Chorley goes cycle crazy for a day

This Is Lancashire: CYCLING CHALLENGE: The first Sky Ride Local sets off from the Flat Iron CYCLING CHALLENGE: The first Sky Ride Local sets off from the Flat Iron

Bicycles took over the town centre at the weekend as the town celebrated all things cycling.

Lots of people turned out on Saturday afternoon to take part in an array of cycling challenges and find out about the cycling groups and services that are available right here in the Chorley borough.

More than 40 people took part in two specially arranged Sky Ride Locals around Chorley, led by British Cycling ride leaders and children were treated to a trikes and pedal cars Grand Prix race on the Flat Iron.

Families also made their way over to Astley Park’s Walled Garden where the Ribble Valley Juniors cycling club set up a special go ride course for youngsters.

Throughout the afternoon, various people tested their fitness and pedal skills on Active Nation’s Trix Bike simulators, they picked up information from Chorley Cycling Club, were given a demonstration of how the Wheels for All Adapted hand bikes available can help people with reduced mobility in their lower body and had their bike marked by Lancashire Police.

There was also entertainment from the Robo Bike and the Boom Bike street entertainers.

Simon Clark, head of health, environment and neighbourhoods at Chorley Council, said: “It was fantastic to see people turn out for the Get Up and Cycle event, showing just how much enthusiasm there is for cycling in Chorley.

“The Sky Ride Local proved popular for those taking part and the spectators too.

“The council would like to do more cycling activities and events in the future and we hope this event may attract a race or competition into the area, which would make a great spectacle for local people.”

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