Monday, September 13, 2010

Tour of Britain

Today was Stage 3 of the Tour of Britain 2010. Beginning in mid-Wales it ended about 150 km later in Swansea with a gentle climb up Constitution Hill, one of the steepest residential roads in Britain, according to the official tour website.The hill from the main road.
Complete with cobbled stones.

Looking down from our viewpoint about one third of the way up.

On Wednesday we're going to Devon to see GrandDaughter and the cyclists will be going through their village so we'll see them again. Son-in-law is a keen cyclist - you may recall that a couple of years ago he competed in the amateur stage of the Tour de France - but he's unable to get time off work to cheer on the cyclists so we're doing it for him.

In the video below, at about a minute and a half, there's a cyclist in green and you can feel his pain!


Leslie: said...

That was EXCITING, Liz! We have the Tour de Delta here every July and it's always a big event. There's a huge hill in the town just south of Ladner where there are the same struggles to get up. Thanks for sharing this. :)

CherryPie said...

That is a very steep hill for cycling!

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Learn something new everyday ..... Never knew we had this cycle race, only learnt on the off chance of flicking channels .. don't hear about it on the news or in the papers .. well I haven't anyway.

katney said...

oooh! bicycling on cobblestones? yikes!

Liz said...

I didn't envy them, leslie.

It is, cherrypie.

there's not a lot of publicity, anne, but it is a comparatively new event that is gaining in popularity.

The fastest cyclists were standing as they pedalled, katney, but the slower, very weary ones were sitting. As you say, ouch.