Monthly Archives: June 2013

Barnoldswick bike manufacturer eyes £2.5 million velodrome (from Craven Herald)


from Craven Herald

Barnoldswick bike manufacturer eyes £2.5 million velodrome

Hope Technology co-owner Ian Weatherill wants to build a velodrome Hope Technology co-owner Ian Weatherill wants to build a velodrome

A West Craven cycling parts manufacturer has unveiled a plan to build a £2.5 million velodrome in Barnoldswick.

Bosses at Hope Technology, on Calf Hall Road, have spoken with Pendle Council planners this week about their desire to build what could become the UK’s sixth indoor velodrome on a brownfield site behind the firm’s current location at Hope Mill.

The building would be two stories, with a 200-metre track on top and a research and development facility for the company on the bottom.

Ian Weatherill and Simon Sharp are co-owners of Hope Technology, which is known for manufacturing mountain bike parts, but Mr Weatherill said the new velodrome would allow the firm to develop the road biking side of its business.

“It’s not a commercial venture and we wouldn’t make any money on it – we’re doing it because we love cycling,” said Mr Weatherill.

“We want to use it to develop our business and have it used by others. We would love to do this for the people of Barnoldswick and the surrounding area.”

The company currently employs around 100 people and Mr Weatherill believes building the velodrome could create 20 more jobs.

However, the proposed Barnoldswick facility would be nothing like the London Velopark or the new Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow, which both cost over £100 million to build.

“They were ludicrously expensive,” added Mr Weatherill, who said both facilities were designed with spectators in mind.

He said a high quality track, made out of Siberian pine, would only cost around £500,000 with most of the remaining money being spent on the building itself.

Hellifield-based firm Sutcliffe Construction would construct the building and Hope has been working with German velodrome track designer Ralph Schuermann.

Mr Weatherill, who hopes to build the velodrome within the next two years, said: “It would be nice to have a velodrome for the public.”

He said because so many professional cyclists use the training facilities at the Manchester Velodrome there is often a six-month waiting list for cycling clubs or members of the public.

Mr Weatherill said that Barnoldswick is an ideal place to build a velodrome because cyclists could use the facility for training and they would then be able to go out to the surrounding countryside.

“They’re some beautiful rides from here,” he said, adding: “It would bring people to the area. When you build a track like this, you’ll end up with some fantastic riders coming here.”

He also that said that a velodrome could result in a future Olympian coming from Barnoldswick.

“When facilities are built in a certain area, it can lead to people becoming Olympians because having something like this available can bring people on.”

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Tonights Womens Ride

As usual the womens ride will be meeting in Glusburn Institute car park at 6.45pm and setting off at 7pm.

This weeks route is 20 mile-ish route with a few small hills.  We  Any kind of bike is welcome as the pace is friendly but to really enjoy the ride a drop handlebar is recommended.

If you have any worries about not being fit enough or not your not sure if you can keep up, please don’t be worried as nobody is left behind.  Also the great thing about cycling is your fitness really improves even with just a few weeks riding.

You don’t need to worry about being a member of the club in order to try it out but if you come regular, membership is £15 for individuals.

So come an give it a try.

If you want more information about this ride or our other regular rides. Please join our mailing list.



Skipton Junior Riders

The first 2 kids club Sundays have been a great success.  Skipton Auction Mart is an ideal, traffic free and safe venue. Today we also had glorious sunshine now that summer has finally arrived in Craven.

The kids worked on their riding skills for the first 45 minutes with some games before having a short break.  Then the group was split in two, with the older children doing laps around the full circuit and the younger kids doing some more skill work and cycling games.

Thanks to all the organizers who have made this all possible.

If you’d like more info about coming along, please check our page here.

Here’s some pics from today…


Col de Ellers!

Well I’d never ridden up Ellers before so I though it might make a nice change to start the route up it.  By the time I got to the top (with a 42 – 25) I’d realised why i’ve never bothered going up it!

3 Scwheelers had already set off and we didn’t catch the escapees until Laneshaw Bridge but it turned out they’d gone up West Lane instead and avoided Ellers!

Anyway what a great night.  Warm but not too warm and hardly a cloud in the sky.  Perfect cycling weather…


Kildwick 10

Kildwick 10 5/6/2013

photo 1(3)After a few weeks of not riding Yasmine decided it was her turn to ride the Kildwick 10 this week.  After not being sure if she should go or not, she finally decided and ended up coming away with a PB so well done!


Anyway the results were as follows -

    1. Jason Bateman – Pendle Forest – 20.58
    2. Peter Barusevicus – VC Bradford – 21.38
    3. Ben Cook – Bronte Wheelers – 22.37
    4. Steve Ayres – VC Bradford – 23.15
    5. A Jones – Dirt Wheels – 23.39
    6. Simon Pickard – Bronte Wheelers – 23.41
    7. Dave Green – Bronte Wheelers – 23.45
    8. Bernie Clayton – Pendle Forrest – 23.50
    9. Steve Lloyd – Bronte Wheelers – 23.51
    10. Mathew Cox – Ilkley CC – 24.06
    11. Jonny Tomes – Ilkley CC – 24.12
    12. Nigel Austin – Otley CC – 24.21
    13. Kevin Hickie – Bronte Wheelers – 24.32
    14. Mathew Pearce – Bronte Wheelers – 24.37
    15. Tim Small – Aire Valley Racing – 25.48
    16. David Peacock – Dirt Wheels – 25.49
    17. Paul Complin – Pendle Forrest – 26.09
    18. Ian Wilcock – Nelson Wheelers – 26.17
    19. Craig Wilson– Nelson Wheelers – 26.41
    20. David Kilmister – Bronte Wheelers – 26.43
    21. Daniel locke – South Craven – 26.53
    22. Tony Shaw – Nelson Wheelers – 27.01
    23. Peter Jagan – Craven Energy – 27.07
    24. Steve Robinson – Craven Energy – 27.18
    25. Heather Sanderson – Bronte Wheelers – 27.46
    26. Hiyasmin Gibson – South Craven – 28.39
    27. Christine Preston – Craven Energy – 28.39
    28. Paul Thomas – Bronte Wheelers – 30.45

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Skipton Junior Riders

As a joint partnership with Skipton Cycling Club it is our ambition to have a full junior program catering for children from 4 to 15 years .This summer we are running a pilot with Skipton Cycling club at our proposed venue, Skipton Auction Mart.  The Auction Mart has provided us with a half mile traffic free circuit, all on tarmac.

The first pilot on Sunday the 2nd of June was a success.  We are now looking for more members as there are still place available.

The dates are as follows -

June 9th at Craven Auction Mart

July 7th & 14th at Craven Auction Mart

August 4th at Craven Auction Mart

August 11th at Aireville Park

There are two sessions per week: 3-4pm and then 4-5pm.

If your interested in joining Skipton Junior Riders over the summer please download the welcome pack and return the registration form to

British Cycling Membership Form – Take advantage of British Cycling Membership which is free to Juniors

Skipton Junior Riders Welcome Letter

Skipton Junior Riders Membership Form