The move we were all fearing.

Today, in a statement via Facebook and Instagram, organiser Mark Richmond announced the cancellation of the 2020 event due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

As a cyclocross race organiser, I can certainly feel the pressure and fully understand the position of Mark and team. It’s an early but decisive move, coming a handful of days before the traditional 1st June opening of the entry system.

The 2020 edition of the 3 Peaks Cyclo-Cross is cancelled as a result of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. This decision has been reached by the organising group in the interest of the local community, competitors, spectators and the general public alike. It is also the right decision to safeguard future editions of the race.

There are many factors that have been taken into account and the outcome is a considered decision.

The 58th edition of the race will be scheduled for Sunday 26th September 2021.

The race is a major training and fundraising event for the Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team who provide safety and medical support. The team would appreciate any donations that competitors may choose to make in lieu of the race entry fee. A donation can be made direct at the team’s JustGiving Page (https://www.justgiving.com/bowland-penninemrt )

Mark Richmond, 27th May 2020

The event’s cancellation is the third cancellation of the event this century after its 40-event run from 1961 to 2000. The events set to take place in 2001 and 2007 were both cancelled due to Foot and Mouth disease outbreaks.

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