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East Lancashire cycling supporters urge people to support Colne Grand Prix

Lancashire Telegraph: East Lancashire cycling supporters urge people to support Colne Grand Prix East Lancashire cycling supporters urge people to support Colne Grand Prix

CYCLING supporters in East Lancashire are hopeful that they can use the impetus of the Tour de France to cement Pendle’s reputation as one of the sport’s UK meccas.
Just 10 days after the world-famous road race’s ‘Grand Depart’ careers through nearby Skipton and Calderdale, the Colne Grand Prix will attract the country’s two-wheeled elite.
The gathering, to take place again around the town centre’s one-way system, is the lynchpin of Pendle’s annual cycling fiesta.
Borough council bosses in Pendle, with the backing of former director Brian Cookson, now president of the European Cycling Union, have made a name for themselves, attracting premier cycling events to the countryside surrounding Nelson and Colne.
One stage of the national road race championships was hosted in the shadow of Pendle Hill in 2010.
And nearby Barnoldswick was the location for a leg of the popular ‘Ride with Brad’ events, organised by Olympic gold medal winner and Tour de France winner Sir Bradley Wiggins.
Coun Paul White, who leads on enterprise and promotion for the authority, said: “The Pendle Cycling Festival is designed to lead up to and beyond the Grand Depart, close to our borders.
“We’re passionate about cycling and our festival makes us a central part of the UK’s cycling capital, which is Lancashire!”
Festival organisers have been promoting the Tour de France’s arrival in their publicity and recommending hotel and camping sites locally.
One of the venues, Colne and Nelson RUFC, is hosting a beer festival today and tomorrow in the tour’s honour.
The grand prix, on Wednesday, July 16, will begin at 7pm and will be preceded this year by a new sprint event, sponsored by engineering firm Fort Vale, as well as the usual support race.
Olympic gold medallist Steven Burke has recently opened a cycling hub, named in his honour, at Swinden playing fields in Nelson

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6:23pm Sun 6 Jul 14

coates warder says...

sorry are the elite not in the tour de france? whats left is ones not good enough for the tour its like watching reserve team football .no thanks
sorry are the elite not in the tour de france? whats left is ones not good enough for the tour its like watching reserve team football .no thanks coates warder
  • Score: -14

7:08am Mon 7 Jul 14

jenkinsroy says...

Who is paying for this not us I hope by this I mean
The council tax payer here in COLNE & PENDLE
WE think the money should be spent on our toilets here.
Do not for get to GO to the toilet BEFORE THE RACE
As we in COLNE DO NOT HAVE PUBLIC TOILETS WHY
NO MONEY FOR THEM WE ARE TOLD?
BUT MONEY FOR THIS CYCLING EVENT.
AND NOT THE PUBLIC TOILETS WHY?
So sorry I for one will not be supporting this event.
But do have a good day yes one day? our toilets
Are used every day when we had them?
Who is paying for this not us I hope by this I mean The council tax payer here in COLNE & PENDLE WE think the money should be spent on our toilets here. Do not for get to GO to the toilet BEFORE THE RACE As we in COLNE DO NOT HAVE PUBLIC TOILETS WHY NO MONEY FOR THEM WE ARE TOLD? BUT MONEY FOR THIS CYCLING EVENT. AND NOT THE PUBLIC TOILETS WHY? So sorry I for one will not be supporting this event. But do have a good day yes one day? our toilets Are used every day when we had them? jenkinsroy
  • Score: -8

8:43pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Catty girl says...

I will be supporting the Colne Grand Prix along with thousands of others who have been for last couple of years , it is really good for the town and brings income to our Bonny Colne on the hill the public toilets should be opened for such an event and I hope the council keep on supporting this event as rumours were that they might pull the plug on the Grand Prix after this year! Well let's just see how popular the event is after the Tour de France ! And then decide shall we , and as for the closure of the public toilets I would never go near any anyway they encourage perverts and drug users ! And are not safe and do cost a lot to police and manage if got caught short I would nip into a public house or market hall or even the new health centre,! Get a grip all and support this fantastic event you won't be sorry!
I will be supporting the Colne Grand Prix along with thousands of others who have been for last couple of years , it is really good for the town and brings income to our Bonny Colne on the hill the public toilets should be opened for such an event and I hope the council keep on supporting this event as rumours were that they might pull the plug on the Grand Prix after this year! Well let's just see how popular the event is after the Tour de France ! And then decide shall we , and as for the closure of the public toilets I would never go near any anyway they encourage perverts and drug users ! And are not safe and do cost a lot to police and manage if got caught short I would nip into a public house or market hall or even the new health centre,! Get a grip all and support this fantastic event you won't be sorry! Catty girl
  • Score: 3
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