Videos show Pendle cycling options in different lights

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A compelling short film entitled “Ride the Light Fantastic!” is one of two videos to be released by Pendle Council ahead of Stage Two of the Tour of Britain on Monday.

The video will be launched this Saturday after filming of Pendle cyclists on twilight rides finishes on Friday.

Cyclists are being filmed between the Steven Burke cycle track, named after Pendle’s Olympic gold medallist, and Northlight – Brierfield Mill, all along the Leeds and Liverpool canal tow path.

The video is being created by film maker Graham Kay from Clitheroe and Pendle Council with support from ACDC lighting and riders from local cycling clubs, including Pendle’s own Go Velo, Pendle Forest and Pendle Raleigh Chopper riders group.

It will have a fascinating soundtrack by sound artist Helmut Lemke, thanks to support from Super Slow Way.

Sarah Lee from Pendle Council’s Communications Team, who instigated the film, explained: “A lot of film footage on cycling is adrenaline fuelled and focused on racing.

“I thought it would be interesting to create an artistic film to promote cycling and Pendle in a very different way.”

Graham has been using the effect of darkness and light with the cyclists creating moving semi-abstract moving images of light.

Sarah said: “The film features Northlight - Brierfield Mill and the Victorian gasometer, Brierfield, two compelling landmarks on the Stage Two race route.”

ACDC Lighting, a global lighting company based in Barrowford, will be lighting a canal bridge and Northlight - Brierfield Mill on Thursday and Friday evenings for the last twilight rides before the final cut.

Sarah added: “The effect is fantastic. ACDC is a company with a passion for cycling and they’ve been taking part in the rides and even lighting the bikes in Tour of Britain colours – red, white and blue!”

“Ride the Light Fantastic!” will also be featured on the big screens in Colne on the day of the race, outside Colne Muni and at the race finish near St Bartholomew’s Church in Church Street.

Meanwhile, a new video showing the race route with commentary by top UK cyclist and Team Raleigh GAC rider Ian Wilkinson from Pendle, has been commissioned by Pendle and Ribble Valley Councils.

It can be seen on www.tourofbritainstage2.co.uk and features gruelling King of the Mountain sections at the Nick O’Pendle and Bleara Moor, Earby.