Selby Three Swans Sportive 2020 – Cancellation

Date: 07 July 2020

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Yorkshire Cancer Research has taken the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Selby Three Swans Sportive, due to take place on Sunday, 6th September.  

The Sportive is a flagship event for the charity, with over 1200 riders and volunteers supporting it each year along with partners Selby Cycling Club and Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles.  

As a result of the cancellation, the charity will lose fundraised income. However, the wellbeing, safety and health of supporters and volunteers are of greater importance.  

Anyone who has bought a place this year will be offered a refund or deferral to 2021’s event. If you would like a refund, please get in touch, we will be happy to organise this. Otherwise, your entry will be automatically transferred to next year. 

Dr Kathryn Scott, Chief Executive at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “It is with regret that we’ve taken the decision to cancel this very popular and successful event. We understand those looking forward to taking part will feel disappointed.   

“However, we believe this is the safest and wisest decision. We are looking forward to welcoming cyclists to next year’s event and, in the meantime, there are lots of other ways to support the charity and its work to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer in Yorkshire.”  



Why haven’t you postponed the event to a new date? 

With the possibility of a further wave of Covid-19 meaning we might invest further time and money only to have to then cancel the event, we didn’t feel able to commit to a new date this year. Plus, we could find that many people that participate every year may not want to in 2020 because of the pandemic. 

What is British Cycling’s approach to Sportives? 

British Cycling has announced (3rd July update) that some cycling events can go ahead from the 1st August. However events involving riders coming together at the start of the route - such as sportives – should not. No indication of a possible start date has been given for sportives.  

What factors did you consider in making this decision? 

  • Government guidance 
  • Governing body advice 
  • The health and safety of participants, volunteers and members of the public along with the implications for the emergency services 
  • The risk posed to many of our supporters and participants  
  • Venue availability - many of these are community, leisure or hospitality based and may not have been available/open  
  • Possible social distancing measures required and the implications  
  • The cost of the event and ensuring we spend donors’ money wisely 
  • Risk of a second wave of Covid-19 before the event 

I’d still like to support Yorkshire Cancer Research, how can I help? 

We’ve just launched our 2020 Give It Some Welly campaign, which takes place on Yorkshire Day (August 1). There are lots of ways to get involved.

Why not come up with your own challenge? One of our supporters cycled the full distance of the Tour de Yorkshire on an exercise bike while shielding at home.

Please get in touch if you’d like help setting up your own challenge – / 01423 877 210 

You can also make a donation to Yorkshire Cancer Research


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