Hargroves Cycles


On the 18th/19th May the Park hosted the annual QECP Cycle Festival. Run by Hargroves Cycles this popular event started as a dealer day and has developed into a two day celebration of everything to do with cycling.

This year Cancer Research was the nominated charity which received a substantial donation from Hargroves at the end of the event.

There were all the major manufacturers and suppliers of bikes and parts present including Cube, who had come over from the continent specially for the event, Specialized, Scott and Shimano.

The two permissive mountain bike trails that run through the QE Forest provided the means for potential customers to test out the latest models.

The highlight of the weekend was the Saturday evening Enduro. This was a 4 hour off-road marathon with the entrants individual or team categories had to perform loops of a purpose designed course.

The winner of the individual event was Joahnnes Sickmuller who was racing for the Stevens Team. Johannes has been regularly placed in off-road events at European and World level for several years now, and was also first in last years race.

Alex Smith from the QECP Collective managed a very respectable 22nd place out of a field of over 100 entrants.

The Collective who are the Park’s own volunteer group, are now preparing to run their very first event which will take place in Head Down on the 1st June.

This will be the 4th Round in the National Gravity Project Race Series and will be the first downhill race to take place at QE for 17 years. The Collective have teamed up with British Cycling who also officiated at the Cycle Fest’ Enduro.

For more information about the Cycle Fest’ including a course video and race results go to http://www.qecpcyclefest.co.uk

Details about the forthcoming Gravity Project event can be found at facebook.com/gravityprojectgp   or on the Collective’s twitter @QECP_collective

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The A3 Cycle Project continues to make progress. The feasibility study has shown that the route would work well, although the costs seem  much higher than envisaged. Negotiations continue to reduce these where possible so that we are in the right ball park figure to submit the necessary grant application.

The A3 Cycle Route petition will continue for another three weeks until after the QECP Cycle Festival. At this point we hope to have close to 5,000 signatures which is a fantastic total. The petition has been organised by local members from the Cyclist Touring Club (CTC) who are also doing great work analyzing all the data to help make a strong case. If you have not yet signed the petition the link is below.

http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/cycle-route-through-a3-butser-cutting.html

This 4km route which finishes at the Park Centre begins in a lay-by located on what is known as the Causeway to the south of Petersfield.

A separate cycle route has just been completed and this takes riders out of Petersfield and as far as the same lay-by. At this point the new route will hopefully take over. And finally from the same lay-by there in an existing cycle route which uses Bollinge Farm Lane to go directly to the village of Buriton.

The image below shows the new route and lay-by with Butser Hill in the background.

 

The QECP Cyclefest takes place over the weekend on the 18th/19th May. Many different manufacturers will be present to show off their new models, parts and accessories and the The highlight of the event will be a 4 hour enduro on the Saturday evening.

For more information go to http://www.hargrovescycles.co.uk