Cycling prowess displayed through the streets of St Peter Port

September 23rd, 2013 by Richard Lord

Ian Brown of Ian Brown's Cycle Shop holds a Sky Jersey worn and signed by Sir Bradley Wiggins at the start line of the IAG Guernsey elite riders criterium through the streets of St Peter Port, Guernsey (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Ian Brown of Ian Brown’s Cycle Shop holds a Sky Jersey worn and signed by Sir Bradley Wiggins at the start line of the IAG Guernsey Grand Prix elite men’s criterium through the streets of St Peter Port, Guernsey (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The St Peter Port waterfront road became a track for racing cyclists of all ages on Sunday 22 September 2013.

There were morning races for under 8s, under 10s, under 12s, under 14s, and local seniors. There were three races in the afternoon for under 16s, and elite lady and men cyclists.

At the start of the elite men’s race Ian Brown of Ian Brown’s Cycle Shop and Honorary Patron of the cancer charity Male Uprising Guernsey announced the wonderful news that Sir Bradley Wiggins, winner of the Tour de France in 2012 and Tour of Britain 2013, was going to visit Guernsey in October 2013.

Ian Brown held a Sky Jersey worn by Sir Bradley Wiggins during the Tour de France and signed by him.

Elite men cyclists 15 minutes into the race along the St Peter Port waterfront (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Elite men cyclists 15 minutes into the criterium race along the St Peter Port waterfront (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The IAG Guernsey Grand Prix criterium for elite men cyclists began shortly after 4 pm on a warm and sunny last day of summer 2013.

Elite men cyclists during the IAG Guernsey Grand Prix criterium in St Peter Port on 22 September 2013 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Elite men cyclists during the IAG Guernsey Grand Prix criterium in St Peter Port on 22 September 2013 (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The elite men cyclists had to cycle in a loop along the St Peter Port waterfront for 45 minutes before sprinting five laps of the course to the finish.

Elite men cyclists power along the St Peter Port waterfront about 25 minutes into the start of their race (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Elite men cyclists power along the St Peter Port waterfront about 25 minutes into the start of their race (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The IAG Guernsey Grand Prix Facebook page mentions that 2013 marks the 10th anniversary of the Island Games held in St Peter Port when Mark Cavendish, who won the final stage of the Tour of Britain 2013, took the honours in St Peter Port.

A Guernsey elite cyclist rounds the Albert statue roundabout in St Peter Port (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

A Guernsey elite cyclist rounds the Albert statue roundabout in St Peter Port half an hour into the criterium (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The eventual winners of the elite men's criterium race through the streets of St Peter Port power up Fountain Street and around the Town Church (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The eventual winners of the elite men’s criterium race through the streets of St Peter Port power up Fountain Street and around the Town Church (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Chasing the leaders during the final laps of the elite men's criterium race around the streets of St Peter Port (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Chasing the leaders during the final laps of the elite men’s criterium race around the streets of St Peter Port (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

 

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