Brutal event tests locals

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PENDLE was well represented at the Three Peaks Cyclocross in Ingleborough, Whernside, and Pen-Y-Ghent recently.

The gruelling 61km route includes 28km on the road and 33km off road - about 6km of which is unrideable, with competitors forced to run with the bike on their back.

In excess of 500 riders from around the country took part, including a number of local riders.

Most notably, National Cyclocross champion Paul Oldham (Hope Factory Racing) of Trawden, finished third overall, four minutes back on the eventual winner Nick Craig (Scott UK).

Other local riders to complete and finish were Colne’s Alistair Jowett (Pendle Forest CC) who finished 57th, Jonathan Boothman (Pendle Forest CC) 87th, and Martin Brass (Cycle Sport Pendle).

All riders described what a brutal event this is at the finish.

Even the rough decents don’t give any respite!

The cyclo-cross season is just kicking-off, and local club Cycle Sport Pendle will be running an event at West Craven High School on October 23rd.