Cycling was on the agenda again for me today, as I decided to go to Dartmoor national park to see the seventh stage of the tour of Britain pass through en route to Dartmouth in south Devon. As expected, after the highs of the Tour De France back in July, the Olympics and Paralympics, the route for the stage would be packed full of people cheering the riders on. I managed to get a spot at the finish line of the 3rd King of the Mountain climb for the stage, where riders would start to get back up to speed.
I managed to capture Mark Cavendish as he rode through this part of the stage, slightly behind the Peloton, but not right at the back. You could see people who hadn’t seen cycling before, were standing amazed at the speeds the cyclists reach on the roads after only having tv as a previous reference before.
A lot of these riders (after tomorrow’s final stage) will have a couple of days rest before getting prepared for the world championships next weekend, where Cavendish will be hoping he can retain the rainbow jersey with help from Wiggins, Froome & Co.