There are some moments that stand out in your life and one of those for me was when the Tour de France came to England. Last time was in 2007 and it was the day after I had bought Boreas. It was going to be local so a good chance for me to try out the new bike. It was going within 40 miles of where I live and Martyn and I decided to go to the KOM at Goudhurst so up early- drive to within comfortable cycling distance and then ride in. Well we got there early and picked out spot at the top of the hill---well long slope if the truth is known but the Town of Goudhurst was going to make a day of it and treated it as Carnival-Jubilee-Fete- massive street party all rolled into one. It was set up for the locals with all the shops open and doing good trade. Food was provided by the local organisations and was not the inflated prices you get at other events. The whole day was fantastic and I even managed to buy one of the TDF Musets with the T Shirt- Cap and other trinkets so I was happy.
One thing I wished I had managed to get though was one of the street signs that Informed you that the roads were closed. There were enough of them about but we did not have a cutter to get through the Zip ties that were holding them in place. Plus on top of that- The police were arresting anyone trying to take them down. Why I don't know as they would be scrapped after the event.
Well today I have had something fall into my hands. Someone I know- No names mentioned- Went to a house that had one of these hanging on the wall. How he managed to get it from them I do not know but he got it. These posters are rarer than Rocking horse S**t and have been going on E-Bay for some respectable money. These things are rare and 5 years after the event I am now the proud owner of one.
May not seem to be much to any of you but for me it is a momento of one of the best days spent cycling that I have spent.
So what have any of you managed to gain that reminds you of outstanding moments of your cycling pastime