Le Tour de France en Angleterre

Le Tour de France

I am ridiculously excited about this coming weekend. It is this weekend that the Tour de France visits England for the first time since 1994, and only the third time in its history. On Saturday, London has the privilege of starting the Tour with the traditional prologue race, a 4.9 mile blast from Whitehall to Hyde Park and back to Buckingham Palace. Two of our home-grown riders have a really good chance of winning this – Bradley Wiggins and David Millar – and wearing the yellow jersey in the first stage proper.

The first stage takes the riders 126 miles from London to Canterbury. I will be based in Canterbury for the weekend where I hope to catch the inevitable frantic sprint finish.

If you’re anywhere near Kent on Sunday I urge you to check out the Stage 1 route – it winds its way from London through Gillingham, Maidstone, Tunbridge Wells and Ashford. I’ve seen the Tour de France pass before and the sense of anticipation and fun is amazing. Find a nice spot and wait for the entourage – the riders will take but a few seconds to go through, but ahead of the peleton there’s a huge carnival of colour and excitement. It’s forecast to be a sunny weekend (finally), so get yourselves outside and be a part of the greatest race on Earth.