Top UK cyclist Paul Oldham tested out the toughest section of the Tour of Britain Stage2 race this week, with just over two weeks to go before the big race on Monday 7 September. Paul’s a National Cyclo Cross Champion from Pendle who’s represented his country at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. He rides for Team Hope and works for Earby cycling engineering company HopeTech in his day job and they are sponsors of Tour of Britain Stage2.
Councillor Mohammed Iqbal, Leader of Pendle Council, said: “The Sprints and King of the Mountains offer some of the most exciting places to watch the race so get your place early! “We’re now picking up the pace as the race gets closer to ensure everyone has Monday 7th September in their diary for the UK’s biggest cycling event.”
Despite recovering from a nasty fall which put him in intensive care and nursing cracked ribs and teeth, Paul put the Bleara Moor King of the Mountain through its paces this week. Paul said: “The riders start a sequence of hills out of Barnoldswick, but Bleara is by far the hardest!” “In fact it’s the steepest and toughest of all three King of the Mountains in the Clitheroe to Colne race,” he explained.
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