CLASSICS ON OUR DOORSTEP

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Around the World, people are racing bikes. You can watch them all for free. The whoosh of carbon and titanium, the faces of pain, the stories of elation and misery, the selfless helpers, all in microcosm.

A Member of Break Looks Back Down Hill For Peloton

Around the World, people are racing bikes. You can watch them all for free. The whoosh of carbon and titanium, the faces of pain, the stories of elation and misery, the selfless helpers, all in microcosm.

Getting to them in the UK is pretty easy, as we’re such a small country with a fairly vibrant (but still nothing like Continental Europe) scene. Finding them is hard unless you’re in a cycling club and can ask around, but the British Cycling site is handy for that.

On Sunday I was involved my club’s road races, put on the Dunsfold Circuit, south of Guildford. It’s a great circuit, bar the potholes; undulating, quiet and pretty, with a short steep climb onto the 200m sprint to the line, which really sorts things out.

I drove the lead car in the morning, which is a great way to see a race unfold and you forget your helping out, it’s such good fun. Flashy light and radios? Get in! But it doesn’t leave much chance for photos, as evidenced by the huge difference between my photographic output in the morning versus the afternoon.

After watching a superb solo break win from duo/tri-athlete Paul Hone from friendly club Addiscombe CC, with my lot, Kingston Wheelers claiming 2nd, 3rd and 4th, I decided to saunter round in the afternoon and watch the 70 mile race in the sun.

Jamie Wasley & Dave Ladkin Sprint in Kingston Wheeler's Road Race, Dunsfold
Kingston Wheelers Wasley & Ladkin Sprint For Third. *CLICK FOR IMAGES*

Riding counter to their direction meant they were coming at me every 10-12 minutes, it meant I got the warning off the lead car to set up my camera and time to hop off the bike and get out the way (correct road race watching etiquette). Its great fun.

Oliver Newlan wins
Oliver Newlan won, storming up the pre-sprint climb first and holding off the other 6 riders from his break. *CLICK FOR IMAGES*

Oliver Newlan of Twickenham CC shadowed by Andy Edwards
Winner Oliver Newlan Mid-race, Shadowed by Star Wheeler Andy Edwards *CLICK FOR IMAGES*

There’s great racing and camaraderie on your doorstep. See it for real. Ride there! Or help marshall races. They wouldn’t survive without you.
…And Team Sky need a feeder system!!

If you’d like any images, just email me and I’ll send through high-resolution files. Free of course.

2 thoughts on “CLASSICS ON OUR DOORSTEP”

  1. blame the media in this country!

    In the papers, on TV, on the radio it’s blanket football, football, football! Other sports haven’t got a chance.

    If the local papers covered local racing, perhaps even having clips on the local news reports on TV, then cycling wouldn’t be this secret sport that only gets heard about when someone gets caught doping.

    Oh how I wish it was like the continent where the whole event is celebrated and hosted by the local villages and made into an event that everyone can share in. Those days are a long way off, If not pretty unlikely in the UK.

  2. Nice. I’d like a picture of me winning. Not sure if this can be achieved without substantially more training. Or… how about: fakecyclingvictories.com. where mediocre riders pay to have photos taken that look like they’ve won something.

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