Tour of Britain 2016. Another super event and proving to be very popular with many of the pro-peloton riding, there are plenty of chances to get a glimpse of some spectacular racing and a moustache reminiscent of the one Goose had in Top Gun. The race in it’s current format has been running since 2008, as an eight stage race. Since 2008 we have had two British winners, Bradley Wiggins in 2013 and this year Steve Cummings. We managed to get in on the action for the last two stages as the battle really heated up for the general classification.
An unusual stage in that it’s was a two part affair, something we don’t see often. The first part was an individual time trial (ITT), followed by a stage race in the afternoon. It’s always lovely to see such high calibre racing in the South West and being based in Bristol we were pretty happy to have a double stage day on our doorstep with an excellent route taking in the Clifton suspesion bridge, Hotwells and Durdham Downs. The day got off to a wet start and it’s remarkable to watch the pros race at such high speeds on a wet course. Stage 7a was won by the always impressive Tony Martin.
You can only wonder how tired the riders felt after the morning time trial – and who had saved themselves for the latter event and who hadn’t. Following the course set in the morning ITT the stage race would cover this 15 kilometre course, six times in total, taking in the 9%, 600-metre climb of Bridge Valley Road each time. Really fantastic for the spectators and plenty of chances for us to capture the action. The stage was eventually won by Rohan Dennis who was hoping to close the margin on Steve Cummings. It wasn’t to be though.
Using the same circuit as last year, the Tour of Britain concluded in the capital city, London. Starting and Finishing from Regent Street St James, just below Piccadilly Circus. A 16 lap circuit giving a 100 kilometre stage distance, to bring it all to an end. The stage win went to Caleb Ewan but, the victory was sweet for Britain and what could be one of the best years for our cyclists ever. Hopefully it’s just a taste of things to come next year!