Cycling’s Tour of Britain speeds through Park

Christchurch Park couldn’t have looked more beautiful this morning for the hundred or so cyclists who sped through the Park during the first few minutes of this year’s Tour of Britain. Leaving the Waterfront at 10am, Olympic and Tour de France stars including Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish were out of the Park Road gates by 10.10am, but just had time to appreciate the glories of the Park and the Mansion. The thousands who turned out to cheer on their heroes will also have marvelled at the size of the accompanying entourage, with numerous police outriders and as many bicycles on the tops of team cars as being pedalled by the competitors themselves. The riders will complete the 126 mile first stage of the Tour to the Norfolk Showground in about 5 hours.