Countdown to major bike race: 2012 Colne Grand Prix

Cyclists, Billy Bantam, Sam Boast and Carl Pewson are pictured at the Colne Grand Prix preview with Brian Cookson (british cycling) and Ivor Armstron (race director).
Cyclists, Billy Bantam, Sam Boast and Carl Pewson are pictured at the Colne Grand Prix preview with Brian Cookson (british cycling) and Ivor Armstron (race director).
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Wiggins competed in the Pendle event in its early years and Sky Television cameras will be in town to film the race.

Modern technology will be at the forefront of the race. For the first time, riders will have state of the art transponders on the front of their bikes to time them to the thousandth of a second, thanks to race organisers Cycling Development North West winning £10,000 worth of funding from Sport England.

Coun. Paul White, who leads on tourism at Pendle Council, said: “Things are hotting up for a very British Colne Grand Prix on Wednesday.

“Spectators will experience the thrills and spills of high speed street racing, It’ll be a fantastic free night out in Colne, sponsored by Earby company Cottages4you.”

Before the main race, there will be be the popular Chopper dash, with 1970s style retro Choppers and riders wearing red, white and blue.

Colne will be getting into the Olympic spirit on the night too, with an Olympic torch parade scheduled at 8 p.m. just before the big race. Torch bearers from Pendle are attending and will parade from the church to the start of the race.

They include the leader of Pendle Council, Coun. Joe Cooney, who will be bearing the Olympic flame in Kent on Thursday, and the council’s Director for Regeneration, Brian Cookson, who is also president of British Cycling and carried the flame in Lancashire in June.

Sky will broadcast the race at 6-30 p.m. and 9-30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 24th and 1-30 a.m., 10-30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25th.