This year's Three Peaks Cyclo-Cross race, scheduled for Sunday September 30th, has been cancelled due to the ongoing foot and mouth crisis in southern England.
The Three Peaks passes through some of Yorkshire's prime grazing lands and with thousands of sheep still on the hills, organiser John Rawnsley has been forced to cancel the event. He made the decision after consulting local landowners and farmers, whose continuing support is pivotal to the event.
"Cancelling the event is the last thing we'd want to do, and we regret the disappointment this will cause amongst the riders who have entered," said Rawnsley in a statement. "Unfortunately it's a risk we simply can't afford to take if the event is to maintain the local goodwill it has built up over many years. I have spoken to local landowners and tenant farmers and the consensus was that we should cancel the race. The race's future depended on us making the right decision."
With riders due to travel to the race from the four corners of Britain (and overseas), including Surrey, the current focal point of the crisis, the risk of spreading the disease was deemed too great to be acceptable.
All the riders who have entries for the 2007 race will have their entries carried over to the 2008 event, subject to their confirming their intention to ride. More on this, plus information on refunds will be posted on the event website in the next few days at www.3peakscyclocross.org.uk.