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- Lee Quarry Update
snippets of news regarding developments at Lee Quarry. The
consultation survey for the proposed visitor centre has now been
closed. Consultants, PlaceFirst received over 300 completed
surveys which was excellent. Thank you very much to all of you who
submitted your views whether positive or negative. The process of
analysing all the feedback has now started so it can be
incorporated into a larger, more wide ranging report later in the
year. There were certainly a wide range of opinions expressed and
some very lively debate was generated on the forums such as SingletrackWorld
A couple of quotes for the threads:
the riding comes first. It can have the best visitor centre/car
park/toilets/showers etc in the world, but I wouldn't visit a
trail centre twice if the riding was below par.'
Lee Quarry, an excellent place, that just need s some facilities.'
the area sustain a VC/bikeshop?'
'There is a
(selfish) part of me that doesn't want it to get too busy and
'The biggest thing LQ
needs is some proper secure parking.'
park at the top of that big ass hill would be best.'
place is crying out for a decent car park, and at a minimum, a
visitor centre with cafe and bogs.'
the final comment...
'I can't believe there are
people who don't want cake after riding. '
other news things are progressing rather slowly with the planned
trail developments across into Facit Quarry. Tony's waiting on a
special badger report before he's in a position to submit a
plannning application. The report though is unfortunately taking
sometime to come together but Tony is stilling pushing things
forward despite picking up a number of other responsibilities in
the recent rounds of reorganisations in Lancashire County Council.
On a more positive note though Rossendale Borough Council is
making more encouraging noises and seems to be realising the
potential of Lee Quarry and the surrounding area has for mountain
A real test of your
riding prowess? Or maybe you just fancy hanging out and doing
something fun and different on your bike? Unless you've been
living under a stone you'll know that bikings latest buzzwords are
pump & flow. Well after a settling in period the Descent Line
at Stainburn was lacking just that.
Over the last couple of years
SingletrAction have extended it and really gone to town on each section to add
that mystical little thang called 'flow'. So on Sunday September
11th to celebrate their 10th year and to show off the new &
improved Descent Line they are holding a competition for Members
& Special Guests (don't hold your breath!)
A timed chainless
event on the top section of the Descent Line. The emphasis is on
fun so daft bikes and fancy dress are to be encouraged. Prizes are
to die for. The winner will take home the inaugural Top Pumper
Trophy and slowest rider of the day (on an MTB) will get a Great
Rock skills voucher donated by the bearded wonder, Ed Oxley.
main event will be followed by a BBQ and beers (BYO)... So bring
your race face & don't forget your burgers, sausages or veggie
RSVP: Please let them know if your coming so
they can get an
idea of numbers. More details can be found here and don't expect a
super slick operation, think, rough & ready instead...
- HOPE XC SERIES RACE 3 (21st August) REPORT
third race in the Hope Technology sponsored series saw great
weather for racing with the venue showing it's ability to shake of
the recent heavy rain. The course design included a couple of new
"off-piste" sections to keep the riders on their toes
and push them hard.
The Racer category were off
first and with race 2 winner Tom Albutt marshalling due to a knee
injury whilst Dan Evans (Rhos on Sea CC) repeated his race 1
performance taking an early lead to claim the first lap prime
pushed hard by John Hopkinson (Aire Valley Cycles). David Bentley
(Leisure Lakes) was running at the back of this leading group of
three until a mechanical put him out of the race. Dave Haygarth
(Wheelbase/ Cannondale) another podium contender dropped out on
lap 2 with a puncture. Dan and John then continued in the lead
finishing 3 mins clear of Jiri Klekner (Wheelspin Cycles). Dan
taking home £125 in winnings vouchers from the sponsor Leisure
the Cooksons Cycles sponsored Racing Diva's Joanne Clay lead from
start to finish lapping the field in a strong performance in her
first race of the series. Elaine Powell (Marmalades B&B) put
in a consistent ride to hold off Jo Holden to complete the podium
places. Deborah Goodall (Big Bear Bikes) was off the pace due to
her recent focus on running but post race revealed that she is
planning to refocus her training in time for the series finale.
With prize parity with the Racer category Joanne takes home £125
of Cooksons Cycles vouchers with Elaine getting £50 and Jo £25
thanks to the generous sponsorship from the team at Cooksons
Cycles. All is still to play for both the series competitions and
the prize of a Hope Technology wheelset.
