Poppyscotland’s Sportive cycle event is called off for 2020
Poppyscotland’s Sportive cycling event has been cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The popular annual event – which sees around 1000 riders take to the roads of East Lothian and the Borders in September – usually raises tens of thousands of pounds for the leading Armed Forces charity.
Gordon Michie, the head of fundraising at Poppyscotland, said: “We feel it is the right course of action. There are several key reasons why we have taken this decision, including the ongoing uncertainty regarding mass participation events and when they can safely start again.
“By cancelling the event until next year, we have reduced any potential risk to the communities of East Lothian, the Borders and beyond as it is imperative that we maintain the strong relationships that we have built with them over the past seven years.”
Next year’s Sportive has been scheduled for Sunday, September 26.
Gordon added: “We will be back bigger and better than ever, especially given that next year we will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Scottish Poppy Appeal.”
Participants in the 2020 Poppyscotland Sportive will have their places transferred automatically to next year’s event, but are welcome to a refund.
Poppyscotland is also asking riders to consider doing a ‘virtual Sportive’ – known as the ‘Poppy Cycle Challenge’.
Details can be found at Poppyscotland: Poppy Cycle