Tour de France: Woodbridge soldier tests Tour route

Sergeant Ben Bradley.   As cycling fever grips Yorkshire in advance of Le Grand Depart of the Tour de France 2014, some of the top cyclists in the Armed Forces have been testing the 390 kilometre route in the county to assist in the preparations for the prestigious event. Sergeant Ben Bradley. As cycling fever grips Yorkshire in advance of Le Grand Depart of the Tour de France 2014, some of the top cyclists in the Armed Forces have been testing the 390 kilometre route in the county to assist in the preparations for the prestigious event.

Sunday, July 6, 2014
3:00 PM

A soldier from Woodbridge helped to test out the first two stages of the Tour de France in Yorkshire.

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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.

See our coverage here.

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