Multiple British cyclocross champion Paul Oldham tested out the toughest section of the Aviva Tour of Britain Stage Two this week on his local roads, with just over two weeks to go before the big race on Monday 7 September.

He rides for Team Hope and works for Earby cycling engineering company HopeTech in his day job and they are regional sponsors of Aviva Tour of Britain Stage Two.  

Councillor Mohammed Iqbal, Leader of Pendle Council, said: 

“The YodelDirect Sprints and SKODA King of the Mountains offer some of the most exciting places to watch the race so get your place early! 

“We’re now picking up the pace as the race gets closer to ensure everyone has Monday 7th September in their diary for the UK’s biggest cycling event.”

Details of the race including where the cyclists will be and when, plus all three SKODA King of the Mountain stages and YodelDirect Sprints, along with the official Race Manual and Ordnance Survey stage mapping can be found here.

""Despite recovering from a nasty fall which put him in intensive care and nursing cracked ribs and teeth, Paul put the Bleara Moor King of the Mountain through its paces this week. 

Paul said:

“The riders start a sequence of hills out of Barnoldswick, but Bleara is by far the hardest! In fact it’s the steepest and toughest of all three SKODA King of the Mountains in the Clitheroe to Colne race,” he explained.

“A lot of riders will fall back on climbs like this,” said Paul.  “The first SKODA King of the Mountain at Nick O’Pendle will be an early break away but Bleara Moor will really thin them out.

“Cyclists won’t lose the race from here, but they won’t win it if they don’t make headway on Bleara Moor,” he stressed. 

After Bleara Moor the cyclists will make an exciting long descent westwards into Colne:

“They’ll be doing 40mph despite having a prevailing head wind in their faces.” 

Oldham loves the hilly territory for Stage Two from Clitheroe to Colne, it’s his daily training ground.

“It’s a long pull up Pasture Lane up to Annals Cross up to Pendle’s Big End for the final SKODA King of the Mountain,” he admitted.

On 7th September Paul will be seeing how the cyclists fare on Bleara Moor King of the Mountain, before heading off for the final finish in Colne. 

“I’ll be seeing the race twice! The beauty of the Pendle part of Stage Two is that you could see the race three or four times. Barrowford will be a good spot because you can then head into Colne for the big finish, you can even walk to Colne from Barrowford!”

And as for the finish in the centre of Colne itself?

“It’s a steady climb up to the finish in Colne but with a tail wind behind them it’ll be very fast!  Don’t miss it!”