Tour of Britain Stage 3. Close to Axe Edge, Buxton in the Peak District.

7 Sep


Tuesday was dry and warm, so we bought newspapers and a couple of sandwich meal deals from our village shop and headed east towards Leek, Buxton and the Peak District. Deliberately very early, as parking on the third stage of the Tour is very limited after the Cat and Fiddle climb, we found a decent layby which was just after the junction from the Cat and Fiddle (Goyt Valley “exit”) and the road back towards the finish at Tatton Park. The layby quickly filled up with other spectators as we waited over 2 hours for the race to arrive. After a picnic lunch, I set up one of the dash cams on the nearside mirror to automatically video the event.It shows just the main peloton and can be viewed below.


We chatted with the mature couple who arrived on the trail bike. They had come all the way from Gloucester! It was not long before the breakaway  arrived. Ian Stannard of Sky team lead the way and was obviously making his solo break for the finish, making good use of local knowledge and the downhill run back towards the area around Wildboarclough . He looked hugely powerful. So quickly did he depart that it was fairly obvious that we had just seen the stage winner!


It was around 5 minutes before the main peloton came into view. Hoping to see some of our heroes, including Mark Cavendish and Sir Bradley Wiggins, we focussed hard. But, blink and you’ve missed it, the peloton flashed past at high speed, enhanced by the descent.


A whirlwind of activity was quickly over and the whole entourage disappeared towards the moody clouds coming in from the east. A helicopter swept by and caught the camper on ITV4 footage for a tiny moment , just after showing Ian Stannard’s launch away from Briggs and House. Fame at last !As I said, blink and you miss it !


tob-2016-police-outrider The police motorcyclists in particular were making good progress. One of them managed to get his centre stand down and scraped the road as he approached the horizon. Pretty sure he was on one of the  BMW flat twins. The marshalls were riding with much less “vigour” !

Video from the dash cam should be here   



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