Intrepid cyclists on the country’s most iconic ride have carved their way through Lancashire on route to furthest tip of Britain.
Around 800 cyclists set off from Land’s End on Saturday for the 960-mile Deloitte Ride Across Britain event.
The nine-day event took the cyclists through the scenic Lancashire countryside earlier this week. They will finish at John O’Groats on Sunday.
The riders are averaging around 108 miles a day, and will climb around 15,000m in total, which is twice the height of Mount Everest.
The Deloitte Ride Across Britain is widely recognised as the UK’s premier long distance cycling event and takes cyclists of all levels of fitness and ability through some of the country’s most breath-taking landscapes.
Nick Tuppen, Managing Director of Threshold Sports, which organises the event, says: “Last year 93 per cent of participants in the Deloitte Ride Across Britain rated it as one of the best experiences of their lives.
“It really is one of the greatest sportives this country has to offer with a stunning route, unrivalled logistical support and enormous camaraderie.”
The race includes riders from Kenya, Botswana, Nigeria, Japan, Australia, America, Canada and Europe. This year’s riders include Olympic gold medallist Nicole Cooke and Tim Reddish OBE, Chairman of the British Paralympic Association, and Paralympic cyclist Jody Cundy and David Clarke, a Paralympic footballer.
l Registration for the Ride Across Britain 2016 is open now at www.rideacrossbritain.com.