Clitheroe gym takes on Tour of Britain

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A Clitheroe gym will stage a marathon spinathon to coincide with Stage 2 of the Aviva Tour of Britain, which will pass through the Ribble Valley on September 7th.

Carter Leisure, in Clitheroe, will also take inspiration from the recent Tour De France stage in Yorkshire by displaying upcycled painted bikes as part of the celebrations.

Vicky Carter, owner of Carter Leisure explained: “We are raising money for leukaemia research, as a friend and member of the gym, Arnold Marsden, was recently diagnosed with the disease.

“We are hoping to do the same mileage as the Tour of Britain in the form of the spinathon, which will involve seven instructors taking seven classes of 16 people. We expect it will take us around 3 hours and 45 minutes to complete.

She continued: “To publicise the event, we contacted Cycles Recycled, a wonderful charity based in Clitheroe, who gave us some old bikes which we have painted and mounted outside the gym. We’re hoping other local businesses will follow suit, as it’s a brilliant way to show our support for the Tour.”

Stage Two will leave Clitheroe, then power through Ribble Valley, taking in the Nick o’ Pendle climb, Dunsop Bridge (the Centre of the Kingdom), Slaidburn in the Forest of Bowland, then Barnoldswick, Barrowford and Nelson in Pendle before finishing in the centre of Colne.

The Tour of Britain is the UK’s highest-ranked cycle race. The 2015 event takes in eight stages, from the start in North Wales to the finish in central London.