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Ride with Brad cyclosportive staged in Barnoldswick to help Bradley Wiggins Foundation
11:00am Thursday 15th August 2013 in News
More than 1,000 cyclists took advantage of riding alongside Olympic champions Sir Bradley Wiggins, Laura Trott and Dani King on Sunday.
They were all taking part in the second annual Ride with Brad cyclosportive, which was staged in Barnoldswick to raise money for the Bradley Wiggins Foundation.
Organised by Pennine Events, it built on the huge success of last year’s inaugural Ride with Brad, with a choice of three routes – 160km, 100km and 50km – all of which were based on Brad’s favourite training roads.
Taking on the scenic 100km route, the 2012 Tour de France champion spent time talking to the other riders and fans and sharing words of encouragement.
He said he was overwhelmed by the number of people who turned out to support the ride.
“It’s great to see so many people out on the roads supporting the event and the foundation; this is what cycling is all about,” he said. “Our goal is to use the event to raise awareness, and, importantly, funds so that the foundation can continue to support and help give opportunities in both grassroots and elite sport.”
Wiggins started the event with Dani King, Laura Trott and Rochelle Gilmore from Team Wiggle-Honda, which was launched back in January and benefits from funding by the Bradley Wiggins Foundation.
Also joining them on the start line was An Post rider Kieran Frend, who has been supported by the Bradley Wiggins Foundation.
Laura said: “It was pretty hilly but it was a good day, I enjoyed it. It’s just a really good day to get involved in and we’re really thankful for the involvement that Brad and the foundation have had in the team. It’s great to see so many people out there.”
Dani added: “We started the ride with Brad which was good because everyone was saying ‘Hi’ to all of us as we were going past.
“It was a great atmosphere and a great day. It’s great to have Bradley on board supporting us; he’s such a fantastic role model to have.
“I think it’s nice that he’s supporting women’s cycling as well, being such an inspiring cyclist. We’re doing the ride to say thanks and it’s good to be a part of.”
A cycle show and festival of sport was also held at the “event village” in Victory Park to ensure that fans and family and friends were entertained throughout the day. Activities on offer included sports taster sessions and circus skills workshops, as well as rider hospitality, which was provided by local holiday rentals company Cottages4you.
For more information on Ride With Brad, visit ridewithbrad.com