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Yesterday morning I went along to Stoke for stage 3 of the 2011 Tour of Britain and this is a small selection of the snaps I took whilst there.
It was a great day and the atmosphere was awesome. I must also say that the team village at the depart was in a fantastic location compared to last year. This year it was situated in the beautifully green and picturesque Trentham gardens so big shouts to the organizers for picking out such a great spot for the teams and spectators alike.
More photos to come…
Go, go, go, go
Go, go, go shorty
It’s the Olympics
We gon’ party like it’s the Olympics
We gon’ sip Bacardi like it’s the Olympics…..
There they were, blasting along gravel roads, the odd bit of pavé and what were meant to be ‘mud tracks’ and not a grimace in sight, not even the hint of one. To be honest hell looked pretty good to me. Even a fellow who had encountered 4 punctures in his first 50km was as chipper as Gene Kelly underneath an umbrella. Hellish? Hmm, *looks left to right* not round here.
Hold tight for a full report and a stash of photographs over at Rapha later this the week.
Big thanks go out to Joe and Kieran.
the footage is great but they’d be nothing without the MUSIC… I’m tapping my foot as I type!
I cannot stress enough how good this film is!
Twenty-five minutes of great, well shot british cycling footage. The soundtrack is awful but I suppose it makes a nice change from dubstep or eurotrance. The narration is pretty good too.
Think of Reynolds and most will instantly think of 531, the tube of choice for racing bikes over countless years and not to mention the numerous tour wins that were gained aboard this cro-moly steel pipe. Since 1958 up until the modern day, the Reynolds butted tubeset has dominated the roads, Anquetil, Merckx, and Hinault all used Reynolds exclusively in their Tour victories. Now there’s an accolade.
I was recently lucky enough to be offered a bit of time to walk around the Reynolds factory and to have a quick chat with the MD about all things Reynolds and what came clear at my 45 minute mini tour was that Reynolds are still as passionate about the metal tube as they have always been. I may sound surprised at this but I really was, I honestly thought I’d be greeted by super high tech billion pound machines churning out carbon for motorbikes but what I actually saw looked like it hadn’t changed since Reynolds began in 1898. (more…)
Photographs taken on 12th September during stage 2 of the 2010 Tour of Britain. It was a great day and lovely to see so many people turn out on top of Gunhill! It felt like the Tour de France, with pies.
Want to see more photographs of pro race bikes, racing and whatnot? Go here to my flickrspot and peep.
Stage one of The Tour of Britain 2009, which will set off from Rochdale on Saturday 11th September, will finish in the spectacular seaside resort of Blackpool.
The Tour of Britain then heads south, with Stage Two starting and finishing in Stoke-on-Trent via a hard day’s racing through the scenic north Staffordshire countryside, including the infamous Gun Hill.
Stage Three visits Wales for the first time since 2004 and, after a tough stage the peloton will head up Constitution Hill before the finish in Swansea. From here the race moves onto the South West for stages Four and Five, scene of some of the race’s biggest crowds in 2008 and 2009.
From there the race moves onto to the east of England, visiting Norfolk for the very first time for Stage Six. This also happens to be the longest stage of this year’s race, taking in 189 kilometres across the county. The penultimate day of the race sees the peloton race from Suffolk’s Bury St Edmunds to Essex’s Colchester on a stage that could decide the winner of this year’s race.
The final day of racing will see the riders take on a brand new race circuit in the London borough of Newham, host borough for the London Olympic and Para-Olympic Games 2012, where the winner of the 2010 Tour of Britain will be crowned.
I’ll be there in stoke this weekend cheering and jeering. Let’s hope the weather holds out for it.
I had never heard of Langdale until my pal Jon told me about them, and after a quick peruse around the ‘history’ section of their website I can safely say that the name will now stay logged in the hard drive, aka my memory banks.
Some more great pics to be found here.
Photographs from persistent medalist, Paul Curran’s race chronology site.
Yesterday afternoon I took my good friend Jon to see Lee Cooper of Coventry, for those that do not know Lee is a top frame builder and is also the man responsible for building most if not all of the frames for London’s 14 Bike Co.
The reason we travelled to see Lee had less to do with frame building though and more about frame restoration. Simply put we needed a set of replacement decals for Jon’s recently acquired 1974 Tom Bromwich track bike and Lee was the man to see.
So we hung around for a while, I managed to grab a handful of photographs and Jon gripped his decals. Mission accomplished.
Thanks Lee for taking the time out to talk with us and show us around your place.