Three Time Olympic Medalist
Steven Burke was born locally and lived in Colne in his early life attending local schools. Known as the ‘Colne Cyclone’, he is the youngest ever recipient to be awarded the Freedom of the Borough in Pendle. An Olympic Bronze medalist in Beijing 2008 at just 20 years old, and an Olympic Champion at London 2012, not to mention World Champion and World Record holder in the 4000 metre Team Pursuit. Steven was awarded an MBE in the 2013 New Year’s honours list.
Steven Burke Cycling hub
He is the inspiration behind the development of the Steven Burke Cycling Hub that would take his name in recognition of his Olympic success and act as the nucleus and hub for cycling activity in Pendle. The cycle circuit and hub opened in July 2014. The centre acts as a base for adult and child cycle training, short beginners’ rides, local club Cycle Sport Pendle and cycle racing. The cycle circuit is 1.1km long and is free and open to the public when not booked out and between 7am to 10am every day, except on Saturdays when its open access from 7am to 9am. To find out what is on at the hub or to book the circuit, for which there is a charge, visit www.cyclesportpendle.org.uk
Gold Post Box
Steven Burke helped give his home town of Colne the midas touch – with Royal Mail painting a post box gold in his honour.
The company vowed to paint one of its famous red post boxes gold for each Olympic gold champion in their home town after the 2012 Olympics.
Just hours after Steven was crowned winner of the Men’s Cycling Team Pursuit event with his fellow team mates in 2012, a post box on the corner of Crabtree Street and Albert Road was painted to mark the achievement.
Read Steven Burke on Wikipedia