Le Tour de Regent's Park

The unannounced daily cycling event around the Outer Circle

Peloton approaching
Rider in green leading
Another closing in



Legs pumping
Sweat dripping


Elbows out
Jockeying for position


Heads down
Closing in on the corner


HOLD UP.

RED LIGHT.


A never-ending race


Dawn


S p a c i o u s

Staggered


Pinarello
Specialized
Giant
Trek



A concrete battleground

Standing
Accelerating

The
peloton
strings
out
around
the
bend
smooth
streamlined
aero


all

the


Cars backed up. Queuing.

Quick dodge

Look this way

Turn back



Lycra-clad MAMILS
Hunt in a pack
Seek the next sprint
In their laps of the track





A
Reminds us
An
Passes

Red
Turquoise

Road


Helmet
No helmet
No helmet

Counting the miles
To hit today’s distance


Sprinting to the end





Imaginary finish line
Awaits those who dream

Arms raised




Freewheeling


Riders peel off

Racing spirit on hold

Track emptied



Ready to

For the glory



Dawn

A never-ending race


Until we meet




Side-by-side
Freewheeling
Chatting to friends


Feeling the summer breeze
Hair dancing in the wind


Up on the tops
Heads back

Clearing the mind -



HIT THE BRAKES.

Pedestrians cross now.


A peaceful place


Dusk

s t r e e t s


starts





Santander

A Sunday cruise



Cautious breaking.











Falling behind. Legs spinning.
Painting Starry Night

over

road

Tooting. Waiting.


Slow plod

Then that

They’re still there
Barely making up ground





Ripped jeans or Sunday best
Anything goes
Love-birds holding hands
As the summer sun glows

face mask
of the time we are in
ambulance
and someone’s within

Yellow


Hybrid
Folding

No helmet
No helmet
Helmet undone



Counting the minutes
‘Til bike return’s due

Winding
d
o
w
n



in the air
Wrangling in the crew

No one’s amiss

bliss.



Time to head home

Bikes docked

Paths clear


return


For the laughs

Dusk



A peaceful place

again.

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