Cyclists in Oxenhope create landscape art to celebrate Tour de France

Keighley News: BBC Countryfile presenter, Ellie Harrison, takes part in the project BBC Countryfile presenter, Ellie Harrison, takes part in the project

DOZENS of cyclists teamed up to use their wheels to create a huge piece of land artwork in a field above Oxenhope.

They banded together to take part in the latest Fields of Vision project to create land artworks to celebrate the Tour de France's passage through the district.

The 50 mountain bikers — including youngsters from Parkwood Primary School — made the image by participating in the time-trial ride last Thursday. (June 5)

They all followed the same track, steadily wearing away the damp grass to imprint an outline of a dancing lady.

This image was designed by artist Louise Lockhart, from Hebden Bridge. It symbolises how the bicycle helped emancipate women during the Victorian era.

Fields of Vision originated in an idea put forward by the Worth Valley Young Farmers, and is being co-ordinated by Pennine Prospects.

Andrew Wood, of the Young Farmers, said last week's time-trial had been a success, and the outcome was a striking, highly-visible image. People wanting to see it have been directed to the main viewing point, which is outside the Waggon and Horses pub, in Hebden Bridge Road.

Mr Wood said: "We were crossing our fingers and hoping it would work alright, and in the end it did. It's a new idea, I don't think anyone has ever created artwork by riding bikes around a field!

"We had just about the right number of cyclists. Any more and they would have been hard to manage, and any less it would have taken longer for them to wear the outline into the grass.

"They were cycling for four hours from 10.30am to 2.30pm. Parkwood school were brilliant, having all the kids there made for a great atmosphere.

"The artist came too, and she had a ride around the course herself.

"The event was being filmed for Countryfile, and the presenter also cycled round a couple of times."

Pennine Prospects programme director, Mark Turner, said: "It went really well, and we had a very good turnout.

"The fact that the weather was a bit soggy was probably in our favour because it helped wear the design into the landscape, even though everyone did get a bit damp."

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