A cyclist who finished 11th in the 1968 Tour of Britain is to lead a ‘people’s peloton’ of community champions prior to stage two of this year’s race.
Howard Walmsley, 72, who took part in the Tour of Britain in 1968 and 1970, finishing 11th and 21st respectively, will lead the peloton.
The former Whalley Golf Club captain has championed cycling throughout his life and founded the Clayton Velo Cycling Club.
He also represented England in the 1969 tour of Holland and says he is “delighted” to be part of the Tour of Britain.
Stage two of this year’s event runs through Lancashire, starting in Clitheroe before rolling through Ribchester, Longridge and Chipping before a finish in Colne on Monday, September 7.
The people’s peloton will comprise of Lancashire’s community champions as the unsung heroes and heroines undertake a 1km circuit of Clitheroe town centre under police escort prior to the main race, which starts at 11am in Castle Street.
He will be joined at the head of the people’s peloton by Ribble Valley Borough Council leader Stuart Hirst, who was instrumental in bringing stage two of this year’s Tour of Britain to Ribble Valley.
Also taking part will be Clitheroe disability activist Simon O’ Rourke, Ribblesdale rotarian Richard Dugdale, who has raised over £10,000 for charity from sponsored bike rides, Norman Tenray, who is chief executive of construction group OBAS and a fundraiser for the Rosemere Cancer Foundation and community nurse Nicky Scorah, who biked across Kenya on behalf of Women v Cancer.
The People’s Peloton will set off from the official race start in Castle Street and follow the race route through town, ending in Whalley Road in time to watch the Tour of Britain pass.