With less than two weeks to go before the Welcome Cottages Colne Grand Prix on Wednesday 15 July, riders and sponsors are going up a gear!
Councillor Mohammed Iqbal, Leader of Pendle Council, said:
“It’s our 12th Colne Grand Prix this year and looks set to be the best ever, with three exciting high speed races through Colne’s historic town centre.”
World champions and the UK’s top cyclists will be battling it out for first place including Pendle’s own ‘superman’ Ian Wilkinson, who joins sponsors this week ahead of race night.
Ian won the Colne Grand Prix in 2008 and he’s the leader of international Team Raleigh.
The races on Wednesday 15th July are:
6.30pm Marsden Building Society Future Stars Race for young regional riders
7.15pm Fort Vale Sprint for Success race for up and coming riders
8.15pm – 9.15pm Welcome Cottages Colne Grand Prix race for elite riders – part of Britain’s Elite Men’s Circuit Series.
The races are being organised by Cycle Sport Pendle, Pendle Council and British Cycling and are supported by Colne Town Council.
“It’ll be a fantastic opening to the Pendle Cycling Festival 2015 and is one of many free events local people and visitors can enjoy,” said Councillor Ian Tweedie who leads on tourism.
The 2015 Festival includes the national Tour of Britain Stage 2 cycle race which is coming to Pendle for the first time on Monday 7th September with the final finish in Colne.
Welcome Cottages of Earby (formerly cottages4you) have continued their loyalty to the event as headline sponsor and they’re headline sponsors of the Tour of Britain Stage 2 Clitheroe to Colne race, too.
Councillor Iqbal said: “We’re delighted Colne Grand Prix night races are sponsored by local companies.
“All three sponsors – Welcome Cottages, Fort Vale and Marsden Building Society have a great reputation and a passion for cycling!” He added.
Nick Rudge, Managing Director of Welcome Cottages said:
“We’ve been the headline sponsor of the Colne Grand Prix for the last seven 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.
This year’s Colne Grand Prix night includes a new race called the Future Stars race organised by Cycle Sport Pendle and sponsored by Marsden Building Society.
Young riders from around the region will compete for the first time on the Grand Prix circuit.
Rob Pheasey, Chief Executive of Marsden Building Society said:
“We’re keen to support young riders in Pendle and that’s why we’ve teamed up with Cycle Sport Pendle to create a new race on Colne Grand Prix night.
“We take real pride in our community and the chance to celebrate the talent we have in Pendle and support local initiatives,” he added.
Details about the event are in the Colne Grand Prix programme, available online: www.pendle.gov.uk/colnegrandprix.
Pendle’s own ‘superman’ Ian Wilkinson will be flying the starter’s flag in Colne this week and meeting sponsors, ahead of the big race.
Ian has already signed up to race in this year’s Colne Grand Prix.
He’s represented Britain at many international events including the World Championships and won the Colne Grand Prix UK elite race in 2008.
He 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.
Sarah Cockburn-Price, chairman of Colne Town Council said:
“We’re proud to be supporting the races, it’ll be a fantastic night for Colne!
“I urge everyone to come into town, cheer on the riders, support the many local businesses who’ll be opening late and most of all have a great evening!”