It was great
Friday - well you know where I was - my photos are here http://www.londoncyclesport.com/news/ar ... 30/v/1/sp/
Thanks again for the opportunity Wu, the best bit was being backstage while all the teams were passing by and waiting for their presentation (I hardly knew any of them though - well apart from Cadel Evans
Saturday - did a short version of my club's usual road route, then rode to London and left my and a mate's bike at work in Victoria then walked along the course to Westminster, while the first riders were shooting past. What really gave you an idea of the speed they were doing was the speed the team cars were taking those corners!
Had to queue to go over the bridge installed over Whitehall, then made it to the RICS bar where someone had arranged for my club to be allowed in for beers (mmm Belgian), screens with the race on, and sunshine on the roof terrasse. We ventured out to Green Park then back for last orders (bar closed at 5). Ended up outside a pub on Whitehall with friends, one suggested I could ride the course as he'd done it previously in France, I only went as far as Big Ben as they'd actually opened the roads again and there wasn't much point. Rode back home.
Sunday, we rode to a pub in the middle of nowhere (Brentley actually) that was prepared for the event - see photos below. We saw the crazy caravan chucking out washing powder samples to our faces, then the escape group fly past with almost 6" gap on the peloton. I didn't have any beer as I knew the ride back would be hard and fast. Bloody hell it was. Probably two of the strongest riders in my club (one wasn't content with doing 35 mph on a dual carriageway so he started chasing cars ...), another 3 very strong and me rode back 40 miles at full blast and I bonked badly on one of the last climb. Great day out though