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Get Involved!

In order to take the club forward this year.  We’re looking for anyone who wants to get involved in anyway, shape or form.  Whether you’d like to help organise rides or you can help with some of the basic admin tasks in the club.

This is your chance to put your own stamp on the club and help grow the club over the next 12 months.

You don’t have to be a member already, we’re open to anybody new.  In fact you don’t even need to ride a bike!

If your interested, you can drop me an email

womens peloton

Keighley Womens Chaingang

With the current interest in womens cycling at a high, and with the focus being on Yorkshire with the Tour de France next year.  A group of women are trying to get a womens only chaingang started in the Aire Valley.

If you have any aspirations of getting into road racing but need more experiance of riding in a group or you are already experianced but would like to ride with other women instead of trying to keep up with the mens chaingangs.  Please take a look at the Facebook page.

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.”

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


First Womens Monday Ride

Hello Guys,

Just a reminder that the first womens ride will take place tomorrow.  Meeting in Glusburn Institute car park at 6.40pm and setting off at 6.50pm.

This is the first week so it will be it will be a shorter flatter ride to see how everybody gets on.  There’s no need to worry about the pace being too fast.  The idea is to ride as a group and have fun.  There will be some small hills to avoid riding on the main roads.

A map of the route can be found here –

Lights are advisable just in case and everyone should have a spare tube and pump in case of a puncture.

Hopefully we’ll see you tomorrow.

Paul & Yasmine

South Craven Wheelers


Kids Cycling Club

We are pleased to say our discussions with Skipton Cycling Club and Craven Energy Tri are coming along nicely, with lots of people interested in running the junior club.

From June we are hoping to run a series of 6 pilot events at the Auction Mart in Skipton.

As we get the dates finalised I’ll let you know. Anybody interested will need to register their interest and be a meber of one of the clubs. More info on this will be available soon.


Calling all women cyclists!

Our weekly Monday night womens ride has been set up just for cyclists of the fairer sex to go for a friendly ride on quite lanes around the South Craven area.

It is perfect for you if you are new to road cycling and want to meet other like minded women.

Starting from next Monday 22nd of April we will be meeting at Glusburn institute for a social ride of about 15 to 20 miles in length.  For the first few week the meeting time will be 6.40pm, setting off at 6.50pm  As is our usual philosphy on group rides, nobody will get left behind.

For more info on dates and meeting times check our Monday Night Page.

The Wheelers Thursday Night Meet

Thursday Night Club Rides

The nights are finally drawing out, so our weekly Thursday club rides can begin.

Starting this Thursday 18th of April we’ll be meeting in Glusburn Institute car park for our weekly ride.  For the first couple of weeks, meeting time will be 6.30pm, setting off at 6.40pm.

Please bring some lights as it starts to get dark around 8pm.  Ride length is usually around 25 miles, all riding abilitities are welcome, nobody gets left behind.

For more details on our Thursday ride check our Thursday Ride Page.

Look forward to seeing all out.

Paul Gibson

Club Secretary