While Chris Froome and Team Sky were larging it in Corsica last weekend I was on the outskirts of London having le mini Tour moment of my own.Roger Shelton of Lokomotive had asked me to join one of his clients WNT, at the start of their London to Paris, 2-wheel, team challenge. Unlike the Tour de France this bike ride was off-road (how that works on the ferry I have no idea) on mountain bikes and in a very good cause – the British Heart Foundation.
So it was that I came to be reccying a Kempton Park location in the early hours of Saturday morning, waiting for WNT staff to arrive from literally all over Europe. Apparently once word on the ride got around everyone wanted in on the action and in the end we had 41 riders assembling on the start line looking suitably fit and sporty. Sadly there was only one woman but she looked like she could hold her own in the peloton. [Yes I know they don’t have those in off-roading but I’m angling for a job on the actual Tour when it comes to Yorkshire next year so just work with me OK?!]
For my part I ran around getting as many contextual shots as possible in the flurry of maps, water bottles and MTBs and then we went for the big one, all 41 riders ready to go. Have I managed to get everyone facing forward, eyes wide open looking suitably enthusiastic?
Against the odds I think I have. Did they look equally enthusiastic at the end? I have no idea – sadly they didn’t fly me out to Paris for the final leg. However, as far as I know they did all make it in one piece (discounting the odd puncture here and there) and made a goodly sum of money in the process. Thanks to Roger for a great gig. On yer bike now…