TOUR de France winner and Olympic time trial gold medallist Bradley Wiggins will in Barnoldswick on Sunday for a special Ride with Brad event - along with Colne’s own golden boy Steven Burke.
Riders will attempt one of two challenging sportive rides on roads where Wiggins regularly trains while sampling the stunning countryside.
This event has been organised to celebrate the launch of the Bradley Wiggins Foundation, which aims to encourage participation in cycling.
Both Sportive routes (160km or 100km) go on a tour of Lancashire’s most natural beauty spots, including the Forest of Bowland, where riders pass through picturesque villages and farmland, before climbing onto remote open moorland where they will be greeted with stunning views and a silence broken only by their exertions.
The 160km route conquers many challenging climbs and descents that have featured in the Tour of Lancashire, the Tour of Britain and the National Road Race Champion- ships. Renowned climbs such as Waddington Fell, Trough of Bowland, Nick o’ Pendle and Longridge Fell form the breath-taking backdrop to this challenging route.
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, a shorter challenge, but still with plenty of fantastic scenery and the chance to ride with Wiggins too.
Both routes start and finish at Victory Park, Barnoldswick, with an early start from 7 a.m.
You can enter at www.bradleywigginsfoundation.org/site/index.php?Itemid=27