Interview with Simon Norton of cottages.com
The date for the 2017 Colne Grand Prix is Wednesday, 26th July.
The race is part of the British Cycling Elite National Circuit Series and takes place on a closed-road 800m circuit around Colne’s one-way system, making for a fast, exciting spectacle. As a round of the National Elite Series, the top riders in the country take part.
Following our inaugural event in 2016, we’d like to thank volunteers like CDPP (Cycling Development Pendle Partnership) who were our race organisers and the marshals who came from cycle clubs across Pendle, plus Pendle Council’s team who effected the efficient handover of the event.
We’d also like to thank the generosity of our sponsors, cottages.com and Fort Vale, without whom it simply wouldn’t have been possible to keep the spirit of this British Cycling Elite Series race alive. In addition, 2016 saw lots of local businesses getting behind us buying banners and adverts – The Crown Hotel, XLCR, The Bookshop, Inspired Interiors, Wicked Cycles, About Coffee, Boundary Mill and The Market. All our banners were generously printed for free by Hope Technology, while Going Dutch and Cycle Sport Pendle donated all the Champagne and beautiful bouquets.
As is usual in the Colne Grand Prix, the racing was fast and furious. The winner of the 2016 cottages.com Grand Prix was Graham Briggs of JLT Condor, who also won in 2014. Second was his team-mate, Tom Moses and third was Matt Cronshaw of Madison Genesis. Colne rider, Sam Boast came a creditable 16th.
The winner of the 2016 Fort Vale Sprint for Success Race was George Nolan of Fiftyfour Eleven RT. Second was Levi Moody of Wheelbase Altura MGD and third was Thomas Wood of Bradford Olympic RC.
The male winner of the Category A Colne Town Council Youth Race was William Orrell-Turner of Chevin Cycles.com Trek, while the female category A winner was Megan Cullen of Otley CC. In the Category B section, the boys’ winner was Ethan Whiteside of East Bradford CC and the girls’ winner was Ava Oxley-Szilagyi of PH-MAS VCUK.
It was wonderful to see so many people out in Colne enjoying thrilling cycle racing in the centre of town.