The Ovo Energy Tour of Britain concluded on Sunday in London with a 77km set of laps around central London. Having watched this year’s Tour de France, and seen most of this week’s Tour of Britain stages, I was thrilled to get a chance to see some of the world’s best riders up close. And with the London stage being a repetitive series of laps, there were plenty of opportunities to see the riders from lots of different angles and vantage points.
There was a decent crowd – though some parts were empty of spectators – and there was a really nice atmosphere. On the comfortable side of buzzing. The best location was nearly the start/finish line – on an island within a loop which gave two passes within a minute or so of each other.
This was the first time I’d seen any sort of professional bike race up close, let alone one featuring the likes of Chris Froome, Andre Greipel, Geraint Thomas, Julian Alaphilippe, and countless others. And the sound of the peloton whizzing past will stay with me for some time.
Perhaps next year a camping/cycling holiday to catch some Tour de France stages…?