Lancashire

Bradley Wiggins: Hundreds ride with Olympics star

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Hundreds of cyclists have joined Britain's Olympic star Bradley Wiggins on a 99-mile (160km) bike ride on the routes he trains on in Lancashire.

The inaugural Ride With Brad marked the launch of the Bradley Wiggins Foundation, the charity founded by the star to promote sport in the community.

This year Wiggins won both the Tour de France and his seventh Olympic medal.

Ride With Brad had two routes - 160km and 100km (62 miles) - both starting and ending in Barnoldswick.

Speaking after the event Wiggins said he had been overwhelmed by the response from people who turned out in the rain to cheer him.

"I'm not a great one for receptions, it was really nice to be able to do what I do and meet people," he said.

"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."

The cyclist, who confirmed earlier that he would be taking part in the Tour of Britain, said he was looking forward to it being a celebration of British cycling in its most successful year.

The 160km route took in the climbs and descents which have featured in the Tour of Lancashire, the Tour of Britain and the National Road Race Championships, including beauty spots such as Barley Fell, Waddington Fell, Nick o' Pendle, Trough of Bowland, and Longridge Fell.

The shorter 100km route missed out the northern moorland loop around the Trough of Bowland.

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