With the Tour de France of 2016 about to enter its third and final week, what could be better than photographing a more local cycling endeavour? Slightly fewer people watching but no less exciting.
This is the annual Bronte Sportive, an 88 mile circuit with several hundred competitors, all monies raised going to the Sue Ryder charity. For those not quite capable of managing the full distance over a quite challenging Yorkshire terrain there were also shorter circuits.
As an initial location to catch the front runners, ickledot chose Penistone Hill just outside the village of Oxenhope where he lives. This brought back memories of the famous 2014 Tour de France which passed along the same route. ickledot had sat in almost exactly the same spot on that day. As a marked contrast he was then accompanied by hundreds of others whereas on this cold Sunday morning he was alone. Today first through was a cheerful looking no. 123 (above, name currently unknown). Perhaps his cycle from the start in Keighley had taken a little longer than his counterparts in 2014 but he covered the same route.
On that day back in 2014 the race leader at Penistone Hill had been Matthew Busche (Trek Factory Racing), closely followed by Bart De Clercq (Lotto). Great memories!
You can see more pictures from the Bronte Sportive here.