Olympic hero’s warm welcome

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ONE of sport’s most in demand stars paid a visit to the district last weekend.

Cycling king Bradley Wiggins was joined by hundreds of other bike enthusiasts on a ride around the county as part of the launch of his new charity on Sunday.

The first-ever Ride With Brad was organised to launch the Tour de France winner and seven-time Olympic medalist’s Bradley Wiggins Foundation and took in Caton and Quernmore, also making a stop at Bridge House Farm Tea Rooms in Wray.

The foundation promotes participation in sport and supports talented athletes.

Wiggins, wearing the yellow helmet that became synonymous with his Tour victory was happy to pose for photos and chat to fans.

Both the 100km and 160km routes started and ended in Barnoldswick, in the east of the county, passing through the Trough of Bowland amongst other sites. It won’t be long before the sideburn-wearing Team Sky rider makes a return to the district either, after confirming he will take part in this year’s Tour of Britain.

Stage four of the country’s biggest cycling race, on Wednesday, September 12, passes through Wray, Caton, Galgate, Dolphinholme and Cockerham on its way between Carlisle and Blackpool.

Wiggins’ team mate Mark Cavendish will also be part of the Team Sky line--up.