Friday, 22 May 2015

View from the settee

I only managed one tiny ride this week; into Nelson for the Pendle cycle forum.
Wow there's a lot of cycling events there in the next few months. In the run up to this year's Colne Grand Prix and the Tour of Britain's second day stage through Ribble Valley & Pendle, there will be rides on which will tandem with the Lancashire Cycle Challenge (many of which will be listed on the new Cycle Lancashire website).  Pendle Cycling festival runs over summer until Sept, the brochure can be found here, but as additional rides are listed, they will go on the Cycle Lancs site.  I wasn't in time to list the RSF rides in the brochure (what with giving birth and new mum duty), but I'll be leading some beginner rides and at least one big ride.

If you haven't heard of the Lancs Cycle Challenge and you ride a bike, where have you been over the last three years? Work places compete to win prizes in the hope to encourage new people to ride a bike and to up the mileage of current cyclists.  It's not just commutes that count, all rides over the three week period in June count, so get your work place registered and have some competitive fun!  No chance I'll be winning any prizes this time since there won't be any commutes for another couple of months for me.

And if you're not local, but love cycling Pendle is a brilliant base to enjoy a cycling holiday; it's right next to the Yorkshire Dales & Ribble Valley, not to mention that it's a stones throw from Calderdale so if you like climbing hills you could not be disappointed. Equally if you prefer gentler rides the Leeds Liverpool canal forms a beautiful corridor to tailor leisurely rides from. We have great off-roading too; the Pennine bridleway and Mary Towneley Loop are all in the vicinity. Lancashire really is a great place to visit & cyclists and walkers who live here know how lucky we are.  We're now fully connected to the rail network from Leeds, Manchester (via Burnley) and Preston so visiting with your bike is easy!   Can you tell I'm missing my bike miles? ;-)


  1. I'll be down for the ToB Georgie at least and I'll try and get down for a Lancs RSF ride before the summers out!

    1. Ooh brilliant :-) If you want to pop round for a brew or need good cafe advice near the route, give me a shout.
      Well sounds like the summer should be a good un :-)