It doesn’t seem like a year since the last Tour of Britain – but of course it is!
Last time the race came right through the middle of the village of Wonersh where I live – this time the route was slightly different, so I jumped on the mountain bike and cycled a couple of miles to Peasmarsh, to watch the cyclists as they came past the 4km-to-go marker on their way to the finish of the penultimate stage of this year’s race in Guildford High Street.
By the time the racers got to the last 4km the usual breakaway group had been caught and the whole peloton were back together again, gearing up for the final game of cat-and-mouse on the way into Guildford to see who would snatch the stage win (which it turned out was Mark Cavendish of the Omega Pharma QuickStep team, British National Road Race Champion aka the “Manx Missile”).
When the racers are all bunched together as they were today, and moving pretty quickly on a flat section of road, you don’t really have an opportunity to carefully frame pictures of individual riders, so I basically just put the camera on high-speed motor drive and blasted away as the peloton came streaming by!
I’ve labelled the shots with a few of the big names that I was able to recognize, including Sir Bradley Wiggins, Olympic Road Race Champion and the first Briton to win the Tour de France…