Selby Three Swans Sportive Proves a Hit Once Again

06 September 2016

THE pavement outside Selby Abbey was once again filled with cyclists on Sunday as a thousand riders took part in the town’s fourth annual Three Swans Sportive.

The event, organised by Yorkshire Cancer Research in partnership with Selby Cycling Club, Selby District Council, which provided a £3,250 grant, and ‘Inspiring healthy lifestyles’, leisure operator for the Council, featured three routes of 30, 60 and 100 miles.

The ride has proved popular with cyclists from across the region, from beginners to more advanced riders, thanks to its flat, fast course and picturesque scenery. 

Victoria Wignall, from Selby Cycling Club, said: “It was fantastic to see so many people riding in the Sportive yesterday. Having set up the event four years ago, we’re so proud that so many people want to take part and raise such vital funds for Yorkshire Cancer Research. A massive thanks to all the volunteers from Selby Cycling Club who gave up precious weekend time to help out.”

Cllr Richard Musgrave, Lead Councillor for Housing, Leisure, Health and Culture said: “Well done to all those that took on the Selby Three Swans Sportive, raising money for a great cause. It was great to see so many cyclists of all ages taking on one of the sportive challenges.  The Selby District is a great place for cycling and the event does a fantastic job in pushing the district as a cycling destination both locally and nationally. 

“Congratulations to Yorkshire Cancer Research and Selby Cycling Club for producing another hugely successful sportive, it’s a deserved reward for the hard work they have put in to delivering the event.  I hope that the sportive will inspire more people in the district to get out on their bike and take part in physical activity.”

Heather Kennedy, Wellbeing Lead and Community Sport for Inspiring healthy lifestyles in Selby District said: “Once again the riders and families turned out in force for the Selby Three Swans Sportive. This year was extra special for us as Yolo from Selby Summit Indoor Adventure was able to sneak out and start the race for the riders. He then helped support our event village which this year championed some of our community partners we work with to promote physical activity and healthy lifestyle choices. 

“Special thanks for their support on the day must go to North Yorkshire Police Selby Safer Neighbourhood, Just Climb of Pickering, Selby District Bike Library, Yorkshire Vikings Triathlon Club, North Yorkshire County Council Pathways to Health project, Selby Leisure Centre and Summit Indoor Adventure. There is always a great buzz about the town on sportive day and I am looking forward next year’s event already.”

The money raised from the Selby Three Swans Sportive will help to raise awareness of cancer and how to prevent it, promote screening programmes to increase early detection and fund innovative research projects, from diagnosis to end-of-life care. To donate to Yorkshire Cancer Research, please visit 



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Notes to Editors

  • Harrogate-based Yorkshire Cancer Research was founded in 1925 and is the largest independent regional cancer charity in England (Registered Charity 516898). We are not part of a national charity.
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