Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Strathbungo - Centre of UK Cycling

Strathbungo is well known for it's bicycles with both Willy Bain's bike repair shop and Bike plus being in the village and Craig Mcmartin's being just along Pollokshaws Road in Crossmyloof. However on Sunday 4th Sept 2016 the village became the centre of UK cycling as the Tour of Britain made it's way through the village. Bradley Wiggins et al set off from Glasgow city centre and arrived in the village around noon.

For around thirty minutes Pollokshaws Road and its side streets were closed by Motor Cycle Police, whilst cycling enthusiasts and others lined the village's main thoroughfare to watch the spectacle. McDonalds even provided free coffee to onlookers and bowls of water for their dogs and then with the sun shining the cyclists arrived. First there was a small breakaway leading group and then the peloton itself, hundreds of cyclists riding as one unit, like a flock of birds, each cyclist being an integral part of the overall group. All dressed in the flamboyant colours of their respective teams. And then they were gone.  

Fortunately local photographer Ian Goudie was there to capture the occasion. Those few minutes when Strathbungo was the centre of British cycling.

The Wiggins Team Talk Tactics in Strathbungo

All of Ian's photographs are here