide and on the day for our on course medical support.

What time am I expected to finish by?

The finish line will be there until 5.00pm, you can still finish after this time; however, you will not receive an official finishing time.

Will there be changing facilities?

No – But toilets will be available at registration, at the start/finish area, and at the feed stations on-route.