Colne Grand Prix: Over 5,000 spectators welcome the return of a prestigious racing event

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Rounding the straight to the finish line of the penultimate round of the Men’s National Tour series, they cheered on the elite British and Continental cyclists.

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Reaching speeds of up to 80km/h on one of the fastest circuits in the series, Robert Scott riding for British Cycling’s Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) team WiV Sungod was the first to cross the finish line.

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Action from the 2022 Fort Vale Colne Grand Prix. Photo: Kelvin Stuttard

Jacob Scott of Wiv Sungod finished second with Joshua Giddings of the British Cycling Team Inspired Under-23 team in third place in an exhilarating race.

Peter Staveley of main sponsor Fort Vale was there to see the action. “It was a fantastic night of cycling and quite a sight to see cyclists of this caliber racing here in a crowded city centre.

“This is the third time we have sponsored the Colne Grand Prix and it was great to be back. Cycling is part of our DNA at Fort Vale, from managers to our young apprentices and we share the same philosophy than the teams that participate here. , bringing young people for the future. ” Riggs Autopack, a Fort Vale Group engineering company, sponsored the Sprint for Success race and General Manager Andrew Bishop was there to see the action. Andrew said: “It was so good to be a part of this event again after a gap of two years – see the crowds in full force for a fantastic night of racing in Colne! “There was a great sense of energy and community spirit and it was interesting to see women racing alongside men for the first time – it gave the race a new dynamic.

The men in the top three of the Riggs Autopack Sprint for Success were Dexter Leeming-Sykes of Wold Top The Edge RT in first place, Isaac Lawrence, Brother UK-Orientation Marketing in second.

Crowds enjoy the return of the Colne Grand Prix, the first since the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo: Kelvin Stuttard

Jack Lucas of Cowling for Paceline Cycles North finished third and was the top local rider in the race.

The top female Sprint for Success cyclists competing for ranking points under the National B classification were Matilda McKibben of Liv Cycling Club – Halo Films who came in first. Lauren Robinson, Moonglu Race Team finished second and Gemma Sargent of Saint Piran WRT came third.

Matilda McKibben of Skipton was the top local rider.

Com. Mary Thomas, Chair of Colne Town Council, race organizers said: ‘I want to thank everyone for supporting an adrenaline-filled night of racing in our town centre.’ A huge debt of thanks is thanks to our loyal sponsors and our local community who came out in force and the businesses that stayed open – downtown was buzzing! “Thank you also to everyone who worked hard to make the event a great success, including the Cycling Development Pendle Partnership team led by Len Woffindin and also The Pendle Council Communications team who helped promote the “And finally, a big shout out to the incredible cyclists, from local riders to British and continental riders, who make Colne and Pendle one of the cycling capitals of the UK!”Evelyn Field of The Liverpool Century Cycling Academy came first in the girls under 16 race, sponsored by Coalition Facilities Management Ltd.

Riggs Autopack Sprint for Success action at the 2022 Colne Grand Prix. Photo: Kelvin Stuttard

In first place for the Boys Under 16 was Joe Watkins-Wilson, with Joseph Cosgrove in second and Bryn Lawrence third. .

First for the Boys Under 14 was Team North Cheshire Clarion’s Albie Jones, with Clifton CC’s Harry Speak second and Eastlands Velo’s Freddie Winkley third.

For girls under 14, Izabel Young of Shibden Cycling Club came first with Ayesha Vose of Eastlands Velo in second place.

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