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article imageHundreds turn out for gruelling cycle ride with Bradley Wiggins

By Kev Hedges     Aug 19, 2012 in Lifestyle
Barnoldswick - Several hundred keen cycle enthusiasts have donned their Spandex one-piece kits and crash hats, so they can join gold medal winner Bradley Wiggins on his 160km (100-mile) training ride through the outstanding natural beauty of Lancashire's country roads.
The route is the same one, where the Tour de France winner and gold medallist, practised diligently most days of the week for years in order to become the world's fastest cyclist. Dubbed the Ride with Brad, the cycling experience marked the launch of the Bradley Wiggins Foundation, a charity founded by the star to help encourage people to take up sport in the community.
Since the London Olympic Games, communities across Britain have been encouraged to take up sport in a feverish way and when Bradley Wiggins asked members of the public to join him on his daily training session, almost a thousand cyclists attended. There are two routes which the Ride with Brad course takes, one is intermediate and the other is tough and very hard. One is a 100km (62-miles) hard ride through some of Lancashire's green and pleasant country lanes complete with punishing hills and death-defying downward hills that will easily see cycle enthusiasts reach speeds of up to 60mph.
Tight hair pin bends accompany the occasional rabbit or deer crossing your path, as rolling fields of corn, canola or rape seed cross rivers, streams and moorland fells. The more punishing route endures for 160km (100-miles). However Bradley was overwhelmed to be joined by hundreds despite warm summer rains, which can be hazardous for any cyclist; as the Olympian tri-athlete cyclists learned when speeding round central London during the Olympics just after a rain storm on greasy roads.
Bradley Wiggins was clearly overwhelmed by the support and said in the BBC Lancashire News:
I'm not a great one for receptions, it was really nice to be able to do what I do and meet people. I have been in the Olympic bubble and the Tour de France bubble for the last seven weeks so it was good to come and meet the cycling community.
Some of the areas covered include areas of outstanding natural beauty such as the beauty spots like Barley Fell, Waddington Fell, Nick o' Pendle, Trough of Bowland, and Long Ridge Fell. The route starts and finishes at Victory Park in Barnoldswick. The ride start opens at 8.30am-9.30am and those that wish to Ride with Brad must ensure they are at the start area in plenty of time.
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