Thursday, 2 April 2009

Cyclinks #2

Stuff related to cycling.

Potty cycle lanes
Blackburn cycle lanes have been much in the news of late. with usual comments from disaffected residents. Not new news, but the debate rages on.

Gisburn Forest update
Singletrackworld reports even more investment in Gisburn forest. The Forestry Commission is putting £60,000 into cycling trails. Overall that's £180,000 total investment under the umbrella of Ribble Valley Sports and Physical Activity Alliance (SPAA), with £60,000 coming from Sport England via lottery funding, £60,000 from project partners, who are: Gisburn Forest Volunteers, the Forest of Bowland Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty, Ribble Valley Borough Council, Ribble Valley Strategic Partnership, United Utilities and the Forestry Commission and now a futher £60,000 'in-kind' investment from the Forestry Commission in materials. Also reported in the Telegraph and cycling news sites.
Facebook group for the Gisburn trails. This is where to find out when trailbuilding is happening and where to go if you want to volunteer. A mailing list exists for volunteers. Subscribe by emailing Oh, and the main message about the new trails is to stay off them until they're bedded-in.

Photos:Nigel Pilling

Lee Quarry
Dave Hygarth has put up a website about Lee Quarry over near Bacup. I'm somewhat ambivalent about these boilerplate 'community' social sites as they over use scripting and end up pretty slow. They also spring up in parallel with communities that already have a social site. Lee Quarry seems pretty specific though.
Brownbacks (what a name) are organising two series of four races each at Lee Quarry, the first being sponsored by Hope.
Also running a race at Lee, Singletrack magazine are getting in on the action in July. Lee Quarry official info.

SIS launch organic nutrition
Science in Sport suppliers to the British Cycling team and based down at Brockhole near Blackburn. The photo below is entrance to Brockhole Village as I passed tonight.

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