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Colne cyclist Steven Burke welcomes cycle hub boost
OLYMPIC gold medallist Steven Burke has spoken of his delight after a major cash injection for a cycling hub bearing his name.
The announcement over the Steven Burke Sports Hub funding, for the Swinden Playing Fields venture in Nelson, completes a wheels hat-trick for the borough.
Last Sunday saw the return of the Sir Bradley Wiggins’ Ride With Brad Sportive, around Barnoldswick and West Craven, and the 10th anniversary of the Colne Grand Prix, last month, proved popular again with bike lovers.
Supporting the bid, the Colne Cyclone said: “The hub will be fantastic for Pendle and for getting boys and girls into cycling. It’s a great sport that will stay with them for life.”
Cycle Sport Pendle, with the support of the borough council and a number of local clubs and groups, have been presented with £150,000 by Sport England’s Inspired Facilities programme for the initiative.
Altogether more than £300,000, using other contributions from the authority, Nelson and Colne area committees and Lancashire Environmental Fund, will be used to create a new track around the playing fields.
Coun Joe Cooney, Pendle Council leader, said: “It’s fantastic news that we’ve been successful with our bid.
“This will be a wonderful hub for cycling, including coaching, racing and cycling for leisure.
“Cycling is booming in Pendle thanks to athletes like Steven Burke and Sir Bradley Wiggins, plus the Ride with Brad Sportive and the Colne Grand Prix.
“The whole scheme is sure to attract more people to cycling in Pendle.” School riders and bike enthusiasts with disabilities will be encourage to take advantage of the new venue, which will continue to be home for football and cricket sides.
Peter Boast, of Cycle Sport Pendle, added: “Like a swimming club without a pool, cycling development in Pendle has been compromised and unable to reach its full potential without its own facility – so this is brilliant news. It will bring Pendle a much-heralded Olympic legacy.”
An open day is being planned for Saturday, August 24, to celebrate the hub’s launch.
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