PHOTOS: The day the Tour of Britain arrived in the Ribble Valley

Cycle fever gripped the Ribble Valley as Stage Two of the Aviva Tour of Britain travelled through Clitheroe and its surrounding villages this week.

The local community embraced the event erecting bunting, flags and displaying decorated bicycles along the Tour’s route which took in some of the borough’s most outstanding countryside.

Thousands of spectators and the world’s media descended on Clitheroe Town Centre on Monday morning as a peloton of 20 teams rolled out of the town to compete in the 99-mile Ribble Valley and Pendle stage of the Tour.

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Setting off in the glorious sunshine, the riders headed out on their clockwise route via the Nick o’ Pendle, Whalley, Longridge, Dunsop Bridge and Slaidburn in the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, before heading into Pendle via Barnoldswick and Earby, then briefly returning to Clitheroe and on to Whalley for a second time, before Nelson and finally, the finish line in Colne.

Leading the way for the main race of the day was the people’s peloton, a group of nominated community champions, who undertook a 1 km circuit of the town.

The riders take their place at the start line.

The riders take their place at the start line.

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