Colne Grand Prix bike race: PHOTO SPECIAL

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Colne town centre was packed with spectators keen to follow the town’s annual Grand Prix bike race.

The winner was Ollie Wood, Bill Nickson came second – also doing the fastest lap – and Francis Pilkington was third.

Colne Grand Prix. Photo by Andrew Smith

Colne Grand Prix. Photo by Andrew Smith

This race was followed by a Le Mans-style Great British Chopper Race organised by Pendle Rally Chopper Group. The riders had to race to their choppers then ride round the route. This time, it was Jimmy McFadyen (34), from Colne, who won. Second was Carl Pawson, from Foulridge, and third was Ian Ashworth, from Trawden.

Then people who had already carried Olympic Torches made their way round the route with them again. Firstly there was Lucy Cowgill, Alice Martindale and Jade Brindle. Then they were followed by Pendle Council executive director Mr Brian Cookson, national president of British Cycling – and Mr Raymond Townsend.

Mayor and Mayoress of Pendle Coun. Asjad Mahmood and his wife, Samina, presented the trophies and Going Dutch flowers on the podium, where the winners fired champagne.

As well as the top titles in the three races, Martin Woffindin, from Cycle Sport Pendle, was the best local rider and Hannah Barnes was best female rider.