Saturday, 2 August 2008

Events in Pendle

Locally, we seem to be coming to the climax of cycling events for the year. Recently there was the Grand Prix in Blackburn, which was part of the Celebrate Blackburn holiday festival. A week earlier was the Colne Grand Prix. This Sunday, the 3rd August, is the Pendle Cycle Show and Pendle Pedal sportive. The cycle show is part of the Pendle Cycle Fest and aimed to showcase cycling with displays, stunt riding, live music and numerous bicycle related activities.

Pendle Pedal Sportive, sponsored by Eric Wright Construction, offers a choice of routes between the main ride at 160km and a shorter option of 100km. The route passes through some of the most beautiful rural scenery in the country and includes many of the tough climbs used on bigger cycling races. Pendle, Ribble Valley, Lune Valley and Forest of Bowland countryside will be linked with famous climbs such as the Trough of Bowland, Waddington Fell, Salter Fell (MTB option), Tatham Fell and Nick O'Pendle. Entry is still possible on the day from 7:30-8:30am and 8:30-09:30am for the 160km and 100km routes respectively. The start is at the Rolls Royce sports ground in Barnoldswick.

We may just be out that way somewhere on the bikes so hope to see some of the riders.

A week later, on the 10th is the Tour of Pendle. An altogether more serious race over 90 miles, starting in the centre of Nelson and taking in three laps of a circular route around Barrowford, Gisburn, Chatburn, Whalley and Padiham.

Photo: M J S

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