Britain produces some very good riders but for a country visible from French shores, it does not have a much a race calendar. After all, only a handful of events are UCI-ranked, I think Slovenia has more. Many of the best British riders come from the track, not the road
But thanks to Twitter I’d picked up a buzz about the “Tour Series”, a collection of town centre races designed to showcase the sport. There aren’t big names – over in Ireland Garmin’s Dan Martin, a skinny climber, managed to drop the field in the Dublin event – but just look at the photo below, from cyclingnews.com.
The annotation is mine, check out the crowds stealing every vantage point possible, it’s a sight to make the organisers, riders and sponsors proud. One way to start a racing scene is to use races like this, it brings a more exciting form right to the public, as opposed to a more normal road race which flashes by the countryside, often to the unique entertainment of farm animals. Here’s hoping the growing popularity of the sport in the UK can gain in momentum.