A weekend of Le Tour in England

No prizes for guessing what I have done this weekend.

Saturday: Went to London with my Son and watched the prologue of the tour. The atmosphere was fantastic the crowds huge and London was just the best place to be.

Sunday: I cycled with some members of Molesey BBT with the Mordern and Cheam CTC group over to the Halfway House Pub on the tour route to see the caravan and then the tour sweep through. I took a video using my phone but it really is not worth watching. If it was you would see the group of five riders in the breakaway sweep past, at that point things looked good for the break as they had about five minutes on the peleton but it was not to be.

After all that excitement we cycled home. Ended up doing 112 miles but this was at CTC speed until we got to Woldingham then we blasted down to Croydon, Sutton, Cheam, New Malden, Kingston and home.

The Winners this weekend:

  • London – Boy did it look good. Also on a practical level the transport system coped with over 1 million visitors without any problem.

  • Ken Livingstone. The tour was a hit and he will take the credit for it being here.

  • The Tour. It's hard to see how they could generate more interest in the tour's first days.

  • British Cycling and British Cyclists. While those British riders racing did not get the wins we hoped for grass routes cycling got a huge boost this weekend.

One of the best weekends I have had for a long time.

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