Barnoldswick man Wilko tops podium in Elite race

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BARNOLDSWICK’S Ian Wilkinson hit top spot on the podium in the Elite race for the country’s top riders over the weekend at the City of Preston Grand Prix.

Up against Olympic gold medallists and national champions, Wilkinson won, as he hits form after his early season was disrupted with a broken collarbone.

Selection for September’s Tour of Britain is his target.

Young Cycle Sport Pendle riders were also in the thick of the action

CSP youngsters had earlier in the day got a taste of things to come by being presented to the crowd.

Nathan Hawthorne, 11, from Nelson and a pupil at St John Southworth, finished third in the Under 12s’ race around the tight city centre course.

Nathan was a recent overall winner of a six-race series based at the Etihad Stadium with four wins.

His sister Shannon completed the mixed boy and girl Under 10s’ race to complete a family double.

In the Under 16s’ boys’ race, CSP was represented by the only girl in the race, Amy Gornall from Barnoldswick.

Amy was the centre of attention before the race with a live interview during her warm up.

She rode a determined race and was presented to the large crowd post race to receive a well-deserved girls award in 14th place.

In the main support race for senior riders, CSPs’ 18-year-old Martin Woffindin made the podium in third spot, outsprinted at the finish by past NW regional champion Gary Adamson from Liverpool.