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Cycle around the world in Pendle – in 24 hours!

Published: Wednesday, 8th August 2018

News story about the 24 hour cycle challenge

24 hour cycling challenge team ready to cycle the world distance in Pendle.

Anyone who can ride a bike is being urged to take part in an exciting cycle challenge to cover the world distance cycling around the Steven Burke cycle track in Pendle.

Pendle Council has teamed up with Go Velo, a Pendle cycling organisation which offers cycle training and activities across Lancashire, for the unique fundraiser in aid of Pendleside Hospice.

GLOBE VELO 24 - Around the World Challenge will take place from 6pm on Friday 21 September and 6pm on Saturday 22 September at the Steven Burke Sports Hub cycle circuit at Swinden Playing Fields in Nelson.

Details are available on www.pendle.gov.uk/cycling including a link to Eventbrite to register to take part in the overnight challenge between 10.30pm and 10.30am. 

The rest of the time between 6pm to 10.30pm on Friday and 10.30am to 6pm on Saturday you just turn up, pay £5 towards the Hospice, get kitted up with a transponder, get on a bike and pedal as many laps as you like, no need to register.  

Councillor Paul White, Leader of Pendle Council, said:
“It’s a unique way to raise funds for Pendleside Hospice and get more people into cycling,” 

“Cyclists of all levels of ability and ages, from beginners to veterans and professionals can choose how many circuits they do during the 24 hour challenge for charity.

“I will be taking part and clocking up some circuits in aid of Pendleside Hospice which is a cause close to all our hearts.”

“Transponders fitted to every bike will count the miles,” he explained.

Tricia Wilson who leads on cycling for Pendle Council said:
“We’ve been inspired by long-distance British cyclist Mark Beaumont who cycled around the world in 78 days.

“Pendle Council has organised the event with support from Cycle Development Pendle Partnership and people in our wider cycling community.
“We all share a passion for cycling! 

“That’s why we want to jointly cycle a staggering the 18,000 miles distance in 24 hours!
 
Kirsti Grayson, the Director of Go Velo who lives in Trawden in Pendle said:
“I’m confident that together we really can cycle the world distance and clock up thousands of pounds for Pendleside Hospice.

“We need you, your friends and family and anyone else you can persuade to take part with you to turn up with your bike and helmet and complete as many laps of the circuit as you can,” she urged.
“It will all add up to that world distance and if you haven’t a bike or a helmet we can provide them,” she said.

The challenge event will also be a family fun event with live music from acclaimed Trawden band The Switch on the Friday evening from 6.30pm until 7.30pm and a Glow Group Disco from 8pm to 9pm to help keep people pedalling and to entertain spectators.

More bands are being signed up to play on Saturday afternoon and there’ll be a range of stalls including refreshments.
Cyclists can also take up sponsorship to raise even more funds for the hospice if you wish - just phone 01282 661051 if you would like a sponsorship form. 

To take part, cyclists must register on Eventbrite and find out more including health and safety information and information for business teams and groups.
 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/globe-velo-24-around-the-world-challenge-tickets-47989369496

Individual riders must pay a minimum contribution of £5 towards Pendleside Hospice on arrival at the event.