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    We watched it in Cumbria a couple of years ago when they used Hartside Fell as a summit finish.We parked in the lovely village of Melmerby where the climb starts and walked up.(was going to ride in from Keswick but that's another story).
    We aimed to get to the last hairpin about 200m before the Finish/Cafe as you can see quite far down from there but not a chance. We ended up about 1.5km from the finish as it was so busy!
    The weather was good which helped,or didn't as the case may be!
    Village had a Hog roast going on when we got back down so it would have been rude not to partake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The return of Marty Wild View Post
    So for insight on the Pros and chances of meeting them, you think the start is better?
    I'd say so - I don't know about the T of B itself and I accept it may be a bit more restricted, corporate etc but at the Ride London classic the Mrs was in full star spotting mode.

    If you can/can be bothered to get to the sign in area - look for where the bike racks are. The pros ride up, rack up and then sign in. Good chance to get snaps, hero worship - whatever floats your boat.

    For me I was more interested in the unbelievable bike porn on display at such close quarters although I did get my charity top signed by a few!

    (Cheesy pic for provenance purposes only) IMG_5808.jpg

    Alternatively get near the finish and find where the team buses are parked up. Slightly less opportunity here as most of them just want to get off the bike and on the bus. Occasionally though they'll re-emerge for their warm down on the turbo.

    Really is a great thing about cycling as opposed to many other sports - the accessibility to the fans.

    I notice Cav is now riding. I have a rare Paul Smith, 2013 Giro Red Sprinters jersey that I'd love to have signed by the winner to hang on the wall of my man cave... May try to get along to a stage start!

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    Quality, start works better really as its under 15m from my house.
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    No brainer that mate. Good spectacle on your doorstep.

    On another note - La Vuelta today I notice starts just 30 mins bike ride from my in-laws new apartment in Spain. Obviously too late for today but one I'll be watching in future years!

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    Looking forward to it, having trouble getting my mates to commit however.

    Was in Barcelona last year, they passed pretty close, didn't manage to persuade the missus we should trek down there to PenisCola of all places haha
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    Going to ride to Duffryn with the missus and son to take some photos/videos as the peloton passes or perhaps go to Cardiff in the hope of getting some better pics and maybe some autographs after the race has finished.

    It's not a bad roster tbh.

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    Some big names in there for sure, just watched Stage 1.
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    I take back much of what I said in my post #2. Marty MacDonald is a much better and knowledgeable commentator than Hugh Porter and Brian Smith has obviously been working on his diction and hardly said 'you know'. Sadly he has replaced it with...'err' in every alternate sentence - still its an improvement.

    I actually watched most of the second part of the stage live after coming back from my own bike ride although that was only because it was raining so I couldn't get out in the garden. And I confess I fell asleep for the best part of an hour but most of what I remember when I was awake was interesting - I think! At least the sprint finish would have graced any Grand Tour.
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    Thought Smith's analysis of the finish was ridiculous - Boasson Hagen moved a huge amount and put Viviani into the barriers, doesn't matter if he's "not that kind of rider" and "didn't mean it".

    Judging by his reaction post race Boasson Hagen realised straight away that he was in the wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dickmarl View Post
    Thought Smith's analysis of the finish was ridiculous - Boasson Hagen moved a huge amount and put Viviani into the barriers, doesn't matter if he's "not that kind of rider" and "didn't mean it".

    Judging by his reaction post race Boasson Hagen realised straight away that he was in the wrong.
    He did say, though, that he hadn't done it on purpose or had he?

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