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Aviva Tour of Britain

Aviva Tour of Britain

14 August 2015

It’s getting to that time of year where I start thinking about September and the Tour of Britain. As usual my Dad and I will be getting to every stage, we are starting to plan our routes and have already booked the hotels for every day.

The intention, as always, is to see every start and finish and with a bit of luck and great planning view the race at least one during the day. As you can see from the routes below, some days will be easier to achieve and some will make it easy to see the race twice.

More soon.

Corky

Aviva Tour of Britain Stage 1

Aviva Tour of Britain Stage 1

Aviva Tour of Britain Stage 2

Aviva Tour of Britain Stage 2

Aviva Tour of Britain Stage 3

Aviva Tour of Britain Stage 3

Aviva Tour of Britain Stage 4

Aviva Tour of Britain Stage 4

Aviva Tour of Britain Stage 5

Aviva Tour of Britain Stage 5

Aviva Tour of Britain Stage 6

Aviva Tour of Britain Stage 6

Aviva Tour of Britain Stage 7

Aviva Tour of Britain Stage 7

Aviva Tour of Britain Stage 8

Aviva Tour of Britain Stage 8

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Tour de Yorkshire

Tour de Yorkshire

Couple of video’s from Sundays stage of Tour de Yorkshire.

Raw footage, will try and clean it up.

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Harry – Cycling Superstar in the Making (Part 2)

Harry – Cycling Superstar in the Making (Part 2)

So Harry managed to finish his first race, he was 9th. He is desperate to race again, so I have entered him in the P&R race on 31 May, organised by VC Venta.

He was dropped after a few laps, but chased the rest of the race trying to get back on. He did manage to smile the whole way round!

Harry's First Race

Harry’s First Race

Harry's First Race - No 51

Harry’s First Race – No 51

Harry's First Race - Race Briefing

Harry’s First Race – Race Briefing

Harry's First Race - Long Solo Chase

Harry’s First Race – Long Solo Chase

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Harry – Cycling Superstar in the Making

This year has been great in the cycling world for Harry.  At Christmas we bought him a road bike, his first.  I was feeling sorry for him as he was regularly covering between 10 & 15 miles with me on his BMX!  Tough little guy.

Since then, he has really fallen in love with cycling and is only really happy when he has his bike.  Jo, his mum, is getting bombarded with cycling stuff from both of us now! His life revolves round cycling and YouTube clips on GCN

Harry - Trying a bike out for size

Harry – Trying a bike out for size

He is starting to rack up the miles and because he takes after me has been logging it all on Strava. We have created a “club” on Strava that shows all our rides. The data can be viewed here

In February we went to London to the velodrome for a round of the Revolution.

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Great nights racing and Harry’s favourite was the longest lap.

Harry is starting to look like a pro when he is on his bike, even wearing the shirt given to him by Tom Murray.

Harry looking pro

Harry looking pro

A couple of weekends ago we had the opportunity to go to a race in Colchester called Jock Wadley Road Race. We even stayed in a spare hotel room that was originally rented to Sports Grub Kuota. On the morning of the race Harry rode is bike whilst the riders were warming up, giving me several heart attacks! When the race started we rode the circuit in the opposite direction and stopped whenever the race headed towards us. Really good way to see the race with Harry and will do it again.

He made friends with Dave Povall, the DS of NTFO, and was given a water bottle, a most prized possession. Second only to the second NTFO bottle a rider gave him during the race!

Jock Radley Road Race

Jock Radley Road Race

I have just got my turbo trainer converted to allow Harry to use it, should keep him happy being able to ride whenever he likes. Hope it’s not to noisy during the night!

Harry on the turbo

Harry on the turbo

He next ambition is to start racing. I’m looking into finding a race for his ability and age group. Watch this space.

Corky

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November Update

November Update

So, whats been going on the my world?

Well, it’s been a while since I last posted anything. In fact it was before The Tour Of Britain. Needles to say we did get to every stage, one day stands out in particular. We saw the depart, caught the riders again a few miles down the road, saw them twice more on the route and then managed to get to the finish! Busy day and a clear case of more luck than judgement!

I did take a few photo’s and video’s and will be putting them on the blog soon. I know this is really late but I have been busy.

