Monday, 4th January 2010
Undisclosed location, London
Anyone that thinks spending several hours of their lives of Facebook is a waste of time can think again. By following the newly formed Team Sky on their Facebook page, I was gifted the opportunity to ride with them on a pre-launch ride around London village.
After a speedy change in the toilets at work (for I was working on the Sunday night), followed by hurtling down the M1 motorway into London, I received the text message that would tell me the location of my super-secret special meeting place. I had to go to the Inner Circle of Regent’s Park. I found the rather conveniently located car park in St John’s Wood, following a tip-off from a fellow Twitter user and, with the aid of the on-bike GPS made my way to the aforementioned location. Once there, I was met by my good friend, Simon. The day was cold and icy, and hanging around talking nonsense waiting for a bunch of professional cyclists to turn up with their swanky new bikes and their swanky new team kits did nothing to aid the flow of our rapidly freezing blood, but after what felt like about six weeks, the first sight of the new team Jaguars, with new Pinarellos on the roof, swept into view.
As we stood in the cold, here was much messing about by team mechanics, and milling about by film crews, while the professional cyclists sat in the warmth of their posh cars, waiting until the last minute to get out and onto their bikes. I think the plan was to wait until I was truly hypothermic, so that they could beat me. Once my body temperature dropped to dangerous levels, we were off.
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I’ve no idea whatsoever where we went. When I finally download the data from the Garmin, I might provide a map. Then again, I might not. It could be top secret.
Fatman: Pinarello Paris with full 9-speed Ultegra and Mavic Open Pros
Simon: Cervelo S1 with full 10-speed Ultegra and Dura Ace wheels
Team Sky: Pinarello Dogma 60.1 with full Dura Ace Di2 (lucky bastards!)