For years I have had a plan to cycle from my current home of Southsea, on the South coast of England, back to my childhood home in Pampisford, Cambridgeshire. Up until recently this would have been a multi day trip and I have not had any real reason to do it. That was until I found out the Tour de France was going to be going past the end of my old road!!!
There was noting we could do apart from continue and hope the whole thing didn’t fall apart over the next 50 miles. It ended up holding on for the next 50 miles before finally giving up the ghost upon arrival. Never has the phrase ‘Steel is real’ been more true as my older steel version of the rack is as good as the day I first received it!
The last few miles were through huge open fields and as the sun set on our 13 hour day we decided to take a break and re hydrate at the Robin Hood & Little John, Codicote.
As we continued we had a huge bird of prey fly just over our heads, a bat fly along side us and chased a rabbit over the Essex boarder.
With our energy levels dropping we pulled on the short section of Tour de France route leading us into Pampisford and the promise of a hot meal and cold beer 🙂
Sunday saw us head into Cambridge itself to see what fun we could have. On parker’s piece we charged Ben’s phone by riding a bike, raced each other on the Rollapaluza (Ben beat me and took 3rd spot overall, where as I could only manage 15th – although I was in flip-flops).
Chatted to some roper gents about their very impressive vintage bike collections, had a go on a tandem recumbent and then tried to watch stage 2 in the local Wetherspoons only to have to leave when someone thought the women’s, doubles, disabled, tennis was more interesting!
We did see a man playing guitar in a bin, though so every cloud and all that!
There was a huge convoy of cars before the breakaway zoomed past, followed a few minuets later by the peloton itself.
It was amazing to see, but as with all major sporting events its not something I would rush to go and see again. After all, I prefer to be riding my bike then watching others ride theirs 😉