Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix 2014
Last weekend I had a day in London between destinations. Pity. It was an opportunity to aquaint myself with one of the world’s great cities. By late afternoon my feet ached – I had walked for hours and decided to try a Boris Bike. Well, I couldn’t get the kiosk to work, nor could the crowd around me, so at least I didn’t feel like a total idiot.
So I kept walking. And walked right into a British women’s cycling race circling around The Mall. That explained the helicopter overhead. With only six laps left I found a spot at the barriers 150 meters from the finish line. Two commentators kept up a running banter, large LED screens gave a televised view of the race, and loud music pumped out the requisite techno beats of crowd-swelling music.
A young 19 year old rider led most of the laps, but in the final sprint to the finish the world champion made her move. A Wiggle noise maker had dropped onto the track during the final lap – the wind blew it randomly across the pavement right in the final line of attack. A spectator managed to get it out of harm’s way before the riders rounded the final corner.
Here are a few phone-based photos, taken mostly at random as the peleton flashed past. Lots of blur and no composition. As a random event it was fun, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to see it again. Television coverage is much better than the live event.