July 23 2014 Latest news:
Sunday, July 6, 2014
A soldier from Woodbridge helped to test out the first two stages of the Tour de France in Yorkshire.
Sergeant Ben Bradley, 35, was one of a 70-strong peloton of Armed Forces cyclists to try out the 390km route as part of Exercise Maillot Jaune (Exercise Yellow Jersey).
Sergeant Bradley is a member of 23 Engineer Regument (Air Assault) based at Rock Barracks, and only took up cycling 18 months ago.
He said, smiling: “I used to run to keep fit but decided to give cycling a try because it’s low impact and I thought I might be easier on my legs – but it’s not.
“I cycle around Woodbridge and also use the airfield at the barracks for interval training.
“It’s been an exciting couple of days and I am very proud to have played a small part in the whole event.”
After beginning in Yorkshire the world’s biggest cycle event comes to Essex tomorrow as stage three travels from Cambridge to London.