Andy, Dad & me

Andy Hawes – Route Director Tour of Britain

My year has been completely slammed as I have been gaining experience as a British Cycling Commissaire. At least once during the week and one day at the weekends have been spent either at the finish line recording bike race finishes or in the car driving behind the race looking after the rider safety and of course looking for riders breaking the rules.

I have been proud to wear the grey this year.

Commissaire Shirt

Commissaire Shirt

My son, Harry, has really got into cycling recently and last week we completed two rides, one on Saturday and the other Sunday. They were 9 and 12 miles long. This may not seem a big deal, but he is only 8 and was on a BMX. I have taken pity on him and am getting him a road bike for Christmas. Got to keep the family tradition alive, so obviously it’s from Stonehenge Cycles. Their website can be found here. Must admit I almost as excited as he is!

Stonehenge Cycles has been my bike shop of choice since my Dad got me my first road bike from them in 1975! Can’t believe how many years I have been a customer, getting old. I still use two of their bags that I used to use cycling to school, Harry has started to use the smaller one now, great value!

I have also book for us to go to the Revolution Track Cycling in February for his birthday at the Olympic Velodrome in London. Their website can be found here. Molly was feeling left out and I was going to buy her tickets as well, but I have just won two tickets for the next round in Manchester. This was a competition run through British Cycling with Evans Cycles. Both of their sites can be found here and here.

No doubt I will tweet from the velodrome on the 22nd, so follow me on twitter here for up to date information and photo’s.

The cycling road season is now closed and I will be training to be a Track Commissaire this month. I will post another update on the course and how I get on.

There is only one other event happening for me this month, 23rd November will see cycle cross bike racing at Thruxton, I am going along with the rest of the family. I will admit, I’m not going just for the racing I have been promised a fantastic BBQ! Clearly the organisers know my level!!

Thanks for reading
Corky

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Tour of Britain – 2014

Blog and photo’s from The Super Fans

The Tour website can be found here.

Tour of Britain

Tour of Britain

So, as it stands there are 19 days until the start of The Tour. We are just waiting on the race manual to be published and then Dad and me will spent a few hours planning our routes and programming it into the Sat Nav. Obviously we already have the hotels booked, did this the day after the official launch, so all that’s left is when our mid race viewing points will be.

As usual I will be using my website to post my views of the race (not full race reviews) and any photo’s we take along the way.

In my opinion it looks a cracking route with plenty of variety for everyone including the spectators.

The race runs from Sunday 7th September to Sunday the 14th.

STAGE 1
Liverpool

STAGE 2
Knowsley to Llandudno

STAGE 3
Newtown to The Tumble (Mountain top finish)

STAGE 4
Worcester to Bristol

STAGE 5
Exmouth to Exeter

STAGE 6
Bath to Hemel Hempstead

STAGE 7
Camberley to Brighton

STAGE 8a
Time Trial – London

STAGE 8b
Circuit race – London

As you can see they race isn’t heading further north than Liverpool and I for one am happy with this. Stage transfers are a lot shorter than previous years and the Bath to Hemel Hempstead route passes close to home. Sorry Jo, not close enough for a night at home!

You may have noticed that the dates have moved back to their original slot instead of a week later. This means that I will be celebrating my birthday on the tour. My youngest two children have only seen their Dad on this birthday once, last year. They don’t seem to be bothered as we always celebrate with birthday cake for breakfast on the day I leave! (It’s on the 10th if anyone is interested)

More soon
Corky

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July 2014 – Update

July 2014 – Update

Sorry guys, it’s been a while since I updated my blog. Been really busy lately and unfortunately something has to give.

So what have I been up too?

As you are no doubt aware this year’s Tour de France started in Yorkshire, and yes I did decide that I just couldn’t miss the opportunity to see it in person. My last visit to Le Tour was in 2007.
Now that I think back on it, was it worth a 500 mile round trip for 30 seconds of cycling? Of course it was, and you know I’ll do it again.

I did snap a couple of videos of the race and convoy which you can see below.






I only stayed for the first stage as I needed to get back to the south for a race on the Sunday which brings me nicely to another part of my life that has been distracting me from my blog.

