Tour of Britain Cycle Race

AA patrols keep top cyclists on the road

5 September 2008

Cyclists in the 2008 tour of Britain cycle race which is being supported by AA breakdown patrols

Two AA patrols, Manchester-based Adam Ashmore and Egham-based Mark Joselyn, are going to be supporting the prestigious Tour of Britain cycle race that starts in London this Sunday (7 September).

They will travel the length and breadth of the country as part of the race crew, keeping the tour officials and teams going in the event of a breakdown.

It's the second year that Adam, AA patrol of the year in 2007, has supported the event. He says: "The reaction we get when people see us in the yellow AA van, beacons flashing, following the peloton is great – they sometimes do a double-take!

"It's a fantastic event to be involved with and we get a real buzz keeping the teams going. Last year, we did 58 breakdowns ranging from blown bulbs to repairing smashed-up motorbikes – one time we literally had to sprint back to the van after fixing a bike and rejoined the convoy with only ten seconds to spare!"

Mark was chosen as he's a keen cyclist and one of the AA's bicycle-based breakdown patrols who attended Wimbledon and other events this year. He says: "It's going to be a fantastic event to be involved with and it will be a real buzz keeping the teams going. My only concern is being able to keep pace with the peloton – those guys seriously motor along!"

Paul Rowlands from the Tour of Britain says: "We're proud to have the ongoing support of the AA for the race as they have supplied a fantastic service to the Tour over recent years and we look forward to working with the guys again on the 2008 race."

Stage 1 of the Tour of Britain is a street circuit in central London taking in some of the city's most famous landmarks, and the final stage finishes in Liverpool on Sunday 14 September.

Factfile

The Tour of Britain is a blue riband cycling event, formerly known as the Milk Race, the Kellogg's Tour and the Pru Tour.

The 2008 Tour of Britain is composed of eight stages, visiting a total of 15 venues, beginning in London on Sunday 7 September and finishing in Liverpool eight days later.

The 2008 race is shaping up to be the best yet with a number of Team GB's Olympic medallists confirmed to take part and a host of international teams and star riders making this the best field yet for the race.

For more information on the Tour including details of all the race stages, teams and latest news, please visit: http://www.tourofbritain.co.uk/

 

5 September 2008