Pedal power reigns in June

Ribble Valley Counciil's Sports Development officer Peter Fletcher (centre) with organisers of the Ribble Valley Cycling Festival (s)
Ribble Valley Counciil's Sports Development officer Peter Fletcher (centre) with organisers of the Ribble Valley Cycling Festival (s)

The Ribble Valley is set to go cycle crazy in June with the second Ribble Valley Cycling Festival and the Clitheroe Grand Prix.

The festival, which runs from Thursday, June 2nd to Sunday, June 12th, will feature a host of activities, including led cycle rides, a pop-up ‘Velodroam’ and a Clitheroe town centre bike race.

The Clitheroe Castle bandstand will host a bike-powered concert on Saturday, June 4th, while the Ribble Valley Triathlon Club will hold “Try a tri” introductory sessions for juniors and seniors on Sunday, June 12th.

Events will also take place throughout the week at the Green Jersey cycle shop in Clitheroe.

The Clitheroe Grand Prix takes place on Friday, June 3rd for the first time in a decade. Organised by Richard Paige of the Green Jersey bike shop in the town the top amateur and elite cyclists will be racing around a challenging 900m course at times exceeding speeds of 30 mph. The course will be barriered along Castle Street, Wellgate, Lowergate and up the climb of Moor Lane. The first race will be off at 6.30pm and will feature some of the best young riders from the North of England. In the following two races, at 7.15pm and 8.15pm, you will see top amateur and maybe even a few Pro’s take on the technical course set out by Richard and his team.

Ribble Valley Borough Council leader Stuart Hirst said: “Ribble Valley is one of the UK’s premier visitor destinations, with a national reputation for fine food and drink, outstanding independent shops and stunning countryside.

“The borough is also fast becoming a hotspot for cycling enthusiasts, due to its beautiful and varied landscape.

“Hosting Stage Two of the 2015 Aviva Tour of Britain brought the borough a tremendous boost and we are looking forward to another fantastic cycling event.”

Ribble Valley Borough Council sports development officer and festival organiser Peter Fletcher added: “Last year’s cycling festival was a huge success and the buzz it created was fantastic.

“It gave us a great platform on which to build for the future and we are inviting residents to saddle up and join us for what promises to be another fabulous family-friendly festival.”

The 2016 Ribble Valley Cycling Festival brochure is available from the Ribble Valley Borough Council Offices, Clitheroe Visitor Information Centre, Longridge Community Gym or ribblevalley.gov.uk.

If you would like to know anymore about the Clitheroe Grand Prix and the Ribble Valley Cycling Festival , Richard would be delighted to answer any questions you may have and he is available at The Green Jersey, Taylor Street.