The ToB Commeth...

This sunday, 9th September sees the return of the annual jewel-in-the-crown of Britisah cycling, the Tour of Britain. The exciting eight stage race sees several world tour and pro-conti level teas mixing it up with the finest of our UK based continental teams racing a total of 1350km in the week. This years edition comes riding a public interest wave of epic proportions thanks in no small part to what may in future years be referred to as the halcyon days of British cycling.  With Wiggo's recent exploits en Paris and those of the heroes of the Olympic velodrome, the cycling scene continues to thrive and grow on or fare streets. 
The Tour of Britain allows UK based fans to get out on their streets and see some amazing racing, with riders duking it out on brutal climbs, cobbled streets and contesting sprints in some amazing English scenery.

The infamous Rapha H-van will be putting in an appearance and serving up some fine brews for race fans, and will be prominently positioned at key climbs on the following stages:

·       10 September - Stage 2 
Category 1 climb at Morridge, near Leek

·       14 September - Stage 6
Category 1 climb at Brecon, Brecon Beacons

·       15 September - Stage 7
Category 1 climb at Coffin Stone, Dartmoor

For regular updates from the H-Van follow @rapharacing on Twitter. Supporters are urged to wear pink and amass to cheer on the Rapha Condor team, with a teamof talented youth riders including U23 british champ Mike Cuming, headed up by the imperious Kristian House. And speaking of Mr House… loving this vid spied over at the condor cycles blog
Personally il be heading to the Surrey stage and cheering on the various climbs come 16th September, im pretty stoked to see some world class riders smash it over our backyard training routes... and given the glorious weather we are experiencing here currently, should make for a fantastic week!
Dont forget all the action will be screened daily on ITV4 (god bless you! we've been well and truly spoilt for coverage in 2012) and you can follow updates over at the Tour of Britain homepage. Enjoy!

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