Thousands flock to Colne for major British cycling event

By Scott Dawson Advertising

02 Aug 2023

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Thousands lined the streets as they enjoyed the fast and furious Fort Vale Colne Grand Prix on Tuesday 25th July.

A major event in the British Cycling calendar and part of the British Cycling National Circuit Series, Colne welcomed some of the best riders in the country to Lancashire for what was an incredible spectacle. 

Taking place at the closed-road 800m circuit around Colne’s one-way system, starting and finishing at Hartley Square, the event got underway with support races including the Coalition Facilities Management ‘Youth Race’ and the Riggs Autopack ‘Sprint for Success’, which were followed by the main event, The Fort Vale Elite Race.

Following a fast and frenetic race around Colne’s one-way system, The Elite Race saw Tim Shoreman from Wheelbase Cabtech Castelli secure first place, ahead of Leon Mazzone (Saint Piran) and Daniel Barnes (Team Spectra Cannondale) in second and third respectively.

The Coalition Facilities Management ‘Youth Race’ saw the following winners: Youth A Boys – Harry Speak from Clifton CC; Youth A Girls – Ayesha Vose from ESV Manchester; Youth B Boys – Billy Ladle from Shibden Cycling Club; and Youth B Girls – Tilly Hofert from Clifton CC.

The Riggs Autopack ‘Sprint For Success’ saw the following winners: National B Womens – Sammie Stuart from DAS – Handsling Bikes; and Regional A Men – Tom Cullen from Otley CC.

For a full list of winners, visit the Colne Town Council Events Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ColneTCEvents

On what was another fantastic night for the town of Colne, there was a real community feel to the event, with many of the local businesses based around the circuit remaining open for the event, as well as several pop-up stalls serving refreshments.

Nathan Cutler, events, facilities and administration officer at Colne Town Council, said: “Wow what an incredible evening we have had here in Colne. We have seen people turn out in their thousands for this very popular event, and it was fantastic to see so many people enjoying the racing, as well as visiting local businesses for food and drink throughout the evening.”

Len Woffindin, event organiser, said: “We’ve had a really good night, we’ve had lots of people around the town, we’ve had some really good racing. In the three races, it kept dry, we had good racing off the front, we had some chasing going on and each race in its own right was excellent.

“I would also like to thank our sponsors, Fort Vale, Riggs Autopack, Coalition Facilities Management, Hope Technology and ASDA for all their fantastic support.”

The Fort Vale Colne Grand Prix was organised by Colne Town Council and the CDPP (Cycling Development Pendle Partnership), and was sponsored by Fort Vale, Riggs Autopack, Coalition Facilities Management, Hope Technology and many local businesses.

For more reaction from the Fort Vale Colne Grand Prix, please visit www.britishcycling.org.uk or visit the Colne Town Council Events Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ColneTCEvents

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