Pendle’s own ‘superman’ Ian Wilkinson will be joining Colne Grand Prix sponsors cottages4you and young riders from Cycle Sport Pendle to fly the flag ahead of the big race.
World champions and the UK’s top cyclists will be battling it out for the high speed race on Wednesday 16 July evening in Colne town centre.
Young riders from Cycle Sport Pendle will start the wheels turning at 6.45pm with a lap of the circuit, followed by the Sprint for Success Race sponsored by Fort Vale at 7pm and then the Colne Grand Prix!
Details about the event and some of the top riders including Ian Wilkinson are in the Colne Grand Prix programme, available online: www.pendle.gov.uk/colnegrandprix
Councillor Paul White who’ll be meeting Ian and our headline sponsors along with one of the young riders from Cycle Sport Pendle ahead of the race said:
“We’re passionate about cycling in Pendle!
“We’re proud to have UK and world class riders here, like Ian Wilkinson.
“He’ll be one of the fastest riders to watch at this year’s big race.
“His sprints to the finish line are something!” Added Paul.
“The Colne Grand Prix is one of the main ingredients which makes Pendle an essential part of the UK’s Capital of Cycling – Lancashire!” He said.
It puts Colne on the map, with coverage from British Eurosport TV and lots of the UK’s top sports photographers come to cover the event,” he added.
Nick Rudge Managing Director at Earby company cottages4you said:
“We’ve been the headline sponsor of the Colne Grand Prix for the last six years and are proud to support this exciting race.
“We’ve lots of very keen cyclists at our company and the Colne Grand Prix is one of the highlights of our year.
“It’s great to be part of its success!” He added.
Ian Wilkinson from Barnoldswick is one of the riders tipped to win this year.
He’s represented Britain at many international events including the World Championships and won the Colne Grand Prix UK elite race in 2008.
Ian loves the circuit with its swooping curves and high powered sprints through the historic town centre.
“The crowd around the circuit for the Colne Grand Prix has grown every year and it’s
one of the best on the whole UK elite circuit series,” he said.
“I’m looking forward to it – it’s going to be good!” Ian added.
“Visitors and Colners should come to the Colne Grand Prix – it’s a fantastic high speed free event!” Added Councillor Paul White.
“There’s always a fantastic atmosphere in town and pubs and cafes stay open until late,” he explained.
A free public car park is behind it listed on this map as Dockray Street car park 1 – see link below.