I had a lovely invitation recently to join the fantastic staff team at Darwin Forest Country Park on Friday, 11th September for a little culinary indulgence in the lovely Foresters restaurant, before heading out to watch Stage 6 of the Tour of Britain as they passed by this beautiful part of Derbyshire.
As we tucked into a sumptuous buffet, some of us watched the race on the big screen, in anticipation as the cyclists got closer and closer to where we would see them!
The flags were in place on the roadside and everyone started to gather as the excitement started to build. It was a great privilege to have been invited by Darwin Forest Country Park to spend the afternoon capturing a special moment in time for them.
There was lots of cheering and waving as the police and support vehicles drove past clearing the way and stopping traffic en route for the cyclists.
As the first wave of cyclists came through I got caught up in the action and excitement, snapping away with my camera on a fast shutter speed and continuous focus!
Then everything stopped, the roads opened again and as minutes passed we all wondered what was happening, but eventually after 30 minutes the final wave of cyclists approached and the cheers from the crowd started once again. Before you could shout ‘Good Luck’ they had whizzed passed us!!
There was such a fantastic turnout of people at Darwin Forest Country Park showing their support for the cyclists and event organisers. Well done to everyone who took part from Amanda McConnell Photography and a special congratulations to the winner, Edvald Boasson Hagen who claimed the race win and to Welshman Owain Doull, riding for Team Wiggins, who was the highest placed British rider in third.
We celebrated back at The Foresters with tea and yummy cakes!
Details of the Stage 6 route can be found at: http://www.tourofbritain.co.uk/stages/stage6/index.php#.VfamR_RDvQg and the results can be found at https://www.tourofbritain.co.uk/results/index.php#.VfbuY_RDvQg