CANCELLED - Sodbury Sportive
Chipping Sodbury RFC
After much deliberation and many zoom meetings the organisers have taken the decision to cancel the 2020 Sodbury Sportive. We have been waiting to see how the Covid-19 crisis was unfolding and the latest Government advice but it has become just too unlikely that a mass gathering such as a sportive is going to be possible by August. Another factor in our decision was that many of our loyal volunteers, that are the backbone of the event, are in the ‘at risk’ category so keeping them safe is a priority. We considered trying to alter the event to suit the circumstances, maybe a virtual event or various other styles that would permit social distancing. However we feel the situation is a little volatile with many people nervous about the Covid crisis which has resulted in an increase in anti-cyclist feelings. With this in mind we feel that organising any event at this time where we are going direct many riders around otherwise quiet areas wouldn’t help the perception of the event or cyclists. We considered moving the date of the event but it’s difficult to see a date in the foreseeable future that would give certainty of the event going ahead, combined with other problems such as venue availability (we can’t use the rugby club once the season starts) and heading into shorter days and colder weather.
So that’s the bad news, good news is next year the Sodbury Sportive will return on Sunday 15th August 2021
Anyone who has already entered the 2020 event will receive a full refund minus a small transaction fee (which we can’t recover), we’ll get this done asap.
Thanks for all your support and see you at the Sodbury Sportive 2021.