Well, today was the 1 day in the year that I feel I have given something back to the grass roots cycle racing in the UK. Why, well I was actually 1 of the many marshals that allow all racing in this country take place. For me, the race was the Tour of the Milbury's, organised, very well, by Team Axiom from Portsmouth. I have to honestly admit, standing out in the middle of a road that is unrestricted speed limit, ie 60 mph, in a flourescent jacket and a red flag is a little intimidating, especially when drivers in trucks come right up to you before they stop. However today, for me at least, they all did stop, and only a few looked unhappy (but they were driving mercs and beemers so I had little sympathy :) )
The one thing I can honestly say is that the vast majority of riders, when they had time and weren't chewing handlebar tape, said 'thank you' to the marshals. Whilst its not surprising you all appreciate what these guys do, week in, week out, it is fulfilling when its acknowledged. Thank You.
Congratulations to Rob Yeatman (Dream) who won the TT stage, and to Rob Sharland (Kingston Whls)who won the Road Race stage and overall. And congratulations to all in Team Axiom. Cant wait for next year.
Photos from the TT will be up within the next 24 hours.