Matthew Holstead (Marmalades
B&B) took the honours in the Big Bear Bikes sponsored weekend
warriors holding off the race 2 winner Ben Howe with Morgan Lloyd
(Big Bear Bikes) taking third just holding off Edwin Waite. Big
Bear Bikes Bikes shop owner David Beeley put in a consistent
performance which now puts him in the lead of the series
competition for a Hope Technology brakeset. The Big Bear Bikes
team domination of the trade competition moved
up a gear with Leisure Lakes their main challengers having a
disastrous race losing their three strongest riders this week due
to mechanicals or falls. Leisure Lakes Directeur Sportif Matt
Chester fresh from his honeymoon clearly taking the results
personally vowed to return with his housecarl's to the series
finale and the final showdown.
The SRAM Have-a-go Heroes
category was dominated by Ray Morris (Newcastle Tri Club) with
John Hardy and Chris Thomas taking second and third place
respectively. The SRAM Have-a-go Heroine category saw Maddi Smith
Holden riding clear lapping the field for her first win of the
series). Kathryn Robinson returning to racing took second place
and Melody Dark third. The Polaris Bikewear sponsored
"Lads" category for younger riders again ran with a high
quality entry and a number of strong young riders, Billy Harding
(Paul Milnes/ Bradford Olympic) took first over two minutes clear
from, Edwin Oliver-Evans (Harrogate Nova) second and Dylan Kerfoot-Robson
Thanks and appreciation go to
the Buff sponsored marshals who benefited from their Buff in the
quarry breeze and took home a basket of prizes including
Singletrack Magazine subscriptions, Hope goodies and CRUD
catchers. The DHP11 sponsored sign-on/ timing team did a sterling
job under great pressure. Thanks also to Lancashire CC for use of
Lee Quarry and the local residents who tolerate the early morning
disruption. A big thanks to the early bird course marking team who
turned up at 07:00 to assist with the course setup.
Race 4 is on the 2nd October
and pre-entry is still open. A new course design with more
"off-piste" finds should shake things up and there is
the added attraction of trade stands from Leisure Lakes and Big
Bear Bikes, on-site catering, facilities and plenty of car parking
for riders and spectators.
- British Fire Service Cycling Event Lee Quarry
Fire Service Round 4 MTB Race Series comes to Lee Quarry on
Thursday the 29th of September this year. British Fire Service
Cycling is an active branch of the Fire Service Sports &
Athletics Association with a fairly packed calendar of events both
on and off road. Lee Quarry will be joining the likes of
Hamsterley and Delamere Forests in hosting the fourth round of
their MTB race series.
Racing starts at midday with course opening for
rider inspections from 10:30. Proceeds from the event will be
donated to Rossendale and Pendle Mountain Rescue Team. More
information about the event and British Fire Service Cycling can
be found on their website.
This event and many others being held in the area are also listed
on our events calendar.
- Brownbacks Donate to the Mountain Rescue
did last years money go?
Brownbacks not only organises
some of the best racing around it also aims to support the local
community. Our all volunteer team depends on the support of many
unsung heroes to help deliver our races within Lee Quarry
Rossendale. To recognise this support we aim to pass on as money
as possible to the local community only retaining enough to ensure
the following years race series. A cause close to our heart and an
organisation that every mountain biker may need to call on one day
is Rossendale and Pendle Mountain Rescue Team. The team respond to
numerous call outs involving mountain bikers often within the Lee
Quarry our venue for the racing. This year we have been able to
donate £1,000. Chris Smith is seen presenting the cheque to the
team at the entrance to the quarry.
not just mountain bikers that we want to support, Urban Outreach
in Bolton is a charity that reaches out to the most vulnerable and
isolated within the Bolton area with practical assistance and
help. Pictured is Dave Hashdi with a cheque for £500 to help
support their activities.
This year we have also setup
an innovative coaching initiative to encourage new riders of all
ages into the sport and we aim to develop riders into coaches to
further expand on this in 2012. We are looking for skilled and
experienced mountain bikers who want to be coaches and encourage
anyone interested to get in touch. None of this would be possible
without the generous support from our main sponsors Hope
Technology, Leisure Lakes, Big Bear Bikes, Cooksons Cycles,
Polaris Bikewear, Buff, SRAM, DHP11 and others and the assistance
of Lancashire CC and Rossendale BC.
