Spent a blustery evening at Canary Wharf yesterday with a strange mix of suits and cyclists. It was round one of the Halfords Tour Series, a one-hour spectacle in which ten pro teams battled it out on a tight street circuit. A highlight of the chilly evening was the team of cheerleaders in tiny black and pink outfits jumping about vigorously to keep warm. Try as they did, they couldn’t steal the show from the cyclists, some riding for teams whose names were more than a mouthful – I think Motorpoint Marshalls Pasta was my favourite.
Individual honours went to Tony Gibb of CyclePremier Metaltek, but the overall team victory went to those stylish chaps from Rapha Condor Sharp, with Dean Downing, Dean Windsor and Graham Briggs taking third, fifth and sixth spots respectively. The tour moves on to Durham tomorrow, and then travels around the country over the next few weeks, bringing the gladiatorial style of criterium racing to the masses.
If you missed last nights event – and I know that both of my readers weren’t there – you can catch up by watching ITV4 at 7pm tonight.