New closed road circuit opens at new Steven Burke Sports Hub

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A new 1.1km closed road circuit will be a key feature of the new Steven Burke Sports Hub which opens in Pendle, Lancashire on Saturday 27 June.

The circuit has been completed with £250,000 funding from British Cycling and £150,000 from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund.

An additional £150,000 was provided by Pendle Council, Pendle Council’s Colne and Nelson Area Committees and the Lancashire Environment Fund.

The opening of the new all-weather circuit will be followed by five days of events leading up to the Tour de France and the Colne Grand Prix on 16 July.

Olympic gold medallist, Steven Burke, will be in attendance at the opening on Saturday morning and will ride two laps of the new circuit with young riders from Cycle Sport Pendle.

Burke said: “I’m really looking forward to attending the opening and having a ride on the new track. It will be fantastic for people in the local area to have something like this on their doorstep. The more places there are for people to cycle the better, both at a participation level but also in unearthing the next generation of Olympic gold medallists.”

Peter Boast, of Cycle Sport Pendle, has been pursuing the vision of a cycling hub in Pendle over the last five years and is delighted to see the project reach its conclusion.

“It’s been a great team effort and fantastic that our vision of a wonderful hub for cycling; including coaching, racing and cycling for leisure, has become a reality. It will be brilliant to introduce people of all ages to the exhilarating sport of cycling.”