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Tour of Britain 2010 – Stage 8

What a lovely day Saturday was in London for the Prostate Cancer charity ride and the Tour of Britain finale.

Our preparations started Friday – an early departure from Norwich in the team bus followed by beer and curry at the excellent Bengal Village (highly recommended – the owner also runs the Roti here in Norwich) followed by a few more beers at the flat.

Saturday brought a nice fried breakfast and my first taste of “facon” (veggie bacon) – great start! Andy Hayes, who drove up to the Excel Saturday morning, cycled over to meet us and then we headed out to the ToB start.

We rode past the team buses and mechanics who mere busy making last minute preparations for their riders. We got to the registration point pretty early so had time for a drink before making our way to the start point where we joined at pretty much the very back.

The ride got underway and we slowly made our way onto the course and past most of the other riders to a point where the road was fairly open. I don’t think the route was as good as last year, certainly in terms of landmarks etc, but this years was not so flat with a climb over the Lower Lea Crossing. A good part of this route was the same as the London Tri so Andy and I were fairly familiar with it.

Overall the course was okay and we could see that there would likely be a group finish at the end. Here’s the route that we took based around the Excel and surrounding area.

Prostate Ride 2010 Main Route

Prostate Ride 2010 Main Route

The pros took a slightly longer route and we rode the extended leg leading to the start/finish straight right after the Tour had finished while it was still shut.

ToB Route Extension

Route Extension

The pros took eight laps around the course and we saw Matt Barmmeier (AN Post Sean Kelly) attack from the start and stay out for a few laps. No surprise to see him awarded the combativie rider title for the final stage.

The pace was pretty high, I think the majority of the laps were averaged at around 26 or 28 mph with tspeed increasing toward the end. Where we wer standing, just past the finish line, was a great position to get a feel for the riders speed as they blasted past literally a couple of feet from the barrier – you could feel the air whipping past.

Sky were doing their best to get Henderson to the front and they were mainly responsible for pulling the peleton along and making the catch on Brammeier. They got Henderson to the front where he managed to pick up two sprint victories which was enough to lift him above Richie Porte of Saxo Bank and into the points jersey.

Andre Greipel of HTC Columbia came through a whole group of riders at the end to take his third stage victory of the tour (Blackpool and Great Yarmouth), Lucas Haedo of Saxo Bank came in second and Roger Hammond of Cervelo got third on home turf.

Overall, it was a pretty exciting race with the break away, the competition for the points jersey and the hope for a British rider to finish well. Not bad at all, I prefer the central London route but ti was still a good day and a good race.

Will link to some photos when I’ve uploaded some.

  1. Patsy
    September 25, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Glad you all enjoyed the experience of riding in London, once again. I enjoy reading your reports.
    keep up the good work and the training !!

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