Line up for probably the most star-studded sportive on the planet: Team Wiggle Honda's Olympic Champions Laura Trott, Dani King and Joanna Rowsell are to join Sir Bradley Wiggins at the second annual Ride With Brad sportive on 11th August 2013.
They will also be joined by Junior World Champion Elinor Barker, Junior European Champion Amy Roberts and teammate and manager,Rochelle Gilmore.
It’s not an altogether surprising collaboration, as Team Wiggle-Honda is supported by the Bradley Wiggins Foundation.
Entries are open for the 50km, 100km and 160km route options, starting in Barnoldswick, Lancashire, costing £35 - £40 depending on distance. For entry and more information, click here.
Trott, King and Rowsell stunned the nation at the 2012 London Olympics, gaining a gold medal in a world record time in the Women’s Team Pursuit, with Trott adding a further gold in the Women’s Omnium.
At last year’s Ride With Brad, Sir Bradley Wiggins spoke out about the need for a new professional women’s team. Shortly after, plans for Wiggle-Honda were announced, which is supported by the Bradley Wiggins Foundation.
Money raised from the Ride with Brad sportive will go towards the Bradley Wiggins Foundation, which aims to promote participation in sport and to provide support to local individuals, groups and communities.
Dani King said: “It is fantastic to be able to ride alongside fans in the Ride with Brad Sportive. As a team we are really lucky to be supported by the Bradley Wiggins Foundation, so it is lovely to be able to give something back to say thank you.”
Laura Trott added: “We had incredible support from fans during the Olympics, I can’t wait to have the opportunity to meet some of them, have a chat and do what we like doing best; riding our bikes.”
Joanna Rowsell said: “Lancashire is such a beautiful part of the country, so I am really looking forward being able to get out on bike for an enjoyable ride with fellow cyclists.”
Bradley Wiggins said: “It was a great event last time, riding round this beautiful area where I train when at home and meeting so many riders and spectators.
"We want to keep the event growing and becoming the best sportive there is. So I urge everyone to put the 11th August 2013 in their diary and crack on with their training.”
After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.