Ride with Brad proves a big success

Sir Bradley Wiggins
Sir Bradley Wiggins

The second annual Ride with Brad cyclosportive came through the Ribble Valley on Sunday.

Over 1,000 participants took part, many having the opportunity to ride with Sir Bradley Wiggins and fellow Olympic champions Laura Trott and Dani King, all in support of the Bradley Wiggins Foundation.

The event, organised by Pennine Events, built on the huge success of last year’s inaugural Ride with Brad. This year, riders could choose one of three routes; 160km, 100km and 50km, all of which were based on Wiggins’ favourite training roads.

Taking on the scenic 100km route, Wiggins spent time talking to the other riders and fans on the course, sharing words of encouragement. He was overwhelmed with the number of people who turned out to support the ride

He said: “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 continued: “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 Wiggle-Honda riders King, Trott and Rochelle Gilmore. Also joining them on the start line was An Post rider Kieran Frend, who has been supported by the Bradley Wiggins Foundation. Team Wiggle-Honda, launched back in January by Gilmore, also benefits from funding by the Bradley Wiggins Foundation.

Trott 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.”