Our Home Tour


Words: Andy McGrath Photos: David Blanks/Rouleur

We nearly burned the clutch out up Honister Pass. 

We sat two kilometres down the descent of Pen-y-Pass, with only scree and a stream for company.

We got food poisoning in Llanberis.

We rocked out to Rage Against The Machine heading into Sidmouth.

We gave a stranded photographer a lift from Dartmoor to Basingstoke.

We were kept entertained by our sat-nav’s Jamaican voice for six days.

It broke on the seventh and we spent an hour and a half looking for a hotel in West Drayton that wasn’t actually in West Drayton.

We asked Angel Madrazo “where is the cheese?” in pidgin Spanish.

We talked to Wouter Sybrandy about his staggering recovery from a terrible crash.

We logged 1,500 miles in eight days around Britain. That’s the equivalent of driving from London to Kiev.

_DSC0249The bunch heads down a Cumbrian lane on stage two

_DSC0260Bleak is beautiful. Hardy souls wait on Honister Pass for the Tour of Britain

_DSC0349Pain in the rain for Angel Madrazo (Movistar) at Knowsley Safari Park

_DSC0368 copyWill Stephenson warms down on rollers in the Rapha-Condor-JLT van

_DSC0416 copyIan Wilkinson leads the doomed break down Pen-y-Pass towards Llanberis

 _DSC0700 copyMarco Coledan (l) and Alexandre Blain (r) sprint for the finish in Guildford

_T4Q5894Photographers spy Cav in the capital

_T4Q5889Rouleur Combativity Award winner Kristian House pedals down Whitehall before the start of the final stage

_DSC0615 copyAngel Madrazo (Team Movistar)

David Blanks is a photography student at the University of Falmouth. You can see more of his work here.

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One Response to “Our Home Tour”

  1. ragtimecyclist Says:

    Fantastic photography, love the atmospheric shot of Honister – really captures the sense of doom in the air. Great personality from Madrazo, and why does Rapha always look so bloody cool, even under grey British skies.

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