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YELLOW JERSEY LOOP I CYCLE TOURS


Sir Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish and TeamSky visit Strickland Arms to Present one of his Tour De France 2012 Yellow Jersey,s


proprietors of the Strickland Arms, decided to promote the Tour of Britain. They did so with such vigour and enthusiasm that British Cycling gave them an award. Well, the story is quite a long one and is best told over a pint; so you’ll not get the complete works here, but might like to visit the Strickland to get it from the horse’s mouth. Anton, I am told, needs little encouragement to chat.


The outline was this; at the end of a stage in Dumfries, won by Mark Cavendish, a small group from Sky were going to come and present Anton and Penny with their award. A large crowd gathered outside. A few phone calls later and, to the surprise of everyone – especially in the kitchen – the whole Sky team, mechanics and all, were coming to dinner.


A minor panic ensued, but all was 36 www.cyclingworldmag.com


managed with aplomb; the pub staff and the mass of fans and the Team had a grand evening. Anton discovered how much cyclists can eat and drink, what an amiable bunch they were and that all his hard work had been worth it. He took the bears to sit by the A6 as the Tour passed by the next day – the riders waved and, apparently, wondered where the pub was.


So, ask Anton for the rest of the tale, and enjoy one of Penny’s pies whilst you are at it.


BRACING CYCLING


As for me, I wheeled away out of Penrith onto Anton’s commemorative Yellow Jersey Loop. Though Penrith is a busy town, it does not take long to get out into the countryside. The route follows NCR 7 through Newton Reigny as far as Laithes, where it turns onto NCR 71 to Greystoke.


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