This lady has already completed a river swim and she is about a mile into the cycle stage – I suspect it can feel quite intimidating to have a tractor like this behind you. I doff my hat to her (and fellow competitors).
Amber Joseph of Voxwomen.
Another for the Revolution UK Championships at Manchester Velodrome.
At the recent Tour de France event in Yorkshire, people were waiting for significant periods of time for the cyclists to flash past. This friendly motorbike policeman added a little excitement as he ‘high-fived’ youngsters when he drove down the road. A fair number of older ladies thought they’d get in on the act too!
In recognition of the Tour de France, I thought I’d post my one and only effort at covering a bike race. A few years back the Tour of Britain route brought it through my town – and as I was at home for the week – I decided I would cover it. With all these big events, they were able to give a guesstimate on the actual time it would hit the town, so I packed my gear and went up to a spot which I knew was near the rise of a small incline (the hope was it would slow them down a bit).
I arrived 30 minutes before the time and picked my spot and waited… and waited. Then a cyclist came into view wearing all the gear – I thought it was a bit strange as I’d presumed they’d have an advanced guard of police to make sure the road was clear.
As it turned out this was an elderly gentleman out for a day’s cycling. And as it further turned out, I was a day early! (doh!)
Of course, the positive side was I knew exactly where I was going to stand and had a rough idea how fast these guys were going to come through.
I was up at my spot the next day and there were one or two other people waiting too – (sigh of relief!). Here is a selection of the pictures I managed to take.
In the Peloton 1
Okay, I underestimated the speed these guys go. The whole thing lasted no more than 5 minutes between the motorbikes going through and the cars disappearing down the road (my elderly cyclist friend was no real indicator! – but then you didn’t expect he would be!)
My favourite shot is actually the last one – as it seems to sum it all up somehow.