Bus to be named in honour of ‘Colne Cyclone’ Steven Burke

Great Britain's (left-right) Steven Burke, Owain Doull, Ed Clancy and Sir Bradley Wiggins with their gold medals following victory in the men's team pursuit final on the seventh day of the Rio Olympic Games. David Davies/PA Wire
Great Britain's (left-right) Steven Burke, Owain Doull, Ed Clancy and Sir Bradley Wiggins with their gold medals following victory in the men's team pursuit final on the seventh day of the Rio Olympic Games. David Davies/PA Wire
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Colne Cyclone Steven Burke may be one of the quickest names on two wheels, but he will soon be equally fast on four wheels.

That’s after the Transdev Burnley bus company announced that it is to name one of its double deckers on its flagship Witchway express route after the double Olympic gold medal winning cyclist.

Sir Bradley Wiggins (left) and Steven Burke celebrate after the Great Britain team win gold in the Men's Team Pursuit First Final on the seventh day of the Rio Olympic Games. David Davies/PA Wire

Sir Bradley Wiggins (left) and Steven Burke celebrate after the Great Britain team win gold in the Men's Team Pursuit First Final on the seventh day of the Rio Olympic Games. David Davies/PA Wire

Steven teamed up with Sir Bradley Wiggins, Ed Clancy and Owain Doull to take gold for Team GB in the team pursuit on Friday night, achieving their second world record time of the day in the final race to retain the title they won at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

As well as Steven’s name proudly being displayed on the outside of the bus, on the inside will be the story of his road to Rio glory.

The Witchway bus route X43 links his Burnley birthplace with his hometown of Colne and the city of Manchester, where he trains at the National Cycling Centre in Stuart Street.

Steven was awarded an MBE for his services to cycling in the New Year’s Honours List in 2013 after his success at London 2012 for which a postbox in Albert Road in Colne was also painted gold honouring his efforts in his home Olympics.

Steven Burke with his special gold letterbox in honour of his gold medal at the London Olympics.

Steven Burke with his special gold letterbox in honour of his gold medal at the London Olympics.

Transdev Burnley chief executive Alex Hornby said: “We are very proud of Steven’s great success in becoming Lancashire’s own gold medal winner at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. It’s entirely fitting that we should play our part in celebrating his momentous achievement.

“We’d certainly welcome Steven to officially name his bus when he returns to Lancashire with his gold medal, to what I’m certain will be a very well deserved hero’s welcome.

“Naming a Witchway bus after Steven will help to ensure that his gold medal victory is remembered and talked about long after the Rio Games have ended.

“As soon as we heard the great news, we knew it would be the right thing to do, and our top-of-the-range Witchway express is the natural choice to carry Steven’s name across East Lancashire in double quick time!”