With Stage 3 of the Tour of Britain finishing at Dumfries today, I set out to support the event and experience some of the sights and sounds at the end of the stage. That's the actual finishing line - really it is - above!
see here. This time I watched the cyclists pass 'my corner' thanks to the big screen set up on the Whitesands. At least the weather on the Scottish stage was rather better this year than last.
I watched the last 20 kilometres or so on the big screen with my camera stowed away in my bag. The big screen showed the leaders swinging on to the Whitesands with Sky's Luke Rowe (now there's someone to keep an eye on for the future) leading Cavendish out. Textbook stuff and so well executed by the Sky team today.
I looked up, he flashed by. Did Cav win? Of course. I may not actually have seen it - I think I blinked - but... I WAS THERE! Another magical sporting moment for me in a year when I have watched so much great sport.
When you've got to go, you've got to go! The required business of any winner in any elite sport these days.
Back home and it was time to watch the hour's worth of highlights on ITV4. Great scenery. Some interesting pronunciations. I will have to call the Grey Mare's Tail, the 'Grey Marr's Tale', in the future, though it is hard to fault Hugh Porter's enthusiastic commentary on the race!
As last year, the delights of Wamphray did not feature in the highlights programme (shame!), but the spectacular last kilometres of the sprint finish into Dumfries came over well in the televised coverage, thanks particularly to the helicopter!
I made the compulsory purchase of a Tour mug from the concession tent, and I look forward to using it and watching the rest of the Tour of Britain from the comfort of my living room in the days ahead!
Photos © Skip Cottage