Race for cycle heroes

Howard Walmsley who will take part in the People's Peloton prior to the Tour of Britain. (s)
Howard Walmsley who will take part in the People's Peloton prior to the Tour of Britain. (s)
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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.