Barnoldswick racer first big UK race of season in Melton Mowbray

Ian Wilkinson hits the line first
Ian Wilkinson hits the line first

Barnoldswick racer Ian Wilkinson won the first of the seasons UK big races at weekend in Melton Mowbray.

Ian was crowned Melton Cicle Classic winner for a second time, after winning in 2009, in a tight sprint finish from five breakaway companions.

Riding for his new team, UK Youth, Wilkinson, 32, hit the line first, with the high street packed with race supporters.

The race was over 110 miles with a 120-rider field, and had several off road farm tracks to negotiate.

Team UK youth is a national charity, whose president is former Formula One world champion Nigel Mansell.

Ian will do battle again this weekend as top level racing moves to the North East for the Tour of The Reservoirs, a two-day raced based near the village of Blanchland.

Meanwhile, plans for a cycling venue in Pendle moves a step closer with a funding bid submission to Sport England complete and ready for the April 29th deadline.

The plan is to create a facility at Swinden playing fields, and a decision will be made by July. Match funding for the project is already in place.

Spokesperson from Pendle Engineers and special projects team Tricia Wilson said: “The local cycling scene is booming and a lots of hard work as gone into the bid, with contributions from many local clubs and organisations.

“The facility would cater for all disciplines and all abilities.”