The aim for this year is to
raise over £3,000 from the events we organise, support us,
support the sport, support local charities and enter our races and
have some fun racing your bike! Can't race? Then we need over 30
volunteers each event to ensure everyone is safe and the racing
runs smoothly so get in touch. www.brownbacksracing.co.uk
Race 3 is on for this Sunday
the 21st of August. It’s a radical new course including a new
“off-piste” technical section, a new route into an old
favourite (we may even put a sneek peek videolet on facebook, make
sure you “like” us) and a change to the usual finish line.
Series standings will be up
sometime before Friday on the website, they’ll update the Blog, twitter
when it’s there. Remember it’s 3 out of 4 races that count and
you must be racing or marshalling at the last event. It’s
important that you keep your race numbers as it makes the process
of collating the series standings so much easier. We also put
quite a few video clips on Youtube
from race 2, just click the link or search for Brownbacksracing.
We are suffering from the
school holiday’s taking some of our regulars away so we need new
people to come forward. We all know how important it is to the
safety of riders that we have adequate marshalling so we need your
support to keep our courses exciting. We look after our marshals
better than any other event around and so racers can be assured
that anyone they beg, bribe, cajole, blackmail to help us will be
looked after. Interested? Email email@example.com
£50 prize draw, a Buff! (only once a series), loads of other draw
prizes and you get fed and watered (and the all important hi-viz
vest, yellow flag, voucher for the burger van and the chance to
shout “rider down!” on the radio (only joking)).
Loop challenge. The annual
challenge event takes in the 47 mile bridleway loop around
Rossendale, Calderdale and Rochdale. With 6300ft of climbing and a
variety of surfaces and very little road makes this a genuinely
big day out in the saddle. Starting at 9am on Sunday the 18th of
September from Fearns school in Stacksteads the challenge takes in
the full loop with the mountain rescue team providing support and
food at a number of checkpoints as well as returning those
suffering from mechanicals and blown legs back to base. Top
riders will knock the course off in just over 4 hours in good
conditions. Around the 7 hour mark is consider good for mere
mortals. Don't under estimate the challenge but it's well worth
the effort. You could of course do it unsupported with your mates
but then you'd have to open all the gates yourselves and that's a
lot of gates. You'll start off racing but by the time you get to
Callis Bridge which is roughly half way around thoughts start to
turn to just finishing in one piece. This is the point the
camaraderie kicks in.
are now being taken with a reduced entry fee of £ 15 or you can
enter on the day for £ 20. All proceeds go to the Mountain Rescue
Team who are currently raising funds for a new base.
an entry form here
or email Ken Crossley for more info at firstname.lastname@example.org
. Further details can be found on the RPMRT website here.
the map below to down load a pdf guide to the route and nearby
01.08.11 - Lee
Quarry Plans Visitor Centre (audience participation needed)
long overdue but the wheels are now in motion with a feasibility
study on building a visitor centre at Futures Park at the bottom
of Lee Quarry. There's a range of facilities being considered
including the obvious car park and toilets as well as more
ambitious possibilities such as a bike shop, cafe, showers and
even an indoor pump track!
Tony Lund, the driving force behind the
whole Lee & Cragg developments is working with consultants PlaceFirst
helping to push the feasibility study forward. PlaceFirst are
specialist consultants who provide sustainable economic
development and regeneration advice to local government, councils,
developers and the not for profit sector.
We all know we want the centre at Lee &
Cragg quarries to get better, we know what sort of facilities we
want, we need to let the powers that be know what we want as well.
To make sure they get your input take five minutes to fill out the
survey that's been created to generate feedback on
what's actually wanted by the riders. Obviously with Tony being a
key member of P.M.B.A. we'll be putting our two penneth in but for
this to really take off the more people responding to the survey,
the more the need for greater facilities will be recognised.
31.07.11 - HOPE
XC SERIES RACE 1 (24th July) REPORT
The second race in the Hope Technology sponsored series saw great
weather and close racing on a shorter main course than usual. The
course design included a couple of new "off-piste"
sections to keep the riders on their toes and push them hard at
one of the best race venues in the country.
