Ride with Rooks in the Forest of Dean

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Tour de France 1988 King of the Mountains Steven Rooks will be taking part in the BeOne Forest of Dean Classic cyclo-sportive on Sunday, May 1.

The Dutch former professional, now 50, will join 1,000 participants of the 89-mile ride that starts in Monmouth, South Wales and follows a route through Tintern, Symonds Yat and the Forest of Dean. 

Along with taking the KoM jersey in the 1988 Tour, Rooks finished runner-up in the overall classification and won the stage to Alpe d'Huez. The following year, he took the mountain time trial stage of the race and finished seventh overall.

Alongside his Tour credentials, Rooks also has wins at Liege-Bastogne-Liege and Amstel Gold Race in his palmares that stretch from 1983 to 1994.

Entries are still available for the sportive, costing £27. You can find out more at www.wheelsinwheels.com

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Nigel Wynn
Nigel Wynn

Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on CyclingWeekly.com, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, CyclingWeekly.com would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, n exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.