I actually find the extent of the road closures on Sunday quite repressive - do they really need to be closed for so long? There are lots of us who live on the "wrong" side of the route who will be boxed in for all that time. This is quite difficult when you need to travel on Sundays.
And then to find out that all the inconvenience here is for a procession to the start at Greenwich and not the actual race itself!
That's what happens when you live in a dynamic attractive city that is asked to host probably one of the biggest sporting events in the world. You don't need to be a cycling fan to enjoy the size, excitement and energy of the race as it goes by. It's a spectacle to be enjoyed for what it is. In fact at racing speed you would probably only see the riders for seconds at most. Dip your toes in, the water might be nice.
If not then I am sure an event that you will enjoy will be along soon and we will need to put up with the inconvienence that it will cause. We share this space we live in....and we all know that sharing means compromise.
The sight of that many cyclists and their entourage coming over Tower Bridge and along Jamaica Road was just amazing. Definately a unique occassion and gave a real insight into what a huge sporting event Le Tour is. Hope lots of people managed to see it and it made up for the road closures !
I have never really followed cycling before but I might be tempted to watch a few stages now !