It’s Thursday evening and I have started to get ready for this years Tour of Britain.
Tonight, the car. I am a bit of an anorak and like to set up my car to make it easier and more fun to track and view the racing.
On the passenger dashboard I attach a copy of the route timings. This allows us to make sure we arein the right place at the right time.
To make it easier for Dad to to read it (I do all the driving) I highlight the main points and also every hour so that he can see where we need to be at a glance.
I have a GoPro camera pointing through the front screen. Well you never know when something might happen.
It’s more habit that I have this in the car, when I’m acting as a Commissaire or driving for a bike race I always use one forward and one rear facing to document if anything happens.
The next image is one of my satnav’s. This one is used to get us to the start, finish and our hotels. I always have the finish programmed in all day so that I can see how long it will take us to get there. Timings get checked with the dashboard mounted schedule.
The second satnav is also my phone and is connected to my car. I use this satnav to get us to the mid race viewing points. Above the phone is an iPad holder. This is angled to the passenger side so that I can’t see it. We are going to try an app call Tour Tracker this year, apparently this should give us an idea on where the race is. Sometimes it is difficult to know if you are in front or behind the race.
The final part of the install is my two radios. One is for the NEG outriders and the other Radio Tour. There is no way I would ever transmit on these radios, they are just for receiving only.
Again, I use them for other races where I am entitled to transmit.
So that’s the car sorted, clothes and laptop to be packed Friday night.
After that I have a few hours of work Saturday morning then the small matter of driving to Glasgow for the race start. It’s only 403 miles!
I really do love doing this, but I couldn’t do it without the support of my family. I spend 9 days away from my wife and children, but they know how much it means to me. I’m hoping that when they are older the children will either come with me or even better be racing and I can watch them winning.
I haven’t forgotten my wife, she did actually come to one days racing. Back on the very first tour she came to the final day in London. Although she said she enjoyed it, but hasn’t wanted to come again.
Just a few days to go and I’ll see you on the road side.