Well that wasn’t what we expected – World Cycling Championships hopes dampened

To wrap up my blog posts about my short trip to the UK to watch the World Road Cycling Championships I can report that this was not how we imagined it.

Most days would have been like Saturday – sunny skies, colourful scenes and spectacular racing.

Cycle touring to and from the venues would be a late autumn delight.

The Elite Men’s Road race would come down to a head to head between the stars – Peter Sagan, Julien Alaphilippe, Mathieu van der Poel, Philippe Gilbert.

And……

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Flood warnings throughout the region, with the authorities already out to monitor safety levels as I cycled through Knaresborough and the minor lanes awash with runoff.

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The elite of world cycling prematurely aged.

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And the race won by “none of the above” – unexpected young Danish rider Mads Pedersen, Good on him – anyone winning in that weather must have special qualities.

Not many photos? I spent most of the day in a hotel bar watching the big screen, trying to stay dry, warm and well fed. Reduced to steamed up lenses and selfies on the sofa – that’s about it folks. Over the whole event we had a really good time, just not completely the way we envisaged our final day!

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1 thought on “Well that wasn’t what we expected – World Cycling Championships hopes dampened

  1. Well, it was weather that the Vikings love, and Denmark won its first gold medal ever. We dames are cheering over Mads Pedersens resultat 💦🚴‍♂️

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