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Tour de Chorley For THR

16 April 2015


The Eurosport cameras flocked to Chorley at the start of April as the town prepared to play host to the opening round of the 2015 British Cycling Elite Road Race Series.

Making its debut as an event in the Elite Road Series calendar, the Chorley Grand Prix was broadcast live on Eurosport and welcomed just less than 150 professional elite riders including THR’s Stephen Abbott who is sponsored by haleys.

Team Hoppers Rollers (THR) is part of Preston Grasshoppers Rugby Football Club (PGRFC). The cycling club has been so successful at Hoppers that an elite racing section THR has been established. Many of the young riders in the elite THR racing section are destined for higher things including professional contracts and a number of businesses associated with Hoppers have provided sponsorship to help fund these elite racers.

Thousands of spectators lined the streets in the centre on the day to watch the cyclists endure a gruelling 116 mile race that consisted of five 23-mile laps, each snaking up through the Chorley countryside at Rivington Pike before ending beside Astley Park in the town centre.

It took just over four and a half hours until Preston’s Ian Bibby eventually crossed the finishing line alone in first place after having been part of a breakaway group on the third lap and then mounting an attack for the lead after the final climb which paid off with victory.

Bibby was unable to replicate his win in the second race of the series, finishing three minutes and fifteen places behind former British junior road racing champion Erick Rowsell in the two-stage Tour of the Reservoir in Northumberland.

There are still six races left in the 2015 series with the next taking placing in the Wiltshire countryside beside Salisbury in just under a month’s time. Haleys would like to wish the best of luck to all riders.

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