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Ride London 2016 Goes to Tom Boonen

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The worst thing about going to the Tour?

Coming back.

‘Cold turkey’ is tough – Dave and I used to go to a kermis on the Monday after the Tour finished to ease our ‘crash.’

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Chris Froome. Photo©Ed Hood
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Peter Sagan. Photo©Ed Hood

And last year Callum and I went to the post Tour crit in Aalst.

Not this year however because we flew home from Geneva.

But our man Callum found another solution; he got himself down to the ‘Ride London’ race; whilst we had to watch it on TV – with no coverage of the crucial last few K.

But Callum let us have some pictures – we hope you like them.

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Photo©Callum MacGregor

It’s a whole weekend of cycle sport with the ladies racing on the Saturday then sportivs on the Sunday before the pros take the stage.

Distances were 46 and 100 miles, as I recall.

Ride London 2016
Photo©Callum MacGregor

It’s ‘all in a good cause’ with many riders getting themselves sponsored for charity to do the ride.

Ride London 2016
Photo©Callum MacGregor

But just because you can afford a nice machine and the entry fee for a sportive it doesn’t mean you know anything about bikes…

Ride London 2016
Photo©Callum MacGregor

The Johns Ambulance were there for the inevitable ‘fingers in the chainrings’ – that’s not so bad on gears, I did it once with a fixed and almost chopped my thumb off.

I can still hear the ‘crunch!’

Ride London 2016
Photo©Callum MacGregor

There could be no complaints about the parcours, taking in some of London’s most famous landmarks.