Man v bike in Salterforth charity drag race

Crowds cheering on as they continuously climb

Crowds cheering on as they continuously climb

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Two Barlickers went toe to toe in Salterforth on Wednesday in a charity race up the notorious Salterforth Drag.

From a standing start, cyclist Stuart Bryan pitted his two wheels against the two feet of Barlick Fell Runners’ Stephen Chew in the first ever man versus bike race up the well-known West Craven climb.

Charity Contest: Stephen Chew (left) and Stuart Bryan, after they'd caught their breath from racing up Salterforth Drag. Photos by Ste Whipp.

Charity Contest: Stephen Chew (left) and Stuart Bryan, after they'd caught their breath from racing up Salterforth Drag. Photos by Ste Whipp.

In a close contest, Stuart’s pedal power proved to have the edge up the half-a-kilometre ascent which sees a rise of 76m at a gruelling gradient of 7%.

Crowds cheered the two on from bottom to top with little between the two throughout the race.

As the athletes arrived at the top there was just 12 seconds between them with Stuart winning in 2mins 10secs.

What started as a drunken challenge made during the 2014 Tour de France soon gathered pace and the pair decided to raise money for Pendleside Hospice, with approximately £400 in the kitty so far.

Spectator Keith Whipp said: “It was an incredible effort by both men.

“It was brilliant to see, fantastic. It started out quite small really but there were people all the way up the drag watching and more at the top. There must have been hundreds.”

Go to uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/manvsbike to donate.