The Racer and Racing Diva categories were
off first and Jiri Klekner (Wheelspin Cycles) took an early lead
up the infamous tramway to claim the first lap prime of £25 in
vouchers from the sponsor Leisure Lakes pushed hard by Jack
Clarkson (Pedalsport CC). Jack started to fade after lap 2 and Tom
Albutt (Joyriders MTB Holidays) then put in an attack to catch up
to Jiri and then sat on him until the last lap where a strong
attack saw Tom take the lead with any hope for Jiri disappearing
when he was momentarily held up by a back marker in the chase to
the finish. The final standings, first Tom Albutt, second Jiri
Klekner, third Jack Clarkson. In the Cooksons Cycles sponsored
Racing Diva's Becky Preece (Red Rose Olympic) lead from start to
finish, holding off Steph Fountain (Saddle Skedaddle) even though
by the last lap she was walking the steepest section of the
course. Jo Holden completed the podium a lap down from Becky and
Steph. With prize parity with the Racer category all is still to
play for the series competition and the prize of a Hope Technology
wheelset. Chris Edmondson (Blackburn CTC) was the first
singlespeeder home in the Charlie The Bikemonger (possibly the
best bike shop in Swanage) sponsored category and a top 10 finish
Ben Howe took the honours in the Big Bear Bikes sponsored weekend
warriors holding off the Big Bear Bikes duo of Rob Farrer and shop
owner David Beeley. With Rob and David working hard to close the
early lead of Robin in the last few laps less than a minute
separated the top three riders. The Big Bear Bikes team are
working heard to yet again dominate the trade competition with
Leisure Lakes their main challengers fielding a weakened team this
week due in part to the absence of their Directeur Sportif Matt
Chester who was on his honeymoon (congratulations Matt).
SRAM Have-a-go Heroes category was dominated by Neil Inman (BTC)
lapping the field with Ralph Wilding and Tim Roper taking second
and third place respectively. The SRAM Have-a-go Heroine category
saw Beth Holden riding clear for her second win of the series and
another trophy for the mantelpiece (or the rockery). With Kathryn
Robinson marshalling due to injury, Melody Dark took second place
on the podium. The Polaris Bikewear sponsored "Lads"
category for younger riders again ran with a high quality entry,
Edwin Oliver-Evans (Harrogate Nova) took the win from the
improving Alex Turner (VS Cycles) and Andrew Nixon (Red Rose
Thanks and appreciation go to the Buff
sponsored marshals and the DHP11 sponsored sign-on/ timing team
who gave up their morning lie-in to let others race, additionally
to Lancashire CC for use of Lee Quarry and the local residents who
tolerate the early morning disruption. A big thanks to the early
bird course marking team who turned up at 07:00 to assist with the
course setup (anything to get a free race lads!).
Race 3 is on the 21st August and pre-entry
is still open. A new course design with more "off-piste"
finds should shake things up and there is the added attraction of
trade stands from Leisure Lakes and Big Bear Bikes, on-site
catering, facilities and plenty of car parking for riders and
RACE DATES: 21st August, 2nd October.
Online entry open via www.xcracer.com
the downloadable postal entry form is here.
Pennine Bike Park - A new Centre is Born?
new company has been founded 'with the vision and objective
of creating a World-class mountain bike facility in Northern
England'. It's early days but from what PMBA have gleaned from Tom
Raveglia, the man behind this exciting new development it has the
potential to really
add something new to the riding venues in the Lancashire Pennines.
More gravity orientated than the other trail centres in the area
an uplift service looks to be a key component of what's being
It's all rather early in the development
process at the moment although a potential site has been
identified but at this stage due to the sensitivities of getting
buy in from key people such as the land owner and planners we're
going to have to keep that secret. Suffice to say there is plenty
of downhill potential as the site is definitely on the side of a
P.M.B.A. are working with Tom to help get
this idea off the ground, we'll keep you posted as things develop
or pop across to Pennine Bike Park's brand new website.
saw the first evening 'dig day' at Gisburn Forest and despite the
after hours timing we had a pretty good turn out. Arranged on the
hoof via Facebook (I take back all the negative things I've said
about Facebook, well some of them anyway). We managed to get a
fair bit done including some refinements to the line of the
section dug out on the previous dig day as well as new
construction like the monster berm to keep you on line for the
latest swoop. The weather was on our side and we worked until the
light went battling through the clouds of midges and flies to get
the work done. Towards the end of the evening talk was a bit
limited as we didn't want to choke on a mouth full of flies.
