A former national champion has geared up for the OVO Energy Tour of Britain’s return to Worcestershire this September by riding the entire stage route on a Penny Farthing.

Dave Preece, the 2014 British Open Penny Farthing racing champion, tackled the 14.4-kilometre (8.9-mile) route of the prestigious race’s Pershore individual time trial stage that will welcome the world’s best riders on Thursday 12 September.

Pershore resident Preece completed the stage in 40 minutes and 24 seconds at an average speed of 21.4kph (13.3mph). It is expected that the Tour of Britain stage winner will post a time of approximately 20 minutes.

What they said…

Dave Preece said: “I’m so pleased that my home town of Pershore hosts the race’s individual time trial stage. Like many people who will be watching this year’s Tour I was keen to ride the course to see how I matched up to the professionals!

The course will provide some great racing. It has a few short, sharp climbs; some technical turns, and what will be a very fast last mile coming back down the hill into Pershore.

“I enjoyed my lap but it was tough going. The short climb out of Pershore is quite steep and it was only just ridable. The middle section of the course was better and almost perfect for the Penny Farthing. I made good progress here and had great views over the hedgerows from my elevated riding position!

“Heading back towards Pershore is harder than it looks – it is quite exposed to winds. The town centre has a 20mph speed limit: I didnt hit it but the pros will easily be doing double that!”

Mark Williams, Sports Development Officer at Wychavon said: “It’s fantastic that Dave has undertaken this quirky challenge to highlight the time trial coming to Pershore.

We’re so excited about this incredible opportunity to play host to a world-class sporting event.”

Strava leaderboard

While Dave Preece took 40 minutes to complete our Pershore time trial course, here’s how the fastest times uploaded to Strava currently stand.

The OVO Energy Tour of Britain, the UK’s most prestigious and longest-running international cycling event, returns to Worcestershire in September for its first stage set entirely in the county in the modern edition of the race.

Stage six starts from Pershore’s Broad Street, with riders passing through Little Comberton and Bricklehampton during a scenic anti-clockwise before finishing along the market town’s High Street.

This spectator-friendly day of racing will allow fans to see over 100 world-class professionals up close as they tackle the course individually. Action begins from 13:01, with the last rider expected to cross the line at 15:20.

Downloads and links

Click here to explore the stage six hub