30 Days of Biking in the South Pennines

Joining in the fun with #30daysofbiking

Emma’s Day 1 – One foot in the past, another steps forward

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So here we are, back again for another round of #30daysofbiking some riders returning, some new faces, all here for the same reason. To share our beautiful South Pennine landscape with you, to hopefully inspire you to both ride and visit.

Sadly today we found out that one of our bloggers Alan Dorrington has suffered two broken vertebra in a crash at the weekend. Healing thoughts with him, as he has the prospect of 12 weeks in a cone of shame to contend with.

I thought I’d start my 30 days with a little trip down to the speedway track in Sowerby Bridge. For those of you who’ve not read this blog before, it’s something I stumbled upon by chance in last years 30 Days of Biking.photo-20

Speedway is one of the most simple forms of cycle racing there is. 4 riders, 4 laps, first across the line wins. Everyone can share the same bikes which makes it really accessible. Speedway bikes have no brakes and no gears but do have a freewheel. It’s not as scary as it sounds. The Sowerby Bridge Track is on a little bit of a rough state and needs a new surface after it suffered flood damage a couple of years ago. In the last year we’ve held three themed races and Heckmondwike Speedway Club have kindly been over with real speedway bikes for us to have a go on.photo-21

By doing these small low key races we can hopefully raise the profile of the track and get it back up and running. If we can get a kitty of four bikes we can run as many races as we like, everyone can have a go. It’s all about sharing and getting this track back in action for the community. While I was there I had a few practice laps on my Kinesis ATR Tripster….with disk brakes, cheating really! Speedway laps


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