CYCLING superstar Bradley Wiggins will be returning to East Lancashire next year for the second ‘Ride with Brad’ event.

The newly knighted Tour de France winner and Olympic gold medalist will be leading cyclists on a route around Pendle and the Ribble Valley.

Last year over 1,400 cyclists followed ‘Sir Wiggo’ on the route, with 10,000 spectators lining the scenic route.

This year’s event, organised by Pennine Events and the Bradley Wiggins Foundation, will take place on August 18 and will offer a 100km or 160km route, accompanied by the man himself.

And organisers expect this year’s to be even bigger than last year, with over 3,000 people set to take part.

Sir Bradley said: “Come and join me on a challenging ride through the stunning Lancashire countryside and experience the roads and climbs I regularly train on.

“I look forward to welcoming you all and riding alongside many of you on what will be a special day for all the family.”

On the 160km route riders will conquer many challenging climbs and descents which have featured in the Tour of Lancashire, the Tour of Britain and the National Road Race Championships.

With renowned climbs such as Barley Fell, Waddington Fell, Nick o’ Pendle, Trough of Bowland, and Longridge Fell forming the breathtaking backdrop the challenging route will test those taking part.

The shorter 100km route misses out the northern moorland loop around the Trough of Bowland but still includes Barley Fell, Waddington Fell, Longridge Fell and the Nick o’ Pendle.