I should be writing updates of us all racing, Ian, Piers and myself have all been getting cross lately, but this was something else. Our racing news will have to wait
The giddyness started on Friday night, His holiness Sven himself was in town along with Katie Compton, performing for the fans at the Trek Store in Milton Keynes and I hugged them both in the hope of absorbing some greatness.
Brilliant thing number one.
Saturday morning I was up at an ungodly hour to be on site before 8. Working you see.
I say working, but it was hanging around talking bikes and cyclocross while sticking Trek flags to anyone who moved. I even made a group of real Belgians buy Trek merchandise.
My wonderful employers worked out shifts so everyone got to see at least one race, so I ran to the start line and stood there metres away from Cant,Wyman, Harris and Compton.
On my right shoulder as I turned round was Keith Bontrager. I had a quick chat but he had to go, he had jackets and leg warmers to catch as riders threw extra clothing to their swannys.
I won't go on about the race, I'm sure most people have seen it, but it excelled all expectations. So much noise, such an atmosphere and a close race from start to finish.
The men's race was no different. other than the crowds were going even crazier and making even more noise. I then spent the next hour +1 running back and forth to catch the likes of Sven, Kevin, Tom, Klaas and Ian field as they tore round each lap.
The pro's ride unbelievably fast.
I don't know what else to say, It still feels like a little bit of a dream. The whole weekend was not like any other.
So here's some pictures.
|The #Awesome Durrins and me|
|Sven and me|