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" Loweswater's Tour of Britain "
Date & start time: Friday 7th Sept, 2018. 11 am start from Barrow.
Our Location : By the red phone box, Loweswater, Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 143 211 )
Places visited : We moved between the television and the road outside.
Ride details : Stage 6 - Barrow, Whinlatter, Loweswater, Workington, Whinlatter to finish.
Time taken : 104 miles - 168 km. 4 hours 1 minute 51 seconds.
Viewed with : Ann and our dog Dylan, and here, ten locals and visitors.
Weather : Overcast with sunny intervals.
A big thank you for the ITV4 live coverage of the event
Stages 5 and 6 of the OVO Tour of Britain Cycle Race are based in Cumbria this year
with a short but fast time trial from Cockermouth to Whinlatter yesterday
and a big ride from Barrow in Furness up through the Lakes today . . . passing our cottage here in Loweswater !!
It is a lovely morning today . . . just right for a bike ride . . . not that I've been on mine for years !
We are due an influx of visitors today as The Tour is due to pass the cottage around lunchtime.
Signs were being put up (and taken down because they were in the wrong place), excitement was building
and two people are standing at the junction to bag their place at this strategic viewing point.
From the Tour of Britain Web Site we gathered ITV4 were doing live coverage so we had the television on
to see how they were going and how soon they would be with us . . . they've just started down by the coast at Barrow.
The leading group of four passing Thirlmere with over a third of the course completed.
The largest group of riders, the Peleton, are 3 minutes behind.
The start of the Whinlatter "King of the Mountain" climb, the third of five big hill climbs the riders will do today.
[ Those road barriers have been there nearly three years (since the 2015 floods) but will go soon
as there is a twelve-week road works plan about to start, to re-build the bridge and reinforce the river bank here ]
Up Whinlatter for the first time today . . . they are less than twenty minutes away from us.
Putting Lorton on the map . . . and on the television . . . as the bikes take a sharp left at the bottom of the village.
Not long now . . .
That house looks familiar . . . Scale Hill at the top of the short rise up from the Lorton valley.
It is the start of a more undulating section of the ride.
Local supporters, Michael and Sheila, are enjoying the spectacle.
The crowds are out at the triangle . . . numbers swollen from two to ten, eleven including myself.
They include locals Andrew Locking and Gill, plus visitors and friends Pat (in pink) and Alan Powell.
Thirteen if you count the other two . . . can't be long now.
The police motorcyclists head up the cycle riders in order to close the road to traffic.
The first riders are in sight !
They pass Ann . . . close by the roadside.
The leading four round the bend by our group of spectators.
James Shaw, Vasil Kiryienka, Tony Martin, and Connor Swift.
Applause from those not holding cameras . . . shouts from the rest of us.
A mid-race break away rider, Matt Holmes, a minute behind the leaders
has his own ITV camera crew in attendance.
Our daughter sent us this view of the race as it passes our cottage . . . we of course are outside in the picture.
The main group of bikes, riding fast but biding their time, hoping the leaders get tired before the end.
The yellow riders are from Team LottoNL – Jumbo
Blue . . . the colourful Movistar Team.
Light blue and burgundy . . . Team Katusha Alpecin
. . . followed by a whole host of others.
The main Peleton leaders pass me . . .
They are moving fast . . . keeping up the momentum
before the next short up-hill rise up past Rose Cottage and the Vicarage.
Team Sky . . . including Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas, both Tour de France winners in recent years.
The Katusha team in our lens(es) this time.
There are over 100 cyclists in the main group . . . an impressive sight as they ride past.
The tail markers are now passing Ann and Dylan.
. . . followed by the ITV camera crew that has been busy giving the live TV broadcast.
It doesn't end with the last bike . . . as all the support cars are following the riders.
The bikes slow as they climb up the hill . . . and behind them the cars line up waiting for the speed to build again.
Chance to take in the names . . . and the advertising of course.
There are medics on hand . . . but hopefully their ride will be an uneventful one.
Extra support for the event in case of multiple incidents.
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One more police vehicle to end the procession and the road is re-opened.
In the time you have taken to view the photographs . . . it was all over.
We head inside once more to view the television coverage.
The leaders pass Thrushbank then ride on alongside Loweswater.
Fangs Brow junction near the top of the fourth big hill climb of the day.
[ The new tarmac looks nice ! ]
The route now circles back to Cockermouth,
scene of the start of yesterday's sprint race via Lorton to Whinlatter.
Up the rise passing that rather nice Quince and Medlar Vegetarian Restaurant.
The race is on . . . the green jersey the OVO Energy race leader of last night . . . Roglic Primoz.
The Peleton group have caught up with the front riders and it's anyone's race from here . . .
The final rise at the top of Whinlatter Pass . . . Wout Poles powers through into the lead.
The turn into the Whinlatter Centre . . . hardly recognisable with all the banners and hoardings.
A Stage Win for Wout Poles after a valiant effort on the hill climb from Julian Alaphillipe in blue.
All is not lost though as this ride gives Alaphillipe the green jersey as overall race leader at the end of today's stage.
Check out their website for the final results from this flamboyant week of racing.
I don't normally follow cycling . . . but you've got to admit the excitement is infectious !
Hope you had an interesting day.
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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Panasonic Lumix TZ60, or my Panasonic Lumix Gx8 Camera.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . The ability to receive ITV4 on the television.
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