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.
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.
The elite of world cycling prematurely aged.
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!