Tour of Britain

The Tour of Britain came through Norfolk again today, as it did in 2010, 2011 and other years, including 2012 when it came through our village... Over to Reepham to see it come through, and we had a good vantage point to see the cyclists and all the vehicles that accompany it, and police the rolling road blocks. There was a small leading group, followed a few minutes later by the peloton. The rain stopped for us, which was good, and I grabbed quite a few decent pictures.

Edvald Boasson Hagen is in the lead, but Andre Greipel won the stage.

The final stage is tomorrow, in London.

We also got a souvenir, a bidon from a Wiggins team rider, complete with the last dregs of isotonic drink in it.
The region meanwhile benefitted from the extra income brought in by the race.

2012’s route through Norfolk and Suffolk saw around 150,000 people line the roadside, and the 2011 and 2012 races brought a boost of over £3 million to the economies of both counties. 

Paul Smyth, Chairman of the Communities Committee at Norfolk County Council, said: “In previous years the Tour of Britain has brought significant economic investment into Norfolk and proved to be a hugely popular event, so the race returning to the county is welcome news. 

“We are the only east of England stage and as well as giving a boost to Norfolk's profile and businesses, it may also lead to increased cycling among residents, with consequent health benefits." 

(Source: Norfolk County Council)

Image: Alan Parkinson, more on my Flickr page

UPDATE - could this be Sir Brad discarding the bidon that we found?