I’m very excited.
There’s not a lot of times in my life where I have said that and genuinely meant it. I’ve been watching the Tour of Britain this week and I have genuinely enjoyed it. Particular highlights for me have been the Challacombe Hill climb, the scenery through Cheddar Gorge (a place I want to ride) and today’s finish on the Whinlatter Pass. Being the son of a Cumbrian and having spent many a summer in that part of the world I would’ve liked to have seen the pro riders tested on the likes of Hardknott, Wrynose and The Struggle (remember Wiggo running up there in the 2016 edition? See below)
Tomorrow, while the pro peloton is enjoying a slightly easier day from West Bridgford to Mansfield, I will be heading into London to play my small part in this year’s edition of the Tour of Britain. Through work I am very fortunate to have been invited to be a guest of Team Katusha Alpecin for the weekend, culminating in a VIP viewing spot for the final stage on Sunday and an opportunity to meet the team afterwards. First though is the real fun part for me, we are going to be put in pro kit and on pro bikes for a ride out through the Surrey countryside tomorrow. The chance to ride a top spec bike is mouth watering, although I’m slightly nervous about revisiting the scene of my Richmond Park Ride London fall on a more expensive bike that isn’t mine!
There will be photos, lots of photos!