I have recently passed my first assessment with British Cycling and have now become a Regional Circuit Commissaire. I’m still an Assistant Road Commissaire as I need another few road races under my belt first.

I have been a Commissaire at races since May, at least 2 a week and my knowledge and confidence has grown considerably. I love it!

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Interaction at the races with the riders, event staff, promoters and parents has lead me to the conclusion that I will no longer post information about being a Commissaire on my blog, Facebook and Twitter as I do not want to be put in a position of looking like I play favorites. I don’t, but I want to be seen to be fair to all.

Now that Le Tour has finished it is time for me to start thinking about The Tour Of Britain. The course looks great and I can’t wait. They will be publishing the full route information shortly and once this is available I will be planning routes and viewing points. Time to get the technology I want in the car sorted as well!

More information here and here.

On a different note, I have been thinking about getting another tattoo. I have two, one on the arm, Fido Dido riding a skateboard

Fido Dido

Fido Dido

and an English rose on my right leg. I want one on my left leg and have chosen the logo of The Tour Of Britain that they used for the first 10 years. It has been a massive part of my life for the past 10 years and I want to mark the achievement. (Hopefully my Mum and Dad aren’t reading this, passionate dislike for tattoos)

This is it….

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More soon

Corky

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Chapeau to Commissaires

Chapeau to Commissaires!

As you may know in January I passed the first part of the program to become a British Cycling Commissaire. (I’m an Road Assistant Commissaire)

So far I have driven in road races, been Comm 2 in road races and also officiated at circuit races.

I have loved every minute of it and think I’m doing OK, my log book backs me up on this.

However, last night I was given the opportunity to try my hand as a finish line judge. Basically I recorded the placing on every lap (2 races, 9 & 12 laps) by writing down the rider numbers in the order they crossed the line.

I was blown away how difficult this was, I only managed to get about half of the field in a race of 30 riders. The other race was only 19 riders and I managed that OK.

I’m told it’s just practice and that I did OK for a first try.

So my cunning plan, at Thursday Tour Series event in Canary Wharf I’m going to try and record some numbers before I do it again for real next week.

So, Chapeau to all Commissaires because it’s not as easy as it looks and races couldn’t run without you. I admit, I never appreciated you until I tried it.

Will let you know how I get on.

Andy

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The Tour – 2014

The Tour – 2014

This week saw the launch of this year’s Tour of Britain. In my opinion it looks a cracking route with plenty of variety for everyone including the spectators.

The race runs from Sunday 7th September to Sunday the 14th.

STAGE 1
Liverpool

STAGE 2
Knowsley to Llandudno

STAGE 3
Newtown to The Tumble (Mountain top finish)

STAGE 4
Worcester to Bristol

STAGE 5
Exmouth to Exeter

STAGE 6
Bath to Hemel Hempstead

STAGE 7
Camberley to Brighton

STAGE 8a
Time Trial – London

STAGE 8b
Circuit race – London

As you can see they race isn’t heading further north than Liverpool and I for one am happy with this. Stage transfers are a lot shorter than previous years and the Bristol to Hemel Hempstead route passes close to home. Sorry Jo, not close enough for a night at home!

It’s now time to start booking B&B’s and spend the coming months planning my route and finding the best spots to view on the route whilst still leaving enough time to get to the finish, always a challenge but we have been lucky over the years. I owe this to excellent driving (me) the race manual, which is absolutely brilliant and of course my two Sat Nav’s. One for the finish and one showing my route to the viewing point whilst avoiding the race route.

Keep an eye on my blog for further updates.

Corky

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British Cycling – Commissaire

British Cycling – Commissaire

On the 25th January I attended a course run by British Cycling to allow me to qualify as a Commissaire.

I also had to take 2 exams to pass the course.

I’m pleased to announce that I passed and am now a Road Assistant Commissaire.

The next stage of the process is to attend several races and get my log book filled in. I’m told the average is 6 events.

Whilst I am waiting to be allocated to events I have taken the opportunity to sign up for the Commissaire Conference at the beginning of March. Hopefully I will be able to make some useful contacts and soak up more information.

Will let you know how I get on.

Corky

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