On Monday 7th September, Stage 2 of the Tour of Britain will be taking place right on our doorstep in the picturesque but tough surroundings of Pendle and Ribble Valley.
The world’s top cyclists, including Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish will be competing in front of the tens of thousands of spectators that are expected to descend on the area.
The 154km route will start in Clitheroe, and finish in Colne Town Centre with three ‘King of the Mountains’ stages at ‘Nick O’Pendle’, ‘Pendle Big End’ and ‘Bleara Moor’ along the way.
You can download the full route map and profile from the Tour of Britain website here.
Described as a ‘short, sharp stage’, the challenging route is a popular training ground for competitive cyclists including Sir Bradley Wiggins. The area is also home to Olympic Gold Medal winner Steven Burke and national cyclo-cross champion Paul Oldham.
In the build up to the event, Paul tried out the ‘Bleara Moor’ section of the route. In an interview with ‘Pendletoday’, 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 sections in the Clitheroe to Colne section of the race.
“A lot of riders will fall back on climbs like this. The first King of the Mountain at Nick O’Pendle will be an early break away, but Bleara Moor will really thin them out.”