16 June 2012
A spectacular bike event drew the crowds to
Falkirk Stadium, despite the weather being more 'flaming heck' than
'flaming June'. Over 450 people helped the Helix celebrate the
launch of national Bike Week on Saturday 16 June.
The amazing Clan stunt cycle team drew gasps of admiration with
their daring ramp manoeuvres. Meantime, thrill seekers,
particularly teenagers, queued all afternoon to take turns on a
massive stunt air bag. A big thank you to to the pupils from
Larbert High School who helped out. Watch a short clip produced by one of the
Special guest Mark
Beaumont, the record-breaking adventurer, talked
enthusiastically to the crowd about his recent around-the-world
cycle which earned him a place in the Guinness Book of World
All manner of bikes and trikes were available to try, including
a tandem, a reclining bike and a hand crank bike, all provided by
the Whins Centre in Alloa. There was also a race runner
fromForthvalley Disability Sports. Topping it off was an old
fashioned go kart, courtesy of the Bogey Men.
Two marquees were chock full of activities, from a
smoothie-making bike to arts and crafts, willow making and
face-painting. Live music was provided by local talent Double
Trouble, The Tonkerers and Alice Down the Rabbit Hole.
A team of dedicated Helix volunteers, supported by the Fierce
Valley Roller Girls and local community groups, helped make sure
everything ran smoothly.
As well as all this going on at the Stadium, the Dawson Bike
Club ran a number of guided bike tours around the new Helix paths -
much in demand with both adults and children.
The event also saw the launch of a new cycle route connecting
Falkirk and Grangemouth. The 20-mile circular Helix Around Town
Tour (HArTT) begins at the Helix and travels by cycleway, towpath
and parkland to the Falkirk Wheel,Callendar Park and Zetland
New route maps were handed out by volunteers. Copies are still
available from the Helix or you can download a copy using the link
The whole team would like to thank everyone who made it a day to
remember. Whether you cycled, watched, ran a stall, performed or
listened, we salute you.
For more pics head to our Image Gallery.