Bradley Wiggins at full pelt on the Portsmouth Road
Agent Triple P went out to watch the Olympic road time trials yesterday and cheer on Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome (and, indeed Lizzie Armitstead and Emma Pooley too; who both rode very well in a very strong field).
We were surprised how many people were out on the road to cheer them on. Cobham has a big American school, which takes people from many nationalities, so we saw people from Norway, Spain, Netherlands, America, South Africa, Australia, Denmark and Germany waving their flags too. The crowd was a mixture of gnarly cyclists and families, with some pretty elaborate picnics on display, as you would expect in this area.
Everyone cheered every rider as they flashed past. Fortunately it was a bright afternoon so we managed to get 1/1000 of a second shutter speed, which you certainly need in order to try and capture the cyclists as they whizz past, sometimes only about five feet from you. Indeed Lizzie Armistead was so close we had trouble photographing her at all.
Lizzie Armistead passes about five feet from Triple P
The time trial makes for a much better spectator event than the, blink and you'll miss them, road race and it was interesting to see who had passed the rider ahead from the original start order.
The police motorcyclists seemed to be enjoying every minute of the event, waving at the crowd and getting cheered as they went by. Triple P enjoyed this fine specimen of the constabulary as she ensured the crowd got their feet out of the road before each rider came past.
Chris Froome gets some female support
We didn't find out that Bradley Wiggins had won the gold medal until we were on our way back home when there was a great cheer from those with radios. Froome was a good bronze medal winner as well but we suspect Mrs Wiggins will have to get used to being Lady Wiggins next year!