Neil Thompson has worked at Jaguar for a similar time as Martin Ayres, but feels less inclined to name a number! He also was the first embedded performance mechanic with the team in 2011, and here picks up the ‘On The Road’ Blog. Like Martin, he is a big pro cycling fan now after spending time with the team.
I think it’s been a shock, again, to see just how much you British love cycling! As a sport long dominated by continental Europe, the march of ‘Les Anglais’ has been an unstoppable force for a few years now.
For the past few days I have only really seen the riders looking happy in the mornings by the bus and too tired to be happy by the bus in the evenings. That said, the buzz was palpable on Sunday evening.
Consistency, they say, is a fine thing. In sport it certainly is, and many heads more qualified than mine have proved it. But the Tour de France dictates to hell with all that, and makes up its own set of rules – all of which revolve around wonderful, fascinating inconsistency.