Despite the rather desperate picture I've just painted of
conditions people seem to have got a kick (if not a sting) out of
evening digging and Facebook has worked it's magic again, we're on
for another fly eating session on Thursday the 4th of August.
Gates should be open from 5 o'clock onwards. For more details of
Gisburn volunteer trail building including a map of where we meet
take a look at the Gisburn
The forestry team have been busy between dig days as well,
brashing a route in for tracked dumper so that 30 tonnes of graded
walling stone and limestone gravel can be delivered to where we're
currently working. This will make a massive difference and speed
the build up even further. Considering this latest section was
only started on the 11th of March we're way ahead of where we
expected to be at this point. The fire road is in site and it's
still the middle of the summer.For those of you not able to escape
work early and come digging after work we have a scheduled dig day
planned for Sunday the 14th of August. It should be a mammoth
topping off day for all the digging work we've done recently. With
the promise of both power carriers coming out to play and the
materials drop we should get a lot of trail ready for test riding.
There's also talk of arranging a camp over dig day for the end
of August, possibly the bank holiday weekend. Martin's threatened
to provide some liquid refreshment and a field. If anyone's up for
it let us know at email@example.com
. If there's enough interest we'll get it organised.
drinking significant quantities of Java beans) we've finally got
online membership working. If you've been waiting to join up
digitally the wait (and excuses) are over.
To join up on line (or make a donation, or
better still both) head over to the online
sign up form. If you'd still prefer the traditional
way of doing things you can now also download a paper
membership form and pop it in the post.
If you're still wondering whether you
should join here's a few reasons why it might not be a bad idea:
It's cheap, individual membership is
currently only five pounds, that's two inner tubes or one
really bling one.
We need your support, if we're to really
speak for mountain bikers in the area we need to be able to
show that people take us seriously enough to put their hands
in their pockets. Next time there's a cycling consultation
exercise we want to be right in there with a bit of weight
behind us. The more paid up members we have the more weight
we'll have with the powers that be.
You're reading this website (obviously),
you may have picked up one of the new Lee Quarry trail maps,
you may have chatted to us at the Singletrack Weekender. These
thing all cost, not a lot but enough. You're membership fee
helps keep this website hosted and gives us the petty cash to
be able to produce information leaflets.
Corporate membership is also available for businesses related
to mountain biking. If your business benefits in some way from
Mountain biking in the Pennines it might be worth considering a
corporate membership. For a low annual membership fee of £ 50 you
can help to support an organisation working to expand the very
thing your business depends on. In addition we will link our site
to yours and give your business prominence in our links section
which is currently under development. Help us to help you.
For more info on membership visit our Membership
weekend saw the third annual Singletrack magazine Weekender, this
year sponsored by Shimano
through their UK importers, Madison.
We were there as well, did you come over and chat? Along side our
sister organisation, SingletrAction
we chatted to people (if they didn't spot us coming and run off),
signed up new members and handed out numerous copies of the new
Lee & Cragg Quarry trail map.
The event followed the previous format of
trails, downhill and XC racing all on the one bike with the same
tyres. All intended to sort the best riders from the rest with no
excuses about having brought the wrong bike, tyres, energy bars
We got there early on the Saturday morning
to find it a little windy, yes OK it is an open quarry on top of a
high hill but it was windy even by Lee Quarry standards. It took
Jon and Tom a fair while to get the EZ-UP kindly lent to us by Brownbacks
Racing, into a prime location between Ride On and the
butty van. Some key placement of the wheelie bins by Craig ensured
no one else pinched our spot before we arrived.
got the tent up we tracked down Tony Lund who had our freshly
printed stack of fliers, maps, banners and T-Shirts. Right time to
dress the stand we though, Rossendale weather had other ideas.
Despite the forecast suggesting it would actually be dry all day
the heavens opened and what had been a dry (fossilised!) river bed
in front of us quickly returned to life as a three foot wide river
The sun did come out again though in time
for the trials events and it was positively pleasant by the time
the downhill started. It was with great reluctance that we packed
up around seven in the evening just as the night time
entertainment commenced including various beer fuelled riding
activities and the customary bonfire. We'll undoubtedly be back
next year, we might even even compete! In the meantime here's a
video the Singletrack team put together of the weekend.
For more pictures and write ups of the
weekend head over to the Singletrack
website and forum,
better still buy the next mag for a full write up.