Pedal Pendle Fest rolls on round

There will be a chance to try your hand at BMX at the festival.

The Pedal Pendle Festival is back, offering a range of races, events, and attractions for complete beginners, young racing cyclists, and spectators alike.

The fantastic free event will take place at the Steven Burke Sports Hub, Swinden Playing Fields in Nelson on Sunday, September 24th from 12pm to 4pm, with entry fees for the race range from £15 to £30. Alternatively, interested potential entrants can raise sponsorship for Pendleside Hospice and register at

Matters will be kicking off on the day at 8am with the Wiggle Pedal Pendle Sportives - for interested entrants, booking is essential at

This will be followed by youth races starting from 10.30 am and then the Pedal Pendle Festival starting at 12 noon with free activities through till 4pm.

“It’ll be a jam-packed event for both riders and spectators,” said organiser Tricia Wilson, from Pendle Council, with the council’s champion for cycling, Tony Greaves, adding: “Our Festival’s designed to encourage more people from children to adults to take up cycling for health, fitness and leisure."

There will also be try-a-bike sessions with Go Velo and the chance to have a go at BMX, with bikes provided, while attendees can also bring your bike along and have it checked over by Dr Bike.

British Cycling will be leading two gentle guided rides suitable for beginners on the day: a Breeze guided ride for women only setting off at 12 noon from the orange CSP Cycle Sport Pendle tent, and a Ride Social guided ride sets off at 2pm the CSP tent.

“Please bring your bike and cycle helmet for these guided rides," said Tricia. “It’ll be a great free event for families too; we’ve got a climbing wall, face painting, henna painting, and an exciting day’s racing to watch around the circuit."

“This event shows that Pendle is passionate about cycling and offers lots of opportunities for competitive and leisure cycling,” added Councillor Greaves. “We’re keen for more people to come and use the cycle track named after Pendle’s double gold medallist Steven Burke MBE.

“It’s a fantastic facility for all levels of cyclists including beginners,” he continued.

The Hub, including the off the road circuit, can be found on Swinden Playing Fields between Nelson and Barrowford, with public parking for this event via Wilton Street, Barrowford.

“Why not cycle in to our event along the canal tow path or on one of our off road cycling routes?” asked Tricia.

More details on Pedal Pendle and on a variety of cycling routes in Pendle are on

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