I was lucky enough to be selected to do a bit of reconnaissance of Stage 7 of the 2013 Tour of Britain with one of the UK’s leading pro teams, IG-Sigma Sport. A small handful of us, including fellow TCC teammates Mo and Rob, met at Sigma Sport in Kingston for coffee and croissants while Team Manager, Becky Frewing, organized logistics and the support vehicles were loaded.
Two teams would head out, I rode with James Moss, Pete Williams and Matt Cronshaw.
The 100km+ route took us out towards Dorking, up and over the back of Leith Hill and back over Coombe Lane.
It was fantastic riding with the IG Sigma Sport boys as we chatted about all things cycling, including training, team selection, bikes, tactics, recovery etc.
Once we hit the slopes of Coldharbour Lane the pace picked up and it was every man for himself. I managed to stay with the 3 guys up Leith Hill even though my head felt like it was going to explode! It was great to see first-hand how they could inject pace on the steeper sections.
The ride back to the shop was smoother in classic chaingang formation and I had an interesting talk with Simon, the Directeur Sportif, about marketing and other logistics.
A great ride with fantastic people. Good luck in the tour!