30 Days of Biking in the South Pennines

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Emma’s Days 18-23 – Clif ‘cross weekend


Wow, it’s been a hectic few days! After a quick ride out with Ali on day 18 the following days have been all about http://www.clifcross.co.uk which is a cyclocross sportive, or challenge ride to put it in more simple terms. Friday was spent putting all the signs out, thankfully in the sunshine. The route takes a long loop over the Pennine Bridleway and other small lanes and farm tracks around the South Pennines.IMG_6148 IMG_6150

We organise quite a few events across the South Pennines, Lakes and Dales. They’re hard work, but rewarding.

Once we’d finished marking out the cycle part of the event we started on marking out the run section. We put this on as an optional extra, the athletes could do just the ride, just the run…and a few hardy fools did both! Chapeau to them.IMG_6155

Thankfully the weather was doing it’s finest on the day and riders were treated to glorious sunshine. Congratulations to all who took part and see you next year.IMG_6159

Sunday saw Ali and I take a trip over to Gisburn Forrest to see what it was like. We were on our CX bikes, a few of the MTB riders chuckled as we passed them. Don’t worry I don’t think we’ll be anywhere near the black runs!IMG_6169 IMG_6170 IMG_6171

Monday, day 22 was the Tour de France conference in the Town Hall in Hebden Bridge, Welcome to Yorkshire were over to help explain Le Tour and how it would affect and encourage tourism in the South Pennines when le Tour comes in 2014. We were treated to a Balance Bike race by local children.

Here’s a short film. https://vimeo.com/64584794

Day 23 was a gentle jaunt down to the speedway track to see how much tidying it needs.IMG_6143

2 thoughts on “Emma’s Days 18-23 – Clif ‘cross weekend

  1. Do you know if there’s any plans for reviving the old BMX track? I know a bunch of 3 year olds who, having graduated from their balance bikes, would be very keen to pedal over a few bumps and lumps. We went down last week and went round and round but without a few bumps the fun was limited. It’d be nice if it could accommodate some big stuff for big kids/adults and some gentler stuff for the smaller ones.

    • Yes, we hope to, however it isn’t a BMX track, it’s a cycle speedway track. It is now back in it’s original form. We are holding The Great Tweed Pie race on the track as a finale to our 30 days of biking on Tuesday 30th. We will be having knock out rounds of speedway racing. There are 30 places, on a first come first serve basis. Sowerby used to have two cycle speedway clubs, both are now disbanded. We’d like to bring one back.

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