The Tour of Britain 2013 Stage 4 - Stoke to Llanberis
Instead of starting in Stoke with the riders I decided to go straight to the feed station which was in a layby in Mold. 30 minutes before we arrived I spotted the Movi star soigneurs. They drove like loons but I managed to stay with them until they stopped at a Liddle they must have been stocking up for the feed station. I left them at Liddle and made my way to the layby. There was a butty van and about ten other cars none of which were team cars but all signs literally said feed zone so not to worry. By the time the motorbike came through it looked like a car park. There were fans, cars, bikes and trucks it was very colourful.
The race up until now, I was informed by Joolze was pretty drab and non descriptive but I knew what was to come which was far from drab there is a reason why they call this part of the world Gods country. While I waited for the race to arrive I chatted to soigneurs from Rapha Condor JLT, Garmin Sharp, Movi Star who incidentally gave me a hot bidon full of lemon tea gracias amigos and MTN Qhubeka. Some very lovely down to earth chaps.
All along my Son Ewan and Wife Lindsay were watching from the other side of the road, they had come along to join me and to watch the race.
The riders rolled by and grabbed what hey could, I got a a few good photographs and jumped back in the car. Initially we set of in the wrong direction (never trust a sat nav).
We were back on rout for about 45 minutes when the motorway ended and we were in the country side driving towards Capel Curig. This race was not boring any more, what a beautiful place I think I’d like to live here. The weather was good now with kids lining the streets through the tiny villages. Not knowing how far down the road the king of the mountains would be we decided to stop at a gap in the forest at the side of the road.
I pulled over and as we stopped this man in full wading outfit steps out of the bushes and asked whats going on, why are you here and whats all the fuss about in a soft Welsh accent. Its a good thing we stopped when we did as this chap hadn’t a clue The Tour of Britain was passing through, he would’ve joined the convoy in his little white van and had the fright of his life.
I was advise by a local photographer that if I took a left here and a right there I would find small road over the top of the mountain and down the other side missing out all the traffic and it would be a short cut too to the King of the Mountain finish line. Have you ever seen Rat Race with Kathy Bates hmm! frightening never take advice from locals deep in the forest far from anywhere they probably want to eat you.
We missed the finish but I managed to get into the press conference. For my final stage of The Tour of Britain it was the best way I could have ended my trip. Sat with William Fotheringham, Bradly Wiggins and Mark Cavendish and a hand full of journalists and photographers.