Posted on Friday 30 May 2008 by Nick Bloom
On shallow slates the pigeons shift together, backing against a thin rain from the west.
We gathered, huddled, under the cover of Smithfield Market, just chill, just damp. The pattern in the puddles constant. First a mere half dozen riders, then a in ones and twos our number grew. A good spread of ages, though almost entirely male, mainly roadies, a sprinkling of foolhardy fixies, a handful of hybrids, even a faired ‘bent. A short time to admire the machinery, as Rapha staffers casually modeled the latest Rapha kit to the hapless masses. A few minutes grace for latecomers, then just after 7.40 Linus lead us out – a string of 40-odd riders, including 9 Central London ‘marshalls’. more »