Scott’s Tour of Britain – the bus drivers are as impressive as the riders!
Lanes Group Commercial Director Scott Norris got to see some cycle racing as he acted as a volunteer marshal on the Tour of Britain – but it was Team Sky’s bus driver who impressed him most.
Scott was marshalling for second day of Britain’s biggest cycle race, as the riders covered the 116.6 miles from Carlisle to Kendal on Monday 5 September.
His duties included overseeing parking, then dispatching team buses off to Kendal after the start of the race, spending a lot of time close to Team Sky’s giant luxury tour bus.
Scott said: “Team Sky has some of the world’s best professional bike racers, and their bus drivers are pretty good as well. This driver reversed a huge bus down a narrow street and around a 90-degree bend without batting an eyelid!”
During the morning, Scott was rubbing shoulders with his cycling heroes, including Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish, as they buzzed in and out of their tour buses getting ready to race.
He then got to see some of the riders in action as they headed off to Kendal through the Lake District, ready to face some of the most punishing hill climbs road racing in the UK has to offer.
This was the end of Scott’s Tour of Britain marshalling adventure. He could only spend two days away from work to volunteer for the event – but he is already planning to return next year.
He said: “It’s great fun and a real privilege to see such a great event from the inside out. And it’s nice to think I helped make it happen, in some small way. I would recommend Tour of Britain race marshalling to anyone!”
The Tour of Britain has eight stages, ending in Regent Street in the centre of London on Sunday 11 September.