Hello! Stage 6 took a route through the county of Devon, from the beaches at Sidmouth up inland on to Dartmoor, finishing high up on Haytor. The weather wasn’t kind – wet and windy, riders and fans passing through dark lanes shrouded by tall trees – definitely the place to meet a highwayman in older days! […]Read more "Tour of Britain 2016: Stage 6 – Sidmouth to Haytor"
Hello! Stage 5 traversed the country from South Wales back into England through the Wye Valley, the county of Gloucestershire finishing in the renowned city of Bath in Somerset. Crowds were amazing yet again, hundreds turning out to congratulate the riders and cheer them along the way. A fantastic stage with a four-man breakaway for the last 50m. […]Read more "Tour of Britain 2016: Stage 5 – Aberdare to Bath"
Hello! Stage 4 saw the Tour of Britain cross the border from England into Wales, following the longest route of this year’s race through the counties of Denbighshire, Flintshire and Powys and across the steep terrain of the Welsh mountains. It was a fine, sunny day and my eye was just caught by the intense shadows, leading me […]Read more "Tour of Britain 2016: Stage 4 – Denbigh to Builth Wells"
Hello! Stage 3 saw the Tour of Britain move further south and west to the county of Cheshire -for the first time and certainly not the last. A lovely county with hills and dales and very enthusiastic cycling fans. The people were out in great numbers, from schools to cycling clubs and everyone in between! Villages and towns were festooned […]Read more "Tour of Britain 2016: Stage 3 – Congleton to Tatton Park, Knutsford"
Hello! Stage 2 of the Tour of Britain moved down from Scotland to England in the county of Cumbria with inevitably changeable weather. The race began in sunshine and finished in dark rain and mist. The course covered several punishing climbs, including one appropriately named, The Struggle. It was a hard day but plenty of fans – riders themselves out […]Read more "Tour of Britain 2016: Stage 2 – Carlisle to Kendal"
Hello! September sees cycling back in the UK, with the Tour of Britain. I love this race, not just because it takes place at home but because it attracts an interesting mix of teams and riders. I like its intensity and with the competition taking place in one week, there’s great racing to enjoy. Stage 1 began in […]Read more "Tour of Britain 2016: Stage 1 – Glasgow to Castle Douglas"
Hello! This time of year is always busy! There is so much going on as the cycling season reaches its close (as much as any sport closes these days!). La Vuelta continues in Spain but here in the UK, we have the Tour of Britain. Only eight stages but always a treat and this year […]Read more "Tour of Britain 2015 – Views from Stages 1 and 2"