Gallery: Hundreds of cyclists join Sir Bradley Wiggins at East Lancashire's 'Ride with Brad' (From Lancashire Telegraph)
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Gallery: Hundreds of cyclists join Sir Bradley Wiggins at East Lancashire's 'Ride with Brad'
HUNDREDS of cyclists braved heavy rain showers to ride alongside Olympic gold medallist Sir Bradley Wiggins.
The second Ride with Brad Sportive saw cyclists from across the country join last year’s Tour de France winner on rides around some of his favourite training routes.
The event, for his charity the Bradley Wiggins Foundation, was staged for the first time last year, and this year included a Festival of Sport in Victory Park, Barnoldswick, which was the start, and finish, of yesterday’s ride.
Cyclists could choose between a 50km, 100km, or 160km route, which took in villages in Pendle and the Ribble Valley, before heading towards Lancaster, and then returning to Barnoldswick.
Riders set off with Sir Bradley, from Eccleston, at around 7am, and the first of those doing the 50km route returned at around 10am. The man himself got back to Victory Park at around 12.15pm, and signed autographs for fans, before heading off to catch a flight to a race in Belgium. He said: “More and more people are getting into cycling now, so long may it continue.
“It’s just nice to be back racing and winning with the team. Everything is geared towards the World Championships time-trial which is what I’m aiming for. To try and win another gold medal is the long-term plan for the next three years. I love training and the routine of it.”
“I would love to go back in the Tour next year, but it’s not my decision. I would love to be picked and do a job for the team.”
Kevin Smith, 38, from Nelson, was taking part for the first time and tackled the 50km route. He said: “It was a great ride. There were a few showers out there, but it didn’t rain for too long .”
Brian and Janet Mcavoy, 54, and 49, travelled from Cononley, near Skipton, to take part having been spectators last year. Janet said: “We did the 50km route because we’re fairly new to this, but we’ll do the 100km next year. It was great fun. There was a fantastic atmosphere on